i posted this on another forum a couple days ago, but thought i'd share it here too.
well, i'm not actually sure how much life is going to suck just yet. today's seen a bit of down with a good portion of up. the downside first...
i left ashland, oregon this morning not sure where the hell i was headed other than south. well, i knew i was going to stop in redding for an in-n-out burger... and i did. life was good. as i approached sacremento i started thinking about where i wanted to plant myself for the evening. i zoomed out on the gps and thought i needed to stop somewhere around vallejo because i decided i needed to take a picture of the bike and the golden gate bridge.
about 10 miles outside of vallejo i hear a ping from the engine - like i needed a higher octane gasoline. hmmm... interesting. at the time i was headed uphill and under a serious load. all of the sudden the bike dies and i pull over to the side, look down and find the left side of the bike is absolutely covered in oil. not good - life or the bike.
i dismount and inspect. hmmm... the chain looks nice and clean.
the bike's smoking and i take a few steps away cuz if it's going up in flames, i don't want to be anywhere near it. the bike cools and is dripping oil from everywhere south of the seat. meanwhile traffic is zipping by on i-80 and i'm in no mood or position to inspect the bike any further. it's toast.
so i call the local dealer who gives me a number of the towing service they use. here's what a stranded v-strom looks like:
and here's what one looks like on the back of a t-r-a-i-l-e-r. just ain't right:
i didn't get the bike to the dealer in time for them to look at it today so they'll check it tomorrow. before leaving the dealership i dropped the skid plate to see if the drain plug came out. it didn't. so the likely culprit is the clutch seal. the only peculiarity/warning was the bit of knocking i heard prior to the catastrophe. we'll know more tomorrow.
i bought the bike july 16th, 2005. it's 3 weeks out of warranty.
now for the ups...
the dealer here in vallejo has a couple dl1k's on the showroom floor.
i'd rather not have to buy one.
i just sealed the deal on a new silver gl1800 abs:
quite honestly, i'm surprised someone else from here didn't snag this beauty of a bike. prakash was nice enough to go by and look at the bike, take it for a spin and look at the title. the seller was nice enough to come down on the price. not a jason price, although we started out at a jason price. we did, however, end at a price we could both live with. now i just gotta get out there and pick it up. depending what happens tomorrow, it could be soon!