I hate that for you VA. Personally, I wouldn't ride it like that since the motor is a stress member. IF your trip is with a group, I'd look into getting a rental.
I didn't think about the complexity of the repair if that broken chunk disappeared. That's it, time to shelve it until I can pull the motor and get it to a welder.It's not going to get better by riding it that way.
It is repairable as is. Let it get worse (especially if a chunk or two disappears), and it gets a lot more complex and expensive to repair.
Thank your lucky stars that you found it at this point, and fix it now.
You know what, I didn't check that bolt when I put the fairing back on... I'm going to get replacement bolts either way. Not going to do all that work and use the same bolts.That's no good! I don't remember anyone reporting a broken front mount. All the topics I've read have been the rear mounts. Did the bolt break too?
What year did they switch to the 12mm? Mine is a 2002.Thats similar to what mine looked like on my rear mount that cracked. I had caught mine early, so their was only one hairline crack. My rear bolt actually broke. After considering the pros and cons of drilling out the hole diameter in the case, I decided to drill to 12 mm, like the newer ST4's, after welding. So far, its been a good decision, as I have had no issues after the welding and drilling.
Well, now you know. :grin2::grin2::grin2:I was in the garage looking at my wife's Honda Rebel and thought "how bad could it be?".