THE QUESTION How hard is it to pick up?
Car/bike interface does not end well
It was all going so well. In my last report I said how after around 5000 miles it had all come together and I was really gelling with the bike. Summer was upon us and I was cruising around with the music blaring and the wind in my beard.
Then one sunny evening I was riding home down the A1 and pulled off to get some petrol. I stopped at a roundabout and just as I was about to move off, I saw something approaching very quickly. The next thing I know, I was skittering along the ground and the Harley was crashing onto the roundabout.
The driver lept out and was profusely apologetic but that still didn’t stop me wondering – how the hell am I going to get this 375kg behemoth up onto its wheels and off the roundabout? Thankfully it was surprisingly easy. Lying as it was on the pannier and crashbar, it was just a case of flicking the stand out and levering it over the top of itself but in doing so, the damage was immediately apparent.
The force of the impact had smashed in the rear light cluster and broken the mudguard. The left exhaust and pannier were bent and had taken the subframe with them. The right pannier was dented and scratched where it had gone down the road, along with the footboards, crashbar, exhaust and bat wing. A few bikers passed as all this was going on and each one stopped to offer help, which went a long way to raising my dented spirits.
For now it’s back with HarleyDavidson, while the damage is assessed but it’s possible that all those things will add up to the bike being written off.
In the meantime, and quite possibly permanently, I’ve borrowed a replacement bike that is almost identical, except it’s blue. So, the plan remains pretty much the same and we’ll be heading to the Thunder in the Glens in Scotland later this month.
‘The force of the impact smashed the muguard, lights and bent the pipe’