So the weather in Indianapolis has finally cleared up after weeks of rain and the temps are finally getting a bit warmer. Gas prices are at an all time high and I have a feeling of calmness about it as I am on my evening commute home on my 07 Thrux. I am stopped behind about 20 cars at a red light in a very busy area, sitting in neutral waiting for the light to change and the 20 or so cars in front of me to pull forward. My time for forward progress comes and I go to shift into first, shift into first, shift into first WHAT THE HELL? Where is my shifter... About this time I am sweating bullets knowing there is a slew of cages behind me not happy that I am not moving. I throw on my turn signal and wave the masses around until I get most of the traffic past, or at least enough that I feel comfortable enough to bend down to see what is wrong. And there it is... The linkage from the shift pedal to the transmission had snapped! Not in half but right down the middle like there was a fault line. Here is the kicker... I just called in my 500 mile service on the bike and was dropping it of on Friday.
So here are more reasons why I am upset... And not just because my bike just at 500 miles left me stranded.
1. My bike left me stranded.
2. The dealer offered me no help to get the bike to the dealer from where I was stranded (Maybe 15 miles from where I was at)
3. Had to call a friend with a Motorcycle trailer.
4. My bike was on a trailer!!!!
5. 3 hours of my day lost
6. I am going to have to drive my Explorer until my bike is fixed... The math, 64 dollars to fill my explorer, about 18 dollars to fill the thrux.
7. I may not have my bike back for 2 weeks and I registered (100 dollars) for the Riley Miracle Ride for next weekend. Good cause and I happy to donate (even thought funds are a bit tight) but this would give me an opportunity to do a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on my Thruxton (Super Cool)
And I am not sure who to be upset with, the dealer who set the bike up or the factory... All I know is my 500 mile maintenance needs to be discounted and at least a free t-shirt should come my way, seeing how I didn't even get that for saying how great the dealer was in a survey as promised. AND NO HELP GETTING THE BIKE TO THE DEALER... 500 MILES???? They were nice enough to stay late so I could drop the, not cause of me but because they had to take the bikes in for the night.
I guess on the positive side, I didn't get ran over by a bunch of pissed off cagers.