Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: RENTON, WA, USA
I'm sure there are a lot more "untold" stories out there............
This is just one of mine.
On the way back from EOD school in Alabama I had parked the bike on a "remove tire chains" wide spot on the shoulder of the freeway going thru Wyoming somewhere. Because this was back in the days when Uncle Sam paid very little......I had budgeted my trip very carefully. Ate a LOT of Beanee Weanies and slept at campgrounds...you know. Well, I'd had my daily rations already that day......was hot, and tired, threw the bike (Moto Guzzi 850-T) up on the centerstand and draped my ankles up over the handlebars. Mind you, this bike had the "police Kit" on it....floorboards...heel/toe shifter....and the wide, wide wheel barrow handlebars, and that really long, locking sidestand!! Had one of those ancient Windjammer fairings too....with the radio wired for headphone jacks etc, etc.
Well, I leaned back up against the tent/sleeping bag pile and let my head settle into a really comfortable position, thinking about what I'd be able to afford to eat later on in the day....maybe a grilled cheese with a great big ol' dill pickle...mmmm goooooood!! After a bit I opened my eyes and was looking at the clouds, and I'm thinking "Man! I'm so hungry I'm getting dizzy....I must be pretty nauseous.....those clouds weren't moving that fast when I stopped!!"....and just about then I find myself rolling across the asphalt on my hands and knees!! Yep...you got it.....the asphalt was so new, and the day was so warm.....my bike had sunk into it just far enough that both wheels were on the ground, with nothing to hold it up any longer. Over it went!!
Well, with a bit of a struggle I eventually got it unstuck........only to find that the part of the tab that locked the sidestand into its slot, was broken! It would still retract like it was supposed to....and come down like it was supposed to.....just wouldn't lock in place...........like it was supposed to.
Well, I did get back into town, (Great Falls) the next day, but before I went home, I thought I'd stop at the dealership I'd bought the bike from, to see if they could get me another of those tabs for the sidestand. So I pulled up, kicked the sidestand out, leaned the bike over and went to get off.....all in one smoooooooth well coordinated motion. Except the bike kept going.....and going....and going......BAM! It went so far over it snapped the windshield into 2 neat pieces!! you remember that little tab?? The one that's supposed to lock into place and keep the bike from rolling any further forward?? Well, it also kept the sidestand itself from going past the locking slot too!! Except it no longer had the tab there........... I don't know what I did faster....look around to see if anybody else was watching.....or pick the bike up and get it up on the centerstand. So ended my day.....embarrassingly!!
I sure do miss that bike!!
and the little guy behind me is the world famous "Marty Hill"
Never look into a lazer with the remaining eye
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