Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southend, Essex,UK
Rep Power: 1
The end of an era, for me.
I had BMW f650 Funduro. Purely as a winter/daily runaround while my Hornet 9 is tucked up in the garage staying dry/clean and salt free. I maintained the Beemer lovingly and trusted it totally. I did many trips at motorway speeds, and would often have it in the outside lane at 80mph+.
However I was out riding in January. Typical bad weather,rain,wind an all that. I had just entered a right hand bend, doing 50mph. Then it happened. A loud bang, followed by the back wheel locking up, followed by a ding ding ding sort of noise. I managed to wrestle the bike to a stop. I looked down and saw that the chain was wrapped around the back wheel, and not going anywhere near the front sprocket. I removed the sprocket cover to reveal..... you guessed it.... nothing.
I eventually found the sprocket 50 metres away(the ding ding noise). I have since fixed the bike, but the trust has gone.....and now so has the bike.
I have now replaced it with..... another Hornet. A 600 S.
I have to say, this is my third Hornet. and I'd forgotten just how much fun the 600 is. I know it probably shows a slight lack of imagination, having two bikes that are almost the same, but I just love Hornets.
I hope you are all well.