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#1 PhilJet09

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

A few months ago I lost one of the stainless nylock nuts that attach my gps cradle to my mount down in the engine somewhere. That kind of thing always bugs me, but no matter how hard I looked I couldn't find the darned thing. I've seen lots of threads on lots of forums where someone does the same thing and a bunch of smart a$$es tell him to turn the bike over and shake it out. Fast forward to today.

I was kind of frustrated and in a hurry leaving work...didn't respect the horsepower of my FJR...wet parking lot...jerky, abrupt application of throttle...ok, I was just plain stupid and let my bike fall over at slow speed at work. I know better than that, but that's a different story.

After picking the bike up with the help of my boss who saw the whole thing :censored: :blushing: and looking it over, I headed down the road much more humble. After about five miles and several lights, I stopped at a red light and just happen to look down toward my left boot just in time to see this fall and bounce once.













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So I guess you guys were right! All you have to do to retrieve a missing part in the engine area is tip your bike over and shake it a bit, then be lucky enough to see it fall out somewhere down the road. Piece of cake.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:27 PM

Well crap...A couple hundred dollars of plastic damage to find a $.30 nut. If that don't suck the fat one...
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:41 PM

Hey Phil...sorry to hear about the bike :pinch: ...but...glad ya found yer nut :derisive:

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:06 PM

I'm keeping a sense of humor about the whole thing. This all happened because I was pissed about work and lost focus...well that and riding like an idiot. The left bag is pretty scratched up, but not much other damage.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:17 PM

It's a good thing you only fly the plane and not have your A&P license.. :rolleyes:
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:38 PM

Sorry to hear about your bad luck, Phil. I had a fall a month or so also. I was using the OES Frame Sliders and had only small scratches on the left bag and bottom of the crankcase cover. The left slider was scratched all to hell and gone, however. Just wondering if you were using any type of sliders. :)
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:40 PM

It's a good thing you only fly the plane and not have your A&P license.. :rolleyes:



Actually I worked as an A&P/IA for about 8.5 years before I got my first flying job. You should see how I find missing fasteners in a Learjet.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:43 PM

Sorry to hear about your bad luck, Phil. I had a fall a month or so also. I was using the OES Frame Sliders and had only small scratches on the left bag and bottom of the crankcase cover. The left slider was scratched all to hell and gone, however. Just wondering if you were using any type of sliders. :)



I've got the Motovation sliders which saved all the expensive plastic up front, but it and the bag took the brunt of the fall and short slide.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:45 PM

Hey Phil...sorry to hear about the bike :pinch: ...but...glad ya found yer nut :derisive:



:) Yea but I feel like I lost my two personal OEM nuts.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:27 PM

... You should see how I find missing fasteners in a Learjet.

The answer is so obvious..... you just fly it upside down. ;)
You should see what happens when you lose a plastic fastener inside the stator a 1000MW generator at a nuclear power plant. :(
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:28 PM


... You should see how I find missing fasteners in a Learjet.

The answer is so obvious..... you just fly it upside down. ;)



You'd be surprised at how much crap comes out of just the carpet...
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:30 PM


It's a good thing you only fly the plane and not have your A&P license.. :rolleyes:



Actually I worked as an A&P/IA for about 8.5 years before I got my first flying job. You should see how I find missing fasteners in a Learjet.

That's also a good way to pop breast's out of there hangers... :rolleyes:
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:38 PM

Mmmmmmmm...Breasts.

Don't sweat dropping the bike. Lots of us have done it. For cryin' out loud, they only have 2a wheels. Who the Hell thought that would be a good idea. They fall over, our ego gets bruised, and we move on.

At least your keeping positive about it. Oh...and never let your work stress you like that. Totally not worth it.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:24 AM

The left bag is pretty scratched up, but not much other damage.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:41 AM

On a silver bike, that scar is just like camoflage...

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:46 PM


... You should see how I find missing fasteners in a Learjet.

The answer is so obvious..... you just fly it upside down. ;)
You should see what happens when you lose a plastic fastener inside the stator a 1000MW generator at a nuclear power plant. :(


Or an instrument tech's tiny screwdriver in the front plenum of an industrial gas turbine (you could see where his name had been engraved on what was left of it :o )
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:35 AM



... You should see how I find missing fasteners in a Learjet.

The answer is so obvious..... you just fly it upside down. ;)
You should see what happens when you lose a plastic fastener inside the stator a 1000MW generator at a nuclear power plant. :(


Or an instrument tech's tiny screwdriver in the front plenum of an industrial gas turbine (you could see where his name had been engraved on what was left of it :o )



Yikes
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