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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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I got some good news...

... and I got some bad news. So what do you want to hear first?

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... and I got some bad news. So what do you want to here first?
Bad news...
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 01:27 AM
 
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News Or Neg Rep....your Choice....
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 08:11 AM
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geez, you negative bunch, I want the good news first!! Come on Kahuna, whats the news!!! Dont tell us you wrecked that beauty of a bike tho!!
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i agree.. give us some news.. or get neg rep!
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geez, you negative bunch, I want the good news first!! Come on Kahuna, whats the news!!! Dont tell us you wrecked that beauty of a bike tho!!
he said FIRST! you want the bad stuff first so you can get over it quicker IMO...


but yeah I'm with Tater...
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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.

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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.

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Damn dude... that sucks ass!

but I'm glad your getting the hook up... but still sounds more like Bad news and decent news...


so what about the chunks out of your swing arm?
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Yeah definitly bad news first....Too bad about your chain.
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 11:03 AM
 
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well, look at it this way. you still have a bike, even though it needs a little love right now. plus the damage isnt nearly as bad as it could have been. the chain could have whipped through your engine case, trashed a motor and then promptly caused you to wreck somehow.
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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Sorry to hear... You have one bad ass Repsol though, 05?
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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 04:02 PM
 
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Wow BK...that is some wicked damage from that chain. Glad to hear your getting it fixed right away. Any idea why the chain failed?



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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 05:33 PM
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Wow BK...that is some wicked damage from that chain. Glad to hear your getting it fixed right away. Any idea why the chain failed?
Yeah why did it fail?

I had the EXACT same thing happen to my 9R when I was a noob and let a guy "that was suppose know whats what" install a chain for me.

My chain came off when I was merging onto the highway at about 80mph and 11k rpm. WHen mine was going out it DESTROYED my tire hugger (intergrated chain gaurd), tail section and my BRAND NEW under tail!

Then as it was being whipped into the front sprocket it put 3 nics in my swingarm, BLEW THRU the front sprocket cover, and speedo pickup. Continued on its way out TRASHING the water and oil pump!

It happened in a flash and all I heard was BANG and free revving motor... no more GO GO juice! I looked in my mirrors and seen the chain slithering down the road looking like a snake.

With mine "the guy" didn't use the proper tool to put in my DiD replaceable link (aka master link) rivit style. Did about $4,000 worth of damage for having the dealership doing the work.

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Bad news first please, I like having a little sunshine after the storm.
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