I've been away for awhile. But I've been busy. I can't recount the hours I've spent researching the internet for this bike. In any case I finally have a set of crash bars or highway bars on my bike as well as my husband's. I feel so much more confident with them as our driveway is almost a mile of gravel to get to the main road.
The bike has got 500 breaking in miles and we have the first snow this morning. It was close. Part of the reason I've been missing is the bike just wouldn't perform - coughing, lurching, acting like it wasn't getting gas, then forging ahead all at low rpms. Of course, it's a new bike! I suspected a gummed up carbuerator (sp?) but the dealer where I purchased it swore it couldn't be. Two other bike shops said - it was gummed up with old gas. Humm. After putting up with poor performance for 500 miles and after getting the 500 mile check-up and fluids change, I decided to drive it in to a dealer and complain. Well, as luck would have it, the bike decided to get me out to the main road and a couple of miles away from home when it decided to DIE with cars behind and cars coming. Panicked I coasted to the side of the road and down the hill to a driveway where I played with it to no avail. A red pick-up pulls up beside me and a young man gets out and asks if I'm having trouble. "I think so," I respond, with my helmet swimming with sweat. He plays with the idle and the gas and determines I'm in trouble. He just happens to know the head mechanic at the dealer where I'm headed - because the mechanic lives next door to him. This young man and his wife have a bike and he has a trailer which he is willing to bring back for me. Where did this man come from? I am so amazed at his generosity. He says it's nothing. He says it's his nightmare to get stranded on the road and knows how I'm feeling. So he goes home, gets his trailer, loads on the bike in about 10 minutes flat! I am at the dealer who has agreed to stay open till I arrive about a half hour after their closing time! My husband has been called to meet me at the dealer to give me a ride home.
So, guys, I know now when I see those friendly hands waving at me when I pass another fellow cycler on the road, that those hands are for real, helping hands.
Two weeks later the bike is fixed - at no cost to me! The dealer who is close to me got Kawi to foot the bill for cleaning the carbuerator (sp?). You know I'm feeling really lucky and really blessed. I am thinking I made a good bike choice, have a company that stands behind its product, a husband to ride with and friends on the road to bike when I need them. You guys out there are really just awesome.
I can't wait for spring!