It’s been another wet week. I actually managed to take the Dominator our for a very short blast around the block yesterday. That might not sound like much, but the bike’s been unrideable since I returned from the Cameron Corner Caper. It had some maintenance issues, and I’m sorting them as I have time. In this case the main problem was the chain. The one I used on the Caper was stretching like cheese on the ride. I was adjusting it three times a day. When I went to chuck that one, I noticed the front sprocket was badly hooked, so I needed to replace it as well. For some reason the sprocket on the bike was a little different to the recommended standard sprocket. Fortunately, Amy at Coffs Honda was able to round up one the same – as always. The service in that store is really excellent – but I had to wait a few days.
The other thing I’m not keen to admit is that I destroyed my TerraX chain breaker.
I’ve already ‘fessed up to Keith at TerraX, so I may as well ‘fess up here as well. I was trying to break the old chain to reuse it until the new sprocket arrived. With my head firmly inserted in my fundamental orifice, I forgot to remove the tiny allen bolt from the Terrax…the one that’s there for securing rivet links (those who know TerraX’ excellent product will know what I mean). I proceeded to wind the beejeezuss out of the bolt until I shattered the drive pin. That’s not such a big deal, but I managed to apply so much pressure I actually destroyed the thread in the tool itself. Again, those who know TerraX product will know it takes a really superhuman effort to damage the tools, so I feel I’ve set new low standards for stupidity and abuse of good equipment.
So I bought a new TerraX chain breaker and whacked the new chain and sprocket on. The bike’s a goer again, and I did enjoy swooping it through some of the rodds around home here, even if it was a little wet at the time.
There’s more repair to be done, but it’s minor cosmetic work that’ll I’ll pick off as I have time.
The new mag has had me flat stick all week. It’s been great to talk to a whole batch of people I’ve know in the industry for a long time. Some of these people I’ve been dealing with decades, and it gives me a warm feeling when they’re so enthusiastic about my being on another mag.
Katie Warfield, of the Cannonball Charity Ride phoned this week to say thanks for the route advice Marty Hardcore had given her for a recent ride from the Queensland border down through Dorrigo and back. It sounds as though her group had a tough run with the run, but that they loved it. Awesome. That’s the kind of thing that makes for a memorable adventure ride.
Last thing today, everyone’s peeing their pants for the Challenge One Dayers. The response has been pretty big, and just from e-mail. Whenever i go anywhere someone seems to bail me up and say hammer for the date of the first one.
Good stuff…except I don’t have a date yet. I’ll make it a goal to set the date this week. So next week you should be able to log on and find out when and where it is.
I hope I get it together!