Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oooh, shiny!


8 comments:

Old NFO said...

Oh... Scraping some pipes there!

Goober said...

bare arms, too. and one of those non-helmet helmet things that look helmety but really aren't.

Yeah, he's about to experience the ouchie...

burt said...

Uh, actually, I've done this kind of move successfully - 2 up - on the Dragon. Scraping boards with my wife.

True story: left the TODG (Tail Of The Dragon) resort at Deal's Gap and started back up the road with a Mercedes-Benz riding behind me. Tailgating me. Jerk. The turns dropped me to under 20mph, but the Benz kept pulling closer. So...

... I leaned over in a turn ...

... scraped the boards VERY LOUD ...

... and the Benz pulled WAY back.

Heh: I remounted the boards on my Heritage outward about 1.5" using a set of extenders, so my "lean angle" is about 4 degrees less than it was when the board was stock. I scrape boards all the time - and come back up every time. The angle is so close to "straight up" that I never lose control of the bike.

I'm even tempted to attach a couple of pieces of soft steel to the bottom of the boards so sparks will fly when I scrape 'em.

I'd post a couple of pics here if I could...

Tony Tsquared said...

The floorboard mounts on my ElectraGlide has a lot the excess metal removed. Most of it is up near Deal's Gap. Some of it is on California Highway 1.

This dude is just about to wrap the engine guard back around the engine. Things are going to get very intense real soon for him.

Dave H said...

I guess that is a trail of sparks under the bike. Cool!

Wolfman said...

One of the gnarliest drops in my circle of friends was a guy who just had to try out our buddy's Vulcan (750? 800?). Halfway into a looooooong sweeping right, a turn I've negotiated at... Well, at speeds much exceeding the legal limit... he started drifting into the corner. Instead of rolling a little throttle andeasing the bike back out, he panicked, yanked the bike up by the bars, and high sided. He still has the scars from that, and he was well inside the speed limit on that back road. It's amazing, the things that can happen on a bike, ay ANY speed. You're in good company, Borepatch. Heal up fast, and keep it shiny side up!

RollsCanardly said...

Burt - use titanium blocks instead of steel. You'll get bright white sparks instead of dull red ones.

Rick C said...

"I'd post a couple of pics here if I could..."

Put 'em on imgur, provide links here.