Catch me if you can

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richard.new­land@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com Miles 2237 MPG 45.5

At first I thought it was a Black­bird arc­ing into my field of vi­sion as the Paso’s boom­ing Hawk cans in­voked their usual morn­ing rou­tine of ex­pung­ing all an­i­mals with the ca­pac­ity to flee from the hedgerows along my com­mute. But no, it was the Paso’s one black ear – the right­hand mir­ror/in­di­ca­tor as­sem­bly – mak­ing a des­per­ate bid for free­dom. In­spired by a com­bi­na­tion of wind pres­sure and the sus­pen­sion-crash­ing pot­hole I’d just failed to ne­go­ti­ate, the unit had pinged free of its triple lug mounts, and was now com­ing up to thump me in the chest like a phan­tom lone box­ing glove.

My right hand in­stan­ta­neously re­leased the throt­tle, and made a seem­ingly un­re­peat­able per­fect catch as my right foot tried to of­fer some brak­ing ef­fort, and I headed for the kerb. The in­di­ca­tor’s bul­let con­nec­tors, not the wiring it­self, had been the point of sep­a­ra­tion, and un­der a minute later ev­ery­thing was re­con­nected and I was on my way again.

Re­peat per­for­mances started to be­come reg­u­lar and re­place­ments al­most im­pos­si­ble to source, and cost­ing £150 for a good one, I thought I should try and tip the odds back to­wards me a lit­tle. With the mir­ror popped off I nipped the spring clips as tight as I could, and cleaned the chan­nels on the lug plate to en­sure the best snug­ness of fit pos­si­ble. Then I reat­tached the con­nec­tors, and added a de­cent swathe of in­su­la­tion tape to hope­fully bind the sec­tions to­gether well enough to turn the mir­ror into a dan­gling mon­o­cle for the next time.

Other Paso quirks this week in­clude the bad­gered ig­ni­tion bar­rel now only ac­cept­ing the key one way round, and I also dis­cov­ered that I’d left my side­stand puck some­where on my var­i­ous trav­els, leav­ing me on a quest for solid ground to re­sist the Paso’s spear-like side­stand. I’ve never worked out why its foot is miss­ing, but if you’ve seen it, pop it in the post for me.

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