Let me state for the record, I know when there is an impending vehicular mechanical problem. This is not a case of intuitiveness, it is being in the present. Hearing or feeling something different in the machine. Unfortunately, when I bring it to someones attention, they do not hear or feel the change, but I digress.
The mechanic drove my bike around front, the new rear tire had been installed. We were ready to roll. Out the driveway, down a frontage road, then we hit the interstate.
Arriving at our destination, I was disappointed that my rear tire had not stabilized my bikes high speed handling performance (so were the guys riding with our group). Another hundred miles, I could hear a squeaking noise, similar to malfunctioning brakes. No one in the group could isolate the problem.
After another 500 miles. The annoying, worrisome noise got to me. I drove my bike to a different dealership where a mechanic was kind enough to do a quick look-see…….and I am ever so thankful he did. As I watched, first in utter amazement, then horror, the mechanic spun the rear axle nut off with his fingers! I couldn’t believe my eyes, and then it dawned on me, my life had been hanging by a thread….literally.
Know your bike. Knowing could save your life.