Damn, today was just a perfect day, in every way. Sunny and in the 60's.... Hope met up with me this morning so we could go riding, she's been pining to go out for a couple weeks now (she's a wuss with the cold, actually put her Spyder up for the winter...Pshaw!)
Anyhow, we met up. I needed to go to south Denver (about 40 miles) to run an errand so she came along. After that, we figured out that a friend of ours from Nebraska (sorry, not doug...a different friend) Anyway, our friend was in a town called Sterling, about 150 miles northeast of Denver out where the flatlanders & farmers live....so we took off! Got there around 4, hung out for a bit and then we all went to a great little mexican restaurant for dinner. After dinner, Hope and I took off for home, and it was a glorious sundowner ride headed back west, just absolutely gorgeous! We stopped in a little town for gas and then got back on the highway when it happened....
....There we were, a 130 miles from home, and my clutch cable decided to give up the ghost. Damn. Fuck. Shit.
...well, at least I was on the superslab so no stoplights to hassle with for about 120 miles, just gassed up, I've practiced clutchless shifting, so I'm pretty good to go! Now it's dusk...getting dark. hmm....keep on keepin on.
Hope needed to get home, so I told her to send out the search party if she didn't hear from me and off she went. Now I'm 100 miles from home, in the dark. with a goddam broken cable. oh well, keep on going.
I planned my route out in my head to minimize the stoplights I'd encounter along the way, going about 15 miles out of my way, but staying with the interstate until I could hit the surface highway near my house...made the exit onto the highway no prob...until about 10 miles from home, the highway is being shut down for road construction for the night...FUCK! well, I made it in the nick of time, before the road got shut down for good, and made it to the exit nearest my house. only 3stoplights to sweat...made the 1st one, timed the light and then turned at the second one....3rd one turns yellow then red just
as I get to it, and there's cross-traffic so I can't run it....so I had to stop.
Well, I'm on a flat section of road. I cant run alongside the bike and then hop on very well cause I have luggage attached. I get it in neutral and start paddling my feet like Fred Flintstone, but just can't quite get going quick enough to pop into gear and take off. I push along for about 200 yards, and then turn off on a side street...the side street is headed uphill into a residential neighborhood.
...but I'm only 1.5 miles from home!
I take a minute to rest. As I 'm standing there in the dark, I look around and realize the the hill crests after about 50 yards, and then goes downhill
for about 300 yards! Hooray!!!
Hop on the bike, ignition on...in neutral...paddle, paddle, paddle....pop into gear...Vroom Vroom!!!
a couple minutes later, I coast into the driveway, made it home in one piece!
Task for tomorrow, locate a new clutch cable. TWO
new cables in fact! (AH-AH-AH!) so that I'll have a spare for the next time this happens, if ever.
Anybody have some good advice on the best place to get this from, assuming that the local stealer will want $40-$50??? I've seen em listed on ebay pretty cheap, like $15 or so....but they are probly gonna be on the slow boat from China. I'd like em reasonably priced, and reasonably fast..which means FAST!
Anyway, that was my day of adventure and fun...hope you enjoyed reading about it.