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Two Wheels Better

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I know a friend of a friend. He's a funny bugger, always travelling, a lifelong Bandido, 75 years old, and along with many other bikes, owns a K75S. He needed to haul the bike to Texas, didn't have a trailer, and riding the triple wasn't an option. So he rented one, with insurance, last minute. Trouble was, it was a low profile and had a roof. Maybe 48" tall, tops.

With 8psi in the tyres, the windscreen and mirrors removed, he placed the ramp on one side of the opening and struggled the bike in on a severe angle, tied it with baling rope to the wooden straps, those straps that are riveted to the wall, and drove away. No one said anything about his abilities. Ten minutes from home he heard a dull thud behind him. The bike was on its side. The ropes had broken and the pressure caused the stand to collapse. He went to my friend for help. The bike wouldn't start, was wrenched on a bit, and a new stand was fitted. 

Once again he wiggled the bike inside the low and narrow confines and set out, this time with proper tie down straps. Even with the correct straps a man ought to have a secure tie down point. An hour up the mountain pass the straps popped the rivets, releasing the wooden strips out of the walls like a zip strip. The bike fell again.

The phone rang at my mate's workshop. "Can you drive up and help me get this bike out of the trailer? I've tweaked my back, busted the fairing and shit my pants with the effort."

My mate pissed himself laughing and suggested someone who could help him who lived nearby. The two knuckleheads built a wood frame inside the trailer and more securely strapped in the bike with rolls of soft foam either side. 

The bike survived the week-long drive from Washington state to Texas. But not before the wood frame collapsed in splinters. Being a creative sort, and staying with fellow Bandidos along the route, they simply cut the roof off the trailer and stood the bike upright. As it should be. The trailer was found burnt out in a ditch alongside a Texas back road a few days later. That's what insurance is for.

Those soiled trousers? Before they hit the road again the old mate had really needed a new pair. Walmart was just down the road. He hung the soiled pair on the hook of the changing room as he walked out in his crisp new jeans.

'Strewth.



Last edited by Two Wheels Better on Thu May 24, 2018 11:18 am; edited 1 time in total


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1970 R60/5, '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT, 2013 R1200RT-P & 2022 S1000XR



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~John Updike.
    

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Born Again Eccentric

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lol! great story TWB.


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                              Paul  K75, a short story. 905546712

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

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Dai

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K75, a short story. 44271 Really tempted to say 'oh shit' but...


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1978 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, 1979 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,1993 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California
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duck

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You forgot the moral of the story:  Motorcycles were not made to be trailered.

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86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
98 Taxi Cab K1200RS
14 K1600GT
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Two Wheels Better

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duck wrote:You forgot the moral of the story:  Motorcycles were not made to be trailered.
Agreed! My bikes get trailered only when broken down. I don't own one - thanks, RickG.  Smile

The best part of this guy's tale is that it's true. When my mates Bob and Dan were recounting it to me the bloke who was the subject turned up at the shop after returning from Texas. We musta sounded like a pack of hyenas as we rolled on the floor busting a gut from the absurdity of it all. Even he was laughing!


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1970 R60/5, '77 R75/7-R100, '85 K100'87 K75C, '87 K100RS, '93 K11-K12 Big Block, '93 K1100RS, '95 R100-Mystic, '96 K1100RS, '98 K1200RS, '00 K1200RS, '02 K1200RS, '03 K1200GT, '04 R1150R'04 R1150RT, '05 K1200S, '06 K1200R, '07 K1200R, '09 K1300GT, 2013 R1200RT-P & 2022 S1000XR



"We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable."

~John Updike.
    

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Born Again Eccentric

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Two Wheels Better wrote: ...Even he was laughing!
....as he rode away on someone else bike, leaving a shitty heap in standing its place....


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K75, a short story. Uk-log10 K75, a short story. Sco-lo15
                              Paul  K75, a short story. 905546712

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

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