Happy to hear that all turned out well in the end, but damn, what was up with you Michigan guys at the Fly-By?This years fly-by was again a fantastic event for me. I had the opportunity to try out my new luggage soft saddle bags, with integration to a rear bag, all designed to snap together into one complete secure package! I loaded her up, wrapped the tail with suran wrap to assure no scratching, and we're off to mid Ohio for a day, before dropping down the next to Marietta, OH.
The new GSXR 1000 I purchased (left-over 2011 model, but new) is very comfortable for me, so there was no stopping planned until I needed food, gas, potty, or something significant. The new Yosh mufflers added a nice tune to the trip, and before you know it, I was exiting in Perrysburg to take route 199 into some better roads.
Sun was out, birds chirping, and there was a smell that was strange, not good, that makes one go Hmmmm...
I pulled into the Speedway gas station and was notified by another customer that my luggage is burning. I knew my GSXR was a hot bike, but damn! I had to look like squad 51 from emergency dumping stuff out and doing the pat-it out dance. I had packed a container of pledge to polish the bike, and the lid had melted into the bag bottom, label burnt, and was ready to begin shooting lemon fresh flammable liquid.
While a lemon fresh rocket propelled GSXR to Marietta sounds cool, it never works out that way. Basically, the system "relaxed" and sagged down onto both mufflers. I made adjustments, and delt with the remaining smell to Marion Ohio, where a good part of the day was a visit to the local salvation army (Jeans, 19 cents in the budget bin), Big Lots (Scissors, 2 part epoxy, and chrome polish) to begin my now Jean-lined epoxied saddle bag repair attempt. The hotel was a smoking room, which I do not smoke, but the luggage fit right in. Cheap shampoo worked for laundry the next night as I was "one pair short" from burning my britches. Polish and some scraping removed the nylon stalagmites that had formed on the Yosh mufflers.
The happy ending is a visit to Iron Pony on the way home, and whilst I did not have the luggage as secure as it could be, Iron Pony gave me instructions for some type of compensation! I am to follow their directions and see how it goes, otherwise, I will bondo the current bags, and paint some flames on the side.
Note to self: Stay away from Michigan members during Fly-By week, things tend to get bent, scraped, broken and burned...