« on: October 11, 2012, 12:42:54 PM »
So, I finally did it, brought a bike, I've been commuting to university on it every day for a week now. A pretty much mint Yamaha YBR125 with only 8kish on the clock. First time riding in heavyish rain, and ......
I dropped it, I can hardly say it threw me :-/. Going round a small steeply descending left hand corner, only to find a small river running across the small city street. Braked badly (with the front brakes) and physics did it's thing, sliding the rear wheel out from under me. Thankfully my lovely wife had insisted I wear full gear, so I remained dry and only collected a small bruise on my leg.
Picking myself and the bike up, I joyfully discover that while both left indicator stalks are dangling, they are also made of rubber, and pop back into place with little effort, still working. I check everything, put the left mirror back into place and try the starter.
The wretched thing is sulking like I'm an idiot or something and won't start. I check the bike again, fruitlessly try kickstarting it, and finally spot the clutch leaver has been rotated round a bit, perhaps crimping it a bit. I pump the lever and all seems okayish. Eventually try the starter again and it works. Weird, could have sworn I asked for a bike with an eager to please temperament?
Now I get valuable experience working on my bike, rather earlier than I had hoped :-(. Oh well, it got me home so I'm sure I can fix it, I'm a very practical engineer.