Just rode this home from Tempe, Az to Prescott, Az.
I’m exhausted now! It was quite an adventure.
Left Prescott this morning at 10:00am with two friends. We got to Tempe at about noon. The seller had forgotten to have the title notarized (necessary in Az) so he left to the bank to do that while we hung out on his front porch.
He returned, we did the exchange, and off we went! My two friends drove my truck behind me the whole way…just in case.
Good thing too!
I pulled over and we discovered that the emergency brake was on! I hadn’t checked it because the seller had told me that he never uses it. Turns out, he showed it to one of my friends… and didn’t take it off. No wonder it was handling so sluggish. We moved the rig into the shade to let the shoes cool off.
We got through Phoenix and onto Grand Ave / Hwy 60 when my (suicide) shifter stopped working. It was floppy!
That area is an industrial part of the Valley, and fairly barren. I pulled into a large, empty lot.
After spending ten minutes or so trying to locate any near-by motorcycle shop, a tall, thin man sauntered around the corner of the warehousy building which shade we’d been using.
We all had a moment of mis-trust, but when he saw the Ural and heard about our plight, he took a brief look at the shifter, and said, “I can fix that.” He made a slight motion for us to follow him.
I followed after him and as I rounded the back corner of the building, I saw… a workshop! Cars! Motorcycles! Tools!
The guys, “my pit crew”, pushed the rig around and into the shop.
A welder who looked suspiciously like Brandon Frazier’s younger brother, checked out the problem with pit crew Cliff – the suicide shifter’s previously not-so-well-done weld had broken.
Brandon’s brother (who I found out later is a pro-dirt bike racer!) made quick work of welding it back together. He did a great job and the linkage was tight and sure!
They even have a race team for the one guy’s kid!
How crazy fortuitous it was that my shifter broke where it did!
It was really windy on the back highway roads, and I was parched. We stopped for gas and a look-over in Wickenburg and were on our way.
After a slow ride up Yarnell, and an even slower ride up the twisties of the White Spars, got home and Pugsly greeted me in her excited pug way.
I’ve been getting her used to the Doggles, so soon she shall ride with me!