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Old 31st December 2014, 11:37   #46
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I picked up a new tank-bag: the Viaterra Fly Magnetic and even at very high speed, it was rock-solid and didn't move a milimeter. Very capacious and manage to cram in clothes, hair-straightner [don't ask why], cosmetics and i didn't have to carry anything on my back.

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Nice to know the bike used for trips like these
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There have been more trips but still planning the mother of all trips I've done - 3,000 km. Hopefully the bike will run beautifully.


Watch this space.

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The weather had been perfect for afternoon rides. So we rode up to lonavla at 330pm.
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Reached by about 530. Made the obligatory stop at Coopers for some fudge and after loading up the tank bag, we rode to Dukes for some coffee.

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Watched the sun go down and left Khandala at 630 pm. We rode on the expressway and got off and the Bonnies full beam was no match for the pitch darkness on the highway. Slowed down the speed and rode slowly. We were at the Panvel bypass by about 715 and on Palm Beach Road soon after.

The speed breakers on NH4A are insane. They require some serious mountain climbing and soon we were on my favorite riding road - palm Beach.

Quick progress on palm Beach Road and soon we were on the SCLR, home for dinner at 9 pm.
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Hey DJ,
Always lovely to have our womenfolk enjoy the weekend rides with us. However, please get her better protective gear. Outside city limits, the sweetness of the Bonnie engine always makes us more enthusiastic about our riding than what we have been ever used to with our past bikes
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Always lovely to have our womenfolk enjoy the weekend rides with us. However, please get her better protective gear. Outside city limits, the sweetness of the Bonnie engine always makes us more enthusiastic about our riding than what we have been ever used to with our past bikes
Jayant: the gear is in place. Have you tried to get a lady to wear gear? I can just about cajole her into wearing a riding jacket. Boots are a no go as is the full-face helmet I picked up for her.

And with a pillion, my max speed is always below 80 kmph, come what may. I may have charge over my life, but riding two up brings added responsibility.
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Jayant: the gear is in place. Have you tried to get a lady to wear gear? I can just about cajole her into wearing a riding jacket. Boots are a no go as is the full-face helmet I picked up for her.
completely agree with you there. It was really difficult to finally zero in on the cramster breezer in my case. Its completely a different ball game to make them wear knee guards. No idea what'll happen wrt full face hemlet
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completely agree with you there. It was really difficult to finally zero in on the cramster breezer in my case. Its completely a different ball game to make them wear knee guards. No idea what'll happen wrt full face hemlet
I got her a Cortech LRX Air 2 Jacket from the US. She picked out the color as she thinks that I chose Power Ranger-esque gear. The helmet is one we picked up in Indonesia because she didn't want to wear a rental helmet when we rented a bike there.

I have a small helmet shop in my living room now. A flip-up original LS2, a full-face MT revenge for her, my Vemar full-face and the orange KT? half face.

Can someone tell me how to explain to her that she needs to wear boots, a full face helmet and knee pads? It leads to many arguments
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Can someone tell me how to explain to her that she needs to wear boots, a full face helmet and knee pads? It leads to many arguments
Hi djp, I guess I am lucky in this respect, that my spouse refuses to get on the bike without reasonable gear such as proper boots, FF Helmet, A padded Jacket and Ridding Jeans and gloves. So much she will not allow my son or daughter to get on my pillion without these.

I guess she has seen first hand how people wearing proper ridding gear walking away from high speed crashes and how people have serious consequences from even a slow speed accident when not wearing proper gear.

Get her to watch some Moto GP crash videos, specially ones where riders walk away and point out these facts to her in comparison with day to day street accidents/news.

The negative is she may stop ridding altogether

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The negative is she may stop ridding altogether

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Thanks Ram. That is a SERIOUS ISSUE which is why the cry for help :P
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Oh boy! Is there anything that I have experienced (or still experiencing!) that has not already been discussed here.

I'm somewhere in the middle of the situation that Ram and Djpeesh are. The wife has agreed to a full face helmet after the theatrics of suffocation, claustrophobia etc. She's agreed to a jacket too- as long as it 'looks good'. Boots, trousers and gloves are still in the phase of settling in in her mind. Though surprisingly she insists I always wear the full gear, which I need to get better with.

The bigger problem is there aren't many options available for women motorcycling gear in India.
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So when the screw ups happen, they happen in pairs. Two weeks ago, the fuel sensor packed up and I had to push the bike 3 km to the petrol pump. The fuel sensor was replaced and the bike came back home.

Then on Thursday night, me and gf decided to go for a ride since it was a cool night and seemed to be perfect weather for a ride.

We geared up and decided to ride to town and get some coffee at marine drive.

We were enjoying the ride and then suddenly, I slowed down for a speed breaker and while changing gear, the left footpeg just snapped and fell off onto the road.

Luckily I was riding at 20 kmph so I put my feet down and pulled over on the side of the road. There was a bus on my left and a bus behind me so if it had happened just after the speedbreaker, I wouldn't be writing this post.

I picked up the peg off the road after all the traffic had cleared and also picked up the bolt that fell onto the road.

To cut a long story short, we decided to ride home and rested my foot on the silencer. Reached home and the next morning, blew my fuse with Triumph.

The RSA came and picked up the bike and the peg has been replaced. Just picked up the bike and came home.

It blows my mind that something like this could happen on a so-called premium motorcycle, when my 33 year old Yezdi still has all its pegs intact.

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Glad you are well DJ. When I see riders - also robust ones! - standing on pegs moto-cross style, I have always feared an event like this. It is so unusual for the bolt to get sheared off like this. Are you sure kids do not have access to the bike, where it is parked?
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No kids in my building sir. It's parked very securely. The only explanation I can think of is that sometimes the peg gets caught on my trousers. But that's about it.
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We were enjoying the ride and then suddenly, I slowed down for a speed breaker and while changing gear, the left footpeg just snapped and fell off onto the road.

Luckily I was riding at 20 kmph so I put my feet down and pulled over on the side of the road. There was a bus on my left and a bus behind me so if it had happened just after the speedbreaker, I wouldn't be writing this post.
Was the left foot peg ever removed post delivery or any time after factory. Like whilst fitting after market silencer etc. ?

The reason for this query (may be engineers/experts here can confirm, from the pics it look like a over torqueing fracture.

Even I have seen dealers not using torque wrenches whilst working on the bikes. All the new machine bolts are very torque sensitive and its becoming a major issue these days.

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Was the left foot peg ever removed post delivery or any time after factory. Like whilst fitting after market silencer etc. ?

The reason for this query (may be engineers/experts here can confirm, from the pics it look like a over torqueing fracture.

Even I have seen dealers not using torque wrenches whilst working on the bikes. All the new machine bolts are very torque sensitive and its becoming a major issue these days.

Best Regards & Ride Safe

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The peg has never been removed to the best of my knowledge. Someone else also remarked that it seems to be a clear case of over-torqued bolts. Let's see what Triumph India says.
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