Sunday, April 06, 2008

Made it to Portland

I'm in Portland now, at Chris and Tami's place, and I'll be here for a couple of days while I figure out what to do next. This morning I checked the bike out, it's pretty messed up. The front plastics are destroyed. I slid into the tank so hard it tapped the frame of the bike. And the handlebars are bent and pushed all the way forward. That would explain why my midsection is so sore - I used to to bend metal. The forks are tweaked, or worse, and the front wheel is not quite true anymore. The rear subframe is bent up, from where it went down with the hard bags attached. I'm guessing this will not be cheap to fix. On the bright side, I got all my stuff off of the thing, and it did start right up when I tried it.

I'm not quite sure what the next step on this trip will be, a lot depends on how I feel over the next few days. I'll say this, the trip is on hold right now. Not completely canceled. When I decide what's going on, I'll be sure to post it.

Most bike shops are closed on Mondays, so it'll be Tuesday before I can make shipping arrangements for the busted KLR.

2 comments:

ccd said...

I wish I could learn to type :)
You said
"I slid into the tank so hard it tapped the frame of the bike. And the handlebars are bent and pushed all the way forward. That would explain why my midsection is so sore - I used to to bend metal."

How are the boys today brad LOL

Shane's Dad here, very sorry to hear of your mishap, very glad to know your ok.

When we ride "NOTE TO SELF" Dont let brad Follow LOL

I was really looking forward to read about your adventure, sorry you did not finish it.

Julia said...

Hope the soreness goes away soon. Hopefully the bike looks worse than it really is.