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post #1 of 7 Old Apr 11th, 2010, 5:58 am Thread Starter
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So, I climbed up another rung on one ladder....

and topped out on another one!

Went for a ride yesterday and decided I would stop by the Columbia River to see how the salmon fishing was going. Weather conditions: Windy with sustained winds of 20 knots gusting to 28 knots. Parked between 2 pickups and walked to the edge of the river to get a good look. Returned to the bike to find that the bike was parked on an incline, nose down. Put her in reverse, backed out and as soon as the top case cleared the side of the pickup parked upwind she started over to starboard. No biggie! (BTW this was drop #3) No apparent damage, looked around, nobody looking, popped her to her feet and off I went!

Got to the distal end of my trip, opened the trunk to change gloves and I'll be danged, there was the vanity mirror laying in the bottom of a nearly empty top case. Seems the drop had a detrimental effect on the goofy little plastic hinge pins. Will stop by Home Depot today and get me a piano hinge. Gonna paint it black to fancy it up.

BTW, looks like we need to add crosswinds while parked to our list of things that will cause our bikes to take a nap!

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post #2 of 7 Old Apr 11th, 2010, 6:05 am
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Re: So, I climbed up another rung on one ladder....

Loren ... That must have been a strong cross wind to knock the bike over with a side car on it.

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Loren sorry to hear she went down. Sounds like you approach it like me, no big deal, of course that is as long no one sees us

Still waiting on the dreaded Vanity Mirror to show and fix, I like your idea of painting it black.

Well if you did get it over with the side car I would like a pictures please

And man I am glad I did not have coffee in my mouth reading that post

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Right you are Lee. With no apparent witnesses I can neither confirm nor deny any "alleged" LT drop!

Aye Steve! She were a brisk wind a blowin' she were! I hope I NEVER find a wind strong enough to blow the old girl over with the side car installed! Next stop Kansas!

Most know the feeling when she starts to go; your knee starts to quiver, then shake, (at which time you know the end is near), and finally the convulsive spasms just before you resign yourself to the inevitable! Interesting that the 3 times I've had it flop over I managed to somehow hit the kill switch. No conscious effort whatsoever it just happened.

When I pulled into the spot between the pickups I knew the wind was blowing but even at less than 5 mph maneuvering speed it was no big deal. Solid as a rock. At a standstill, however, as soon as the wind hit that huge cross section it was all over and the wind's old buddy Gravity finished the job!

Rode 480 miles two up today with nary a hint of disaster except for the moron who realized he was running a red light as soon as he was in the middle of the intersection. He locked up the rear wheel, started to fishtail, let off on the rear brake(sigh) and managed to keep his Harley(or Harley wannabe) shiny side up. The cross traffic just sat there and watched it unfold. This happened within the first 1/2 mile of the ride. Glad no one was hurt. Gotta love ABS!

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Loren -

That was just the Gorge getting warmed up!

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Loren sorry to hear she went down. Sounds like you approach it like me, no big deal, of course that is as long no one sees us
That begs the question: If you drop your LT and there's no one there to see it, did it really fall?

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That begs the question: If you drop your LT and there's no one there to see it, did it really fall?
and the related corollary: and did you make any noise picking up said LT that no one saw fall.

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