this'll get the chicks, boy howdy!
August 13, 2001
Well, I dropped the bike again tonight on my way home from work. Actually, it wasn't even "on my way home" yet, since it was just leaving the driveway of the parking lot. I'm pretty sure that what happened was that I approached the street, looked for traffic to the left, didn't see any and started to make my right turn. I didn't give it enough gas, and then the front wheel went into a big rut/crack in the driveway ramp. So, rather than leaning into a right turn, suddenly my front wheel was being turned to the right on its own by the driveway rut (I didn't have enough momentum to force it out of the rut). So down it went. I turned off the bike, made sure I was OK (I was), and asked a guy walking down the street to help me pick the bike up. He did, everything was fine, and I carried on.
Not terribly surprisingly, the brake lever snapped off at the stupid little "break off" groove (I can't think of anything else that groove can possibly be for). I swear to god, Suzuki puts those grooves in their adjustable brake levers on purpose, so that you're guaranteed to break the lever and need a new one. But I foiled Suzuki; I took the end of the brake lever home, and duct-taped it back on. Tacky? Cheap-looking? Not very structurally sound? Sure. But, hey, duct tape: already in my apartment and therefore free. New brake lever: $65. So, really, the answer's in the question.
random other crap.
Stephen joins the cult. Yay!
I'm still looking into ways to make the SVS more wrist-friendly. Right now I've been harassing Tom Chapel about the details of his installation of Hawk GT clip-ons onto his SVS. It looks like a good idea; I'm currently trying to find places online to buy GT bars for less than $120 each.
Hopefully, Kim and Lusty and I will be getting together sometime relatively soon to do the 600-mile service on Lusty's Intruder and replace Kim's front brake rotor. I'm pretty excited about that, since I've never worked on a cruiser before, and Lusty is very nice and trusting to let us play on her new baby. ;)
I need to curb my recent addiction to British bike magazines. I've really fallen in love with Ride. At $9/issue, that's a problem. Such a good magazine, though! With, like, women testers and everything!
Ok, that's enough for now. I need to go read my magazines. ;)