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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"....
 

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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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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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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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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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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...
 

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wow. the first time i took my bike out ( it sat for 4 or so years) i drove too my buddies house with the bike in the bed of the truck , we took off on a "see what she will do " ride in case the engine or what not craped out i had the truck close . little did i know we ended up 100 miles away from his house lol and nothing happed to the bike , but still had the truck ready to go if my bike crapped out ..... least you got her home safe and sound !!!!
 

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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.
Years back when on a 4wheeling ride with some friends. My buddies truck quit and would not get fuel. Fuel pump crapped out. Luckily it was before fuel injection so it was carburated (I said years back). Sat there for a while wondering what to do. I asked if the windshield washer worked? My buddy with a bewildered look thought I was being silly but yes it works. So we drained the washer reservoir and put gas in it with the hose going into the carb held with wire ties . Got in hit the windshield washer a couple times and the truck fired right up. Drove 10 miles out of the woods just hitting the washer when it started to stumble and refilling the reservoir a few times.

I know it's not bike related but...Where there is a will there is a way.
 

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Baldy.. after reading your post it reminds me of a similar get it home fix... only difference is... i wired the washer pump up continuous. also rigged up the fuel line to constantly feed the pump.
 

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Baldy.. after reading your post it reminds me of a similar get it home fix... only difference is... i wired the washer pump up continuous. also rigged up the fuel line to constantly feed the pump.
Yeah we thought of that the next day but in the dark, no flashlight, and no extra hose we did it the quick way.
 

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So, found out this morning that my throttle cable is actually broke, not just out of the throttle sleeve... So... Here she sits at the house until I can get a new cable to replace it... Be several more weeks before that is a possibility...

L2fish: Yeah, Thomasville. Where is the plant? I always know people looking for jobs... Maybe I can send them that way.
 
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