Damn, you guys are vicious! I was just trying to make it interesting and you all threaten me with bad reps? Sheesh... Okay, okay...
Well, it appears the "Bad new first" wins so here it goes.
Well, I've been waiting for the weekend for some time. Getting out on the blade and hitting the first annual BBQ at Yamaha99 in Madera, CA.
I had some time to kill so I thought I 'd take the bike out to one of my favorite roads, the "Little Dragon" to test out the new suspension settings that Dave Moss gave me last week at the track.
It was a beautiful day, little traffic and no LEO's anywhere to be found. About a half mile from Fremont's Fort, the head of the little dragon I hear a blimp, clank, followed by a swoosh... I look down to find my chain is now missing. I pull off the road and give HRCA a call with what little cell service I could find. I'm walking up and down the road in the middle of nowhere trying to find a signal... Finally got a hold of them, and after a lengthy call to a few local dealerships, they finally call a tow truck. I was stuck there on the side of the road, no food nor water or shade for the next 2.5 hours. I thought at least that everything would be alright, just needed a new chain because my road side inspection revealed no leaks or damage so it seemed.
When I finally got home and was able to take a better look around and I quickly found out that my worst fears have come true. When the chain went bye-bye, it left some big gouges in my swing arm. But worse than that, it tore up my crank housing and busted up the engine case pretty good.
I am monotonous about my chain maintenance, and the thought of me suffering a major breakage was almost inconceivable. I have no idea what it is going to take to fix this, or even if it can be repaired. Either way it doesn't look like I'll be heading to Laguna this year, at least with the Repsol.
But now, the good news.
The next day I went home at lunch to survey the damage with a little better light. Looks like the upper and lower mounts are still 100% intact. The main thing I'm concerned about is getting the smaller mount near the clutch welded on. It is sitting right next the the case seam, which I hear is not a good place to weld.
A few horrifying days later, my buddy Mike (CTSmoto) hooked me up with one of his buddies who says he's seen this 100 times and fixes them all the time. Says he'll be able to get my baby back on the road and looking good for a good price. I'm so excited. Mike set me up with a new Driven chain and sprocket kit so I'm going to head down there next weekend and drop it off. Looks like it will be back on the road in no time.