I recently bought this 2001 ST4 (15k+ miles) at a killer price to sell after doing some needed maintenance. Purchased it for $1400 and I hoped to sell for about $2500 after doing some work to it. I just finished the maintenance by installing the wheels and new tires on it. I decided it was my little project to bring up to mechanical standards and then sell it. The purchase price was such that this path made sense.
I installed new Tires, Air Filter, Fuel Filter, Belts using the frequency app on my phone to adjust them, NGK Iridium Spark Plugs, front sprocket lock and bolts, new DoT 4 brake fluid and bled the systems, new Coolant, and Valve Adjust. It came with nice GPR cans and new chain and sprockets.
Yesterday I decided to suit up with my handy dandy Joe Rocket suit and see how it all went together. I certainly ensured the brakes were working. Nothing worse than squeezing the levers and instantly remembering the calipers weren't pumped up. Well they were fine.
Off I went. All running very very well. Down the street, about a half mile to the stop sign. Right Turn, gave it a tiny bit of gas (four mph, really!) and next thing I know I'm looking at the bike about 15 feet away and I'm laying on my right side!
I crawled over to the now terrible machine which I now hate (
) and hit the kill switch.
People stopped their cars and all came right over. I'm certainly grateful for that. All asked if I was OK. I was, but realized my right knee and hip took a bump and would be slightly sore for a day or two. Hitting the pavement reminded me how hard it really is. Well, my instant analysis was spot on, and I'm a little sore today!
A fellow came over and offered to help lift it and I'm grateful for that. Wheeled it to the side of the road. Cracked right mid and lower fairing. Cracked windshield. Oh well, my hope of making a few bucks just went with the slippery tires!!
Believe me, I'm 66 yo. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary. But it happened.
And........... I failed to heed the advice of the mechanic who specifically advised me the tires would be slippery. Little did I realize how absolutely skittish they were. I've had better traction on wet leaves!
So I hope my little mis-adventure can help someone in the future. Give the tires about 50-100 miles to get skuffed in prior to doing anything mildly aggressive.
Have a great US Thanksgiving holiday and a great weekend to all. Now on to Ebay to look for parts!! Hopefully I can break even on this deal!