Sunday, September 03, 2006

Jockey shifters, foot clutches and Bad Ideas!

Well I wanted to be able to ride around at owls head so I've been in the garage every night till 10 trying to get a foot clutch and jockey shifter to work I got it all worked out by Saturday morning with the new axle and bearings and every thing so I wanted to test it out in the driveway. The dude from hybrid engineering said that first gear in a 914 is delicate so I should try to start off in second. So I pushed her out front and tried to ease the clutch out in second I heard a klunk! I blew up the love joy coupler in the rear hub snapped all three teeth clean off tore up the buna bushing. I decide to tig weld the remaining piece of the love joy coupler back in to the hub so I could try it out. Attempt no 2 I let the clutch out nice and easy well the thing took off so quick I was a little surprised the rear sprocket made some noise under load so I took a quick glance and touched the throttle a little just to see where the noise was coming from.( okay mistake) well that stood up on the rear wheel and my clutch foot slipped off the peg so as soon as the front tire hit the ground I tried to grab the clutch on the handle bar (but its not there! Mistake no2) so I jammed on the front brake but I grabbed it so hard I could let go of the throughtle.(clutch foot was still dangling I guess) well that didn't stop the bike it just pushed the front tire along until I hit the garage. Okay the bike should stall right nope still spinning that 230 she started doing a mad max swinging the ass end around heading for the 68 T-bird( which would have caused death by .357 because its the wife's) so finally swatted the kill switch in time to feel this burning in my leg well we were supposed to have a bar BQ that night I just didn't think leg was on the menu. So the bike seems okay and the garage don't look to bad but every time I look at my leg two thing come to mind mmmm BBQ and foot clutches and jockey shifters really are dangerous.
so remember power corrupts and absolute power well that corrupts absolutely
note to self buy calf high motorcycle boots