Posted by: motorcyclemuse | 23 May 2010

Run For The Wall XXII 2010: Day 3 – Gallup, NM to Angel Fire, NM

What a day!

We left Gallup, New Mexico under beautiful skies and traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico for our lunch.  One of the great things about traveling through New Mexico on the run is that we have a police escort from border to border that shuts down all traffic on the roads during the time we are traversing that particular area.  So, we hardly ever have to worry about traffic in New Mexico. 

Santa Fe is where things started getting very interesting.  I discovered a very loud clanging coming from my motorcycle and was experiencing some shifting issues.  I was determined that I was not going to bury another bike on the Run.  I thought I knew what the problem was, so, instead of pushing the bike and possibly making it worse, I had the bike loaded onto one of our chase trailers and carried to our overnight stop at Angel Fire, New Mexico in order to work on the bike that evening.  Since I had to ride in the chase vehicle, I was a virtual prisoner and was forced to go with the chase team to the Dairy Queen on the way up the mountain.  I really hated that I had to do that and sit in air conditioning, but, as you can see, I had no option!   More about the bike in a moment.

Back to today’s Run activities.  This day is always meaningful because we travel to an elevation of over 8,400 feet at Angel Fire, New Mexico to one of the first Vietnam Veterans Memorials in the United States.  A couple lost their only son in Vietnam and as a tribute and memorial to their son, they spent the rest of their lives building this memorial on top of the mountain.  Take a look for yourself.

Now back to the bike.  I removed the necessary items to be able to remove the gear cover, and, as I was removing the gear cover, I happened to look at the rear brake caliper and immediately knew what was causing the loud, clanking noise.  Somehow, the rear caliper cover over the brake pads had removed itself and gone elsewhere.  This, in and of itself, is not so bad.  However, one of the brake pad pins that holds the brake pads in place apparently decided to go with the cover.  The other brake pad pin was half-way out.  I’m fortunate that the brake pad didn’t wedge against the rotor causing the rear wheel to lock up.  Yes, I realize that at 131,000 miles on my bike, I need to start looking for another one.   But, they are so expensive.  Anyone wishing to help out on a worthy cause, i. e. popping $25,000 on me for a new bike, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you with the details!  (The Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol method isn’t working out too well for me.  They keep going to the wrong house!)  I finished adjusting the transmission, which did need it, while some other guys very graciously started working on the brake issue.  After some field engineering, in other words they rigged something up, the rear brake was repaired and operable again.  I can’t described to you what they did because after I heard duct tape, zip tie, 8 penny nail, and baling wire, I didn’t want to know anything beyond that as long as it worked!

The test ride went o.k., so, tomorrow we’ll find out how good we did.  Also, I’d like to apologize for the postings not being as prompt.  After working on the motorcycle until dark, I was just too tuckered out to work on the computer also.

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