Originally Posted by TheGrouch
Spent three nights in the garage stripping, prepping, checking, and cleaning necessary parts to get the bike ready for Putnam. "OK, I'm finally done." Clean the work area. One last final Inspection. "I'm just going to take it around the block to shake down the brakes, and warm up the chain so I can lube it," I think to myself. Get it off the bike stand. Play hell trying to wiggle and squirm it through the maze that is the garage.
"Ok, I finally got it outside and I'm ready to go." Start it up, check for leaks...."NO Leaks!!! Great." Turn the bike around (as it was facing the wrong way) and head to the end of the driveway. Look left...car. Look left again no car. Look right, no car. "ok, just take it slow." Eased out the clutch and made a left turn out of the driveway. CRACK!!! The rear tire squirmed and squealed as it tried to regain traction. "WTF!?!" Then out of no where...the oil light came aglow with its crimson splender. Shut her down and pull onto the side of the road. Since I didn't have a sidestand I couldn't give her a proper look over, but as I looked to the left side of my bike I could see an oily residue glistening on top the stator cover. Quick look at the belly pan revealed 2 quarts of fresh synthetic 10W40 in the wrong spot.
I push it back to the garage and get it up on the stand. Through close investigation I found that a bracket atop the front sprocket had been broken from the engine case and I could see the shift drum bearing staring back at me with an evil shine. "WTF? How could this have happened?" At first I thought it was professor plum with the candlestick, but no, it was a 5mm socket!!! Somehow the little guy was missed, sitting on the swingarm, behind the frame. Turns out, as I made the left turn, it rolled onto the chain, made its way forward, broke the bracket, caused a Quarter-sized hole in my motor, 2 deep scratches, and a broken chain (1/32 piece of metal was all the was left holding the chain together; glad it didn't bust). Worse yet, it ruined the socket!!
So I don't want to hear anyone complaing about it being cold, rainy, dark, or otherwise, because I would rather have that than this.