Speaking of which, how'd you manage that?!!! Any GoPro evidence? Your leg sounds painfull but atleast your hands are still intact
No gopro footage unfortunately! Spewing! The case was on the bike but the camera wasn't it in. The new lens arrived yesterday actually so I'm tossing up whether to actually install it on or. As it is the camera still records OK just with that smudge on it. If the replacement lens doesn't work (and it may not, its not designed for the gopro) then the camera may as well be binned
Leg is still sore, I'm limping a bit but it's getting better. Still no visible brusing so must be all internal soft tissue injury. Like when someone gives you a dead leg, but instead of it being pinpointed it's my whole thigh!
Oh, as for the source of the crash, it as electrical - same bloody throttle gremlins that have caused me to nearly come off before, only this time I did...
I thought I'd solved the issue last week when I replaced the other throttle which had a loose and corroded signal wire. It was randomly breaking contact causing the bike to suddenly surge WOT. I fitted a brand new throttle and for the last week it's been fine, but on the way to work the other day I must have squeezed the wiring with my leg as I was leaning the bike and it suddenly did it again. I was already braking as I leaned into a corner going fairly quick when it surged, lifting the front wheel, twitching and promptly throwing me off! Similar incident this this only imagine it when cornering and more wheel twitch (and the wheel lifted of the ground with the sudden application of 5kw!) http://youtu.be/A3PsVFDxupI?t=19s
The bike has been crashed a number of times so it must be multiple issues with the throttle. Given the one I have on there now is brand new I think there must be a loose wire or dry joint on the controller end.
Hey the frame looks good in red, how'd you go with the head tube repair?
Yeah it came up nice, not sure how durable it'll be with just spray paint but I'll ride it as is for now and can always get it done properly later. The quotes I got to do it were $300+ so I thought I'd hang off for now and see how happy I am with the ride of the bike etc.
And yeah I got the headtube pretty well sorted (for those not aware the box Timma send the frame to me in got bashed around in the post and the headtube had a big dent in it making a flat section on the ID of the tube and making it impossible to get the headset it) I got the guys at work to turn me up a steel tapered cone that was slightly bigger that the hole at one end and .5mm larged than the OD of the headset cup and the other. Bashing it in rounded the tube back out nicely
I'm hope to get the frame assembled over the rest of the easter break but I've got a few other projects on - finishing off 2 kits I'm making for other guys and also still finishing off the fighter.
On that note, I got the opportunity to duck out few a few hours yesterday and it was a nice day so took it down the beach. Being a public holiday the place was packed and probably 1 in 5 people walking along the esplanade stopped to ask me about the bike. I really should become a stealth dealer, I reckon I could have sold 5 that morning
Then I took it for a spin along the waters edge, opening it up once I was away from the heavily congested areas. There were still people around finshing and sunbaking etc but I had plenty of room to ride fast without steering around people or being a nuisance. I don't think I could have turned any more heads if I was sprinting along the beach naked while shouting into a megaphone
Power consumption was high on the sand as expected but only around 1500w at 50km/hr. She was a bit twitchy on the soft sand to ride any faster than that anyway!