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UL­TI­MATE RE­CY­CLING

Re­cently, the plas­tic base plate that mounts the top box that sits on the rear car­rier of my 2001 Honda Africa Twin de­vel­oped a nasty crack, prob­a­bly from all the off-road work I’ve sub­jected the ma­chine to. With the chances of find­ing a re­place­ment part for that 17-year-old af­ter­mar­ket item ex­tremely un­likely, I had to make plan to fix it my­self.

What I needed was a very high qual­ity, strong, smooth, per­fectly shaped and rounded, small piece of steel of just the right width with the holes po­si­tioned in such a way as to best join two ends of a bro­ken piece of some­thing tightly to­gether. So, scratch­ing through the odds-and-ends junk box, I found one of the sur­gi­cal plates that had been in­serted into my arm back when I snapped both bones clean through in a mas­sive bike wipe­out back in 2004 and the sur­geons had to bolt the whole arm back to­gether again, with a num­ber of these lit­tle plates to fix it. When they took them out a year later, I in­sisted on keep­ing them for some rea­son and those plates have been ly­ing around in my tool­box since for­ever, and now one of them has been re­pur­posed for its new task – and is do­ing the job sur­pris­ingly well.

So, from in­side my arm for a year to now on the out­side of my mo­tor­cy­cle, this lit­tle piece of metal is do­ing the ul­ti­mate re­cy­cling job, hold­ing the two ends of a bro­ken some­thing tightly to­gether. Now if only the plas­tic in the plate would grow bet­ter by it­self like arms do, then life would be won­der­ful.

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