Keep your saddlebags closed!
So yesterday me and a guy from work took off riding, and ended up around the lake. We stopped on the old bay bridge that has been shut down and is now just a fishing pier. It was warming up so I took my sweatshirt off and put it in my saddlebag. We had a smoke and talked a little then took off again. About a mile down the road I heard a loud thumping noise and felt the back end of the bike hopping around. In an instant I looked back and saw pieces of debris flying off my bike onto the road. I thought I had blown a rear tire, so I was hard on the front brakes and pulled over. Climbed off the bike and to my surprise the tire was just fine, but there was my gray hooded sweatshirt wrapped up on the wheel, chain, and sprocket! I put the bike on the center stand and tried to unwrap it, but it was way to tight, so I took my pocket knife and just started cutting little pieces off until it finally loosened up enough to unwind. After I got it out everything seemed OK so I was able to ride home no problem. It did stretch my chain out a lot, as I had just adjusted it about a week ago and it was really loose. I think the chain is shot, I think the O-rings were damaged, but I cant really tell by looking at them. Last night I gave the chain the old Kerosene bath and lubed it up but the links are still kinked. I am going to order a new chain and sprockets today, but the old ones will work for now at least. I guess I am pretty fortunate because it could have been a lot worse. At 60 mph if that back tire had locked up I would have been in a world of s***. The lesson here is to make sure your saddlebags are closed up before taking off! I am really pissed that I let this happen, but at least it wasnt worse than it was. Now Im off to order a new chain and sprockets. This will give me a good excuse to try some different gearing anyway.
Knees in the breeze!