Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Haverhill, MA, USA
Maiden Voyage - What the H____ was that?
OK - it's hard to resist opeing up that throttle on the maiden voyage of the season. I admit, despite my considerable advanced age (Truman was in the White House at my birth...OK!), that I am weak in that regard.Perhaps, I should have put the Norton Commando on the road before the K-75, but noooooooooo.... I actually wanted to prep it for the Minuteman 1000 next month.
So, I am crusing along about 85 on a major interstate not far from my home berth, when I hear and felt a very distinctive "pop" from the front end of the bike. All right, I commence emergency responses - slowly back off the throttle to make sure that I still had control; check rear views to make sure that I had a clear shot to the shoulder and set my senses on high alert assessment mode. But - everything seemed fine - or at least, I thought so. No ABS lights, no smoke, no wobble. Could I have imagined it? Was it my chinstrap banging against my helmet? So, I did the logical thing - right? I kept going - what was I thinking!
Four miles later, I was banking into a turn off the Interestate on my exit, again, Spring fever excess overwhelming rationality - I was going too fast! That's when just beyond the apex, I made the chilling discovery that I had no brakes - nada! The front brake lever was free of any resistance. I downshifted and let the throttle braking bring me to a more sensible speed. Now, that I had straighted up and out, I stood on the squishy rear brake and was able to slow it down to a manageable speed and made it home.
I jumped of the bike, kissed the ground and threw my helmet in a rage at my own stupidity for not checking out the bike after the "pop". I should have known better. However, my personal rant at myself gave way to a head shaking "wow". There was brake fluid all over the front wheel and right fork. I then noticed that the bleeder value on the Brembo was actually SHEARED OFF! What the heck! So, your theories would be appreciated...I want to make sure that it is not a systemmic problem!