Monday, April 26, 2010

Can't Stop, Only Time For A Quickie

Sunday morning on a cool, sun drenched start to the day I'm having this conversation with Viking Dave from the Roads Grit Cafe.

VD, "Have I told you about my brake discovery?"

AHD, "No, I don't think so."

VD,  "I was cleaning my bike and found my clutch cable rubbing my brake line."

AHD, "Wait a minute, isn't that when you put that tubing around the brake line?"  I'm old and forgetful at times.

VD, "Yea, have you ever checked your clutch cable?"

AHD, "No, I haven't done that."

VD, " You should check it out."

AHD, "I should because if it is wearing and you need to hit the brakes really hard it could blow out and then you wouldn't be able to stop."

Well, arriving back in Peoria and dropping off Piggy at Linda's, cleaning up the mess the dogs made, enjoying a cold beverage, and talking about the great time we had just had,  I was off to my house to get the truck so I could retrieve Pongo.  Hitting the freeway at 74 I floated over to the high speed lane and was sorry the weekend had to end.  Just then I see the car enter the freeway and start to shoot across four lanes, right to my lane.  Of course when they get there they stomp the brakes because it isn't until that instant they see a MOTORCYCLE.  So, I slam down hard on the brakes and........nothing happens!  Quick glance, opening, evasive action, and I'm past them, but still no brakes.  Pull off the freeway and brake fluid is dripping from under Petunia.  I slowly and safely make it the 4 miles to the house.

Now, I'm not sure yet what broke, but I have to give a big thanks to Viking Dave for that conversation because maybe I was still thinking about loosing the brakes at just the right time.


  1. yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im glad it turned out ok. and im happy to hear that it sounds like a great time was had....

  2. Man, I'm glad you were able to get your ride back home and that you made it out of the pinch unharmed.

    It was good seeing you. You're a good egg bro. Sorry I didn't talk Sat night much...I was having a hard time putting together the few words that did come out...duuuuhhhhhh

    Let us know what the hell is up with your brakes. Maybe you can help us catch a new problem before it becomes a problem.

  3. Yikes, I am glad you made it OK. I lost my front brake last week at a slow spped and that was scary enough, but at high speed that is nasty. Good luck finding and fixing the problem.

  4. If you need to fix your brake line...Don't use my McGuyver fix from Fri night...It won't work on that...;]
    If you Need work done. feel free to bring it on by

  5. Glad you made it out of that in one piece. Isn't it a little spooky though about the conversation. Dave's little angel must have decided to give you an escort.

  6. Dude, after the 4 bike pile-up we saw Sunday, the last thing I want to hear about is lost brakes. Glad I’ll be seeing you again.