Tuesday, April 05, 2005

A New Ride

It wasn't my intention to come home with a different bike, but I did. It was a day like any other day. I took Thor to Gainesville to get him serviced but came home on a 2005 FLHTC and it's black cherry pearl. The whole deal was completely out of my hands, I had little choice in the matter. I hope Thor isn't too sore at me.

The fact is, this is the first time I've ever had to leave him at the dealer for service. He is sick and had to stay in so I had no choice but to leave him there with his top end in organized pieces on the table. He was so exposed, so vulnerable. My poor Thor. I know he's in good hands and will be back under my butt soon.

Diagnosis: his cam chains, tensioners and included guts were "slap wore out." This came as quite a shock to me since I had the cam chains and tensioners replaced (under warranty... YES, buy an extended warranty if you have a bike you actually ride!!) at 75K and he rolled in today with 83K. Because this was a quick turn-around with so few miles since my last replacement, my service dudes did more exploratory. They were concerned a rod problem might be presenting itself, but that wasn't the case. They saw a bolt missing and referred to the motor as a grenade waiting to explode. It seems as though the lifters are a part of the problem so I'm getting new cams and associated pieces and parts.

I came home on the gorgeous new bike because they were going to schedule a claims adjuster to review the motor tomorrow. Considering the bike is in Gainesville and I am in Jacksonville, they just loaned me a bike. I've been singing the praises of this dealership for several years and this is why: they flat out take good care of me and my bike!

The honeymoon of having a new bike will be over tomorrow or the next day but it was fun getting to pretend I'm actually a new bike owner.


Anonymous Dave2 said...

Yes, but will you be able to give up this new ride when it's time? Or is Thor getting a new brother? :-)

April 05, 2005 10:18 PM  
Blogger Juli said...

I, I, I, uh, I'll let it go. I am fighting temptation as I type. I want to be out riding it but it's in the break-in stage and I could easily have it ready for it's first service by morning. :)

April 05, 2005 10:20 PM  
Blogger John said...

Ummmm---- Ain't that a purty color. I like. I vote for you to keep it :)

April 08, 2005 1:21 AM  
Blogger HermanTurnip said...

As I write this comment, the song "Purple Rain" is running through my head. I hope all is currently well with your bike, and that you were able to overcome the temptation of running off with your loaner ;)

BTW: Want know anyone who might want to buy me 2004 BMW Rockster? I plan on picking up a Hayabusa in a couple of weeks...

Wizard Needs Food Badly

April 12, 2005 4:29 AM  
Blogger HermanTurnip said...

Ugh...so many typos, I'm only one beer into the night...

April 12, 2005 4:32 AM  
Anonymous G N Bassett said...

Be careful. Don't make Thor jealous. A threesome is out of the question. It just won't work long term.

April 12, 2005 1:59 PM  

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