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post #1 of 36 Old 04-14-2017, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Trip ending oops

I had my chain and sprockets go at the halfway point on a trip once, managed to limp home as my available timeline would not allow me to sit and wait anywhere for a few days for parts to arrive. I have chain and sprockets ready for this trip.

What other events have happened to cause the end of a trip?

Obviously a crash or injuries of some kind, but lets not think about that too much since prevention is not always manageable, assuming bike is running correctly, your paying attention and not tired or angry.

Flat tires can be patched, as long as the tires are not worn beyond hope.

Bad fuel could be a concern, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to filter the gas coming into the tank.

What things have ended a trip for you?
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I'm really happy that bikes are so well designed and engineered now that a trip ending mechanical failure is a lot more rare than it was in the glory days of Shovelheads and 1970's Triumphs.....
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I was on my way home from a trip to Moab and pulled into Stugis. Paid for a room, unloaded everything and went out to the bike to go for diner. The KIPASS, ignition system on my 08 Concours, decided to poo the bed. Kawasaki had been having a problem with the key assembly. You didn't need a key. Push down and turn, as long as it accepted the FOB, hit the start button. A ball point pen type spring would malfunction and wouldn't allow the bike to run.
I banged on the key assembly, for a few hours and it started. Long story short, left it running, repacked the bike, ate the room, and hit the road. I figured I get as close to home as I could get and rent a truck or decide then.
I ended up riding 1200 miles in the next 24 hours, and finishing the next 600 miles, taking short naps. The bike ran fine and even if you stalled, it would restart, as long as you didn't turn the switch off.
I skimmed a cement divider on the Pennsy Turnpike, and shaved my saddlebag, when I nodded for a second, but managed to keep the rubber up.
When I finally shut it off at home, it wouldn't start again, without the same beating, as when I left Sturgis. It got fixed under warranty, but I was never a KIPASS fan, from then on.
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per OP my chain and sprocket decided to give up the fight on the way home a couple days ago.
Clanking and rattling even tho it was the right tension.

Got to within 100 km after a mix of pavement and dual track ( 180 km and a fair bit of fine gravel and sand on the off pavement section ).
Got on the pavement again to head home and it got noiser and noisier.

Was a tired rider facing 210 curves in 19 km downhill on the Gillies .....no way with the chain sounding like it was going to destruct.
Calle home...arranged a ride, bike parked in the Honda dealer for the night and 14.5 hours into a very tiring day was home again.
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Was really hoping I could make it home but riding partner has trailer and we snagged it the next morning before 10 ..no cost for storage, a tank of gas for buddy and the very nice lady at the servo brought me coffee and chocolate biscuits.

At least I had cell service and could read while waiting.
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I was side lined when the starter ring on the flywheel on my R65LS BMW had all the rivets let go.
Or the output splines go on my 80?7 BMW. The wipe out on Utah on my Wee was a progress stopper too.
Poop happens at some really inopportune times.
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Have to say this has never happened to me after many trips. Closest was back in the 70's. I had just ridden my cb350 across Canada, down the baha peninsula and back through the US. Stopped at US customs in Niagara Falls..bike would not start. Actually later found out the battery was bone dry...took me an hour to start the bike, running next to it and popping the clutch..customs guys must have had quite the show..amazing how much stamina a 20 year old has......it finally started and would run but I needed to keep the revs way up...by this time it was around 11pm...then my headlight burnt out almost immediately...back in the day, headlights did not last on account of vibrations...and my hi beam filament had gone long ago...well I rode back to Toronto, mostly following way too close.. directly behind transport trucks...hoping a cop would not notice the lack of lighting..back in the day, batteries were not nearly as reliable as today and I had ridden the bike in brutal hot temperatures for long days in the saddle...
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Oh..gotta say I only deferred my trip for one hour, luckily when I dropped a chain in an isolated area of Iceland last June (BMW 700 GS rental). I had crossed a very rough construction area with a pillion and the chain popped off. Lifted the seat and basically no tools, certainly no axle wrench, chain adjuster wrench etc...was pissed but later found out the standard BMW kit does not contain these tools....my buddy rode ahead to the inn we were to stay at and the owner drove out with a bunch of tools so I was quickly able to loosen the wheel, slip on the chain and adjust it (bike had a center stand so this was especially easy). Now if my buddy was not around I would have needed to walk several kms as there was little activity on that dirt road, but luckily I was not a couple hundred kms from assistance...although Iceland does have lots of farms scattered around and people are friendly and willing to assist.......nice to have a gps as I knew the distance should I have needed to walk.
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