My guardian angel was looking out for me the other day. It was a beautiful fall day except for gusting wind. I was suppose to go on an ABATE poker run, but other obligations kept me closer to home. Part of this run would have taken me over the very high Solomons Island bridge with heavy cross winds, and only Jersey barriers for sides. Instead I road down to show support, road off to take care of other business, stopped by the house to take care of the dog before riding off to join the ABATE crew, and then to another event. Once again parked in front of my garage, I noticed something was not quite right about my bike. Mind you I always do an inspection of my ride before I take off. Somehow in the last 75 miles after leaving that morning my handlebars had become loose. When I went to tighten my handlebars I had an eye opening experience. They were not loose, they were ready to come off in my hands. The 2 inch Custom Chrome rises had developed stress fractures.
I may not have been able to ride that day, but I did not die that day either. It’s an easy fix, I will ride again soon. I will also check my bike even closer now, and I hope you will do the same.
Long May You Ride,