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It's too hot to be outside. I towed yesterday, but the weather was… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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It's too hot to be outside.

I towed yesterday, but the weather was awful, so I only got 5 tows. It was enough to get me tailwheel-current again, though.

This morning, I finally got the tail tiedown in the hanger finished, and got the nosewheel bearing repacked. The only problem is that when I untied it, the nose strut went flat, so I'll have to pump it up tomorrow. And I got the stripped screw out of the right main, but that was about it.

Afterwards, I was sitting on Michael's new motorcycle (a 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 cruiser), just sort of balancing it back and forth. I had shorts on, and it was still hot, so after a while I got sick of burning my leg on the cylinder head, and went to get off.

From the wrong side.

I felt it go off-balance, but I was off-balance too, and the end result was me, on the ground, under the bike. Luckily, I controlled it enough to not really bang it - it laid down pretty gently. And I got most of me out of the way, except one ankle which ended up under the exhaust.

There's one lesson I won't need to learn again....

I think this is a record. I haven't even tried to start it yet, and already I've dumped it over.

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ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: September 4th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dumped my Master Corporal's bike over when I was a lowly Private. Not a good idea. It took me almost a week's pay ($200) to fix the damage to the exhaust shroud.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 5th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ug. I was lucky, because this was on grass...
From: kathrynblogs Date: September 5th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never dumped one (oh, and it will happen), but my brother reminds me every time I take his out that any damages are my responsibility.

I want a bike.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 5th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have insurance. :)
kathrynblogs From: kathrynblogs Date: September 5th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, my brother certainly has insurance, too. But, it's liability (his bike is not a fancy new thing, by any means).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 5th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have comprehensive. It was only $600 a year, so we figured it was worth it for the first year.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 5th, 2005 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I see you use the same method to get tailwheel current as me, tow a glider or two :-) Probably a bit naughty but it works.

I had a motorcycle lesson a couple of ywears ago from a friend...on his pristine 1979 Honda CBX (race tuned, no less). We took it up to Jurby Airfield and I wobbled around on this six-cylinder monster. I was very paranoid about laying it over! Fortunately, all went well. (The bike made a superb sound coming through Glen Helen, which is a winding road in a gorge. The sound from six exhaust pipes reverberating against the walls of the gorge).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 5th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm going to enjoy this. I'll proably get a bit of dual today...
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