Welp, what a weekend. Time to attack the most
demonic road around. Roughly 100 mile drive
to the meanest road ever in PA (Route 125 in
Shamokin PA - See Tales from the Street -
"A weekend of Sunshine" for awesome details
- Thanks Geoff). It's a race track dropped
on a mountain... BAD! Better be on your game
or you'll wind up way behind Geoff or in the
woods with squirrels laughing at your
CBR600F4GD (Geoff) and I had the best
day I have EVER had on the street. I don't
know if Geoff can say the same but I think
that he can. Running a blistering pace,
sliding the ass end in 3rd, wheelies
everywhere, long ones, passing cruisers,
wheelies over a hill passing a Harley in
the other lane... (They probably went home
and cried).. It was fun. Well, Geoff was
leading as usuall but I did lead for short
bit.. Geoff has a nack for remembering
roads and gravel areas so I prefer he lead
but at the same time I enjoy heading the run
now and then. As Geoff decided to pull over
for a minute to wind down, grab drink, a
smoke whatever, I decide to pull up next to
him and lift the ass end into a rolling
stoppie. Got it, nice one, Geoff said,
very "Finesse". Well I landed it with a big
smile looked at Geoff and decided to pull
in too. When I did, at 2 miles an hour, I
lost my footing and dropped her. The road
tilted downward on the side which I was
pulling over, when I put my right foor down
the ground was further down then I thought
and just couldn't hold her up any longer.
*Sniff* *Sniff* I had to let her go. She
hit the ground, a little hard bit a little
soft at the same time.
Upper Fairing Scratched, Mid Fairing
Scratched, Lower Fairing Melted slightly and
scratched. Mirror Scratched, Turn Signal
Scratch -- And the worst - Broke the front
brake lever clean off. Grrrr! How ambarassing
.. First time down in 8 years... Wahhh!
So, we started heading home. No front brake
made for some very mentally intense riding.
100 miles of agony. Just when I though it
was over, We went through a speed trap.
Geoff again was leading and I followed.
The officer didn't get Geoff - he was going
too fast but he got me at 76.2 in a 40.
Whhaammmm! $185 bucks 5 points... (Grrrr
d!ck).. Told us that he didn't get Geoff
so I was getting the ticket. What the hell is
that?? Oh well take your lumps.
So I get home in one piece. Start looking
at the bike again. Grabbed the buffer and
some compound and went to work. WOW!
The upper fairing cleaned up completely.
No visible scratches. The middle fairing
went from totally scratched to.. needs a
tiny bit of touch up where the paint was
removed. The lower fairing had a 4 inch
round white spot where I thought all the
paint was removed. It wound up being two
dime sized scrapes with a couple of little
scratches around them. All in all nothing
a tooth pick, the right color touch up paint,
a buffer and patience won't completley hide.
Feeling much better about the bike now. The
only thing I am going to need to replace
to end any signs of dammage are the mirror
and turn signal, which really aren't that
bad. It would be good to ride if I could find
a lever. But the holiday is going to thwart
any attempt. Got lucky I guess. Really lucky.
All I have to do is work on getting the
points down on the ticket. I just can't
swallow 5 points. Not for that - Yeah I
was speeding but that was harsh. I hope I
can get a break on that. Anyway - just
needed to get that out. Hope you enjoyed the
Oh yeah -
Did I mention it was the best day of riding
ever in my life??? Everything was clicking.
I did find out how to lift the front in 2nd
gear without a bump in the road or the
clutch, just using the power, and I caught
my first ever 2nd to 3rd shift while holding
a wheelie!! Couple of really long - nice
stand ups two in 2nd gear - Geoff just shook
his head.. (hehe).
All in all I'm still happy, I've got my
health - it could have been worse. Just need
to execute a little damage control at this
point. Thanks for listening!!
If the front wheel's in the air, Your front tire you will spare.
[This message has been edited by chris_y2k_r1 (edited July 03, 2000).]