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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Was left stranded...

I went for a ride yesterday to meet a friend halfway between Tallahassee, FL (where they live) and Thomasville, GA (where I live) which is about a 15-20 minute drive for either of us, needed to pick up the garage door opener for another friends house so I can get his Sporty to baby sit while he is in Afghanistan. I got just outside of Thomasville and noticed I was heading straight for a really ugly thunder storm. So, I pulled off in the median, shut down the bike, and pulled out my cell phone to call my friend and tell them to forget it for the day, wasn't going to ride into a thunderstorm, would meet up another day. All was good...

I start the bike back up, kick it into first, and begin to make a u-turn to head back home. Bike starts to pull forward as I begin releasing the clutch and twisting the throttle... And this is where it happened... I suddenly feel the throttle grip spin free and no acceleration... Somehow the stupid throttle cable came loose from the grip... Shut the bike down again, and pull out the tool kit... Got to remove the screws from the throttle grip housing in order to do a quick repair, all the while watching the thunderstorm moving my direction and hearing the thunder get closer and louder...

What do I find...? The screws are stripping instead of turning... Both of them... A Culligan man stopped to try to help, couldn't get the screws out either, a crotch rocket rider stopped to check on me to make sure everything was ok and that I had a way to contact someone... I ended up having to call my wife to come get me and abandon the bike in the grassy median over night until I can find someone with a truck to help me get the bike back to the house... So, this was yesterday afernoon and the bike is still sitting there, drove out there this morning to make sure...

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that while waiting on my wife to pick me up the storm caught up with me... Made me so much "happier"....

1990 VN750
Got it on 9/10/09
7683 original miles when I got it
7870 current (constantly adding more)
Mods already on bike:
Kuryakyn Iso Grips with throttle boss
Kuryakyn Iso pegs with heel rests
Windshield (not sure what brand or style, just look at my pic)
Leather Saddle bags
Leather t-bag
Mods since I got it:
Wet Battery
Many more to come...
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 10:24 AM
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Wow! What next, I'll bet you're thinking! Let me be the first to say it; when it rains, it pours! Hope you get it straightened out soon.

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Man that sucks. I have had stuff like that happen also and it seems like it just gets worse while waiting. On the stripped screws. Sometimes if you can get a flat screwdriver between the 2 halves and pry just a bit, the screws will catch and start out.

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Jardine cross over exaust
Kyriakin grips and foot pegs
Modified seat and backrest
Windshield
Luggage rack
Crash bar with Kyriakin pegs and extensions
Kumho 758 165/80-15 CT rear Dunlop 404 110/90-19 front
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
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Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
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Degoated with Harley mufflers
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That is what life is made of.
This small trials are fun to look back at later.
Hope you get your bike fixed.

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Wow, sorry about you luck dude. Let us know how you make out and stay safe.
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FYI- I drove home one night with a busted throttle cable, using the idle adjuster knob to control my speed.
Kind of awkward but it got me there.
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Sounds like the night I rode my snowmobile home with a frozen throttle cable that was stuck wide open...just kept toggling the kill switch to keep my speed in check, dang near died that night!

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I have had a truck for about 20 years now, and can`t imagine how I ever managed without one for so many years before that. I am thinking that when I finally get back on two wheels next season, that I am going to have to prepare my truck for someone to come rescue me in an emergency.

It is a toss up whether to take the topper shell off the truck for the summer, and use a ramp and tiedowns in the box, or get a small bike trailer that can be quickly hooked up when needed. I have seen some that don`t take up much storage space in a garage when they are stood up on the tailgate.

ravdaveed, a trailer might be something your m/c members could buy together and split the cost for self rescue.

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

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MF-AGM battery
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TOP TEN THINGS A NEW RIDER/OWNER SHOULD DO. Click on link.
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if you own a bike, own a truck! I couldnt live without my truck. hauled the bike a few times, only once by choice. haul my boat quite a bit but a car could do that. a trailer is much easier to get a dead bike into and they do make a folding trailer if you do not have much room, sears use to carry them!

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Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
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acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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I finally got her home last night. My wife and I had some friends and their kids over for dinner and in the middle of the conversation found out they have a trailer. So, I got him to go with me to get the bike with the trailer, helped a lot. Now I know who to call for future incidents... Now I just have to get the stripped screws out and then some new screws to replace them...

1990 VN750
Got it on 9/10/09
7683 original miles when I got it
7870 current (constantly adding more)
Mods already on bike:
Kuryakyn Iso Grips with throttle boss
Kuryakyn Iso pegs with heel rests
Windshield (not sure what brand or style, just look at my pic)
Leather Saddle bags
Leather t-bag
Mods since I got it:
Wet Battery
Many more to come...
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