My worst day riding actually had nothing to do with riding! Lose ya already? Yeah I though so.
I should start by saying that I had my sewer line replaced near the end of last summer. They did most of it trenchless but they had to dig up wherever there were joints in the pipe, as they can only do trenchless runs in a straight pull. Anyway, one of the places they dug up was right next to my car port, where I keep my bike.
Fast forward to a bit over a week ago I get my new bike('09 blue versys) and put it where my old Ninja 250 used to live. Well for most of last week we got rain and snow, which was heartbraking with a new bike going unused!
So Friday comes around, the sun is out and it is a balmy 42 degrees so I decide to go for a ride. I start up the V, let it warm up while I finish getting my gear on. I get on it and push the bike backwards, as I can not go forward where it is parked. I come off the cement and can feel the resistance of the mud but think nothing of it. The front tire comes off, rolls a few inches and stops. I give the bars a yank while trying to push the bike back and the bike makes barely and inch of movement. So I do the old trick where you lock the front brake, push forward on the bars, then yank back while releasing the brake..always worked before but this time, no luck. I try a few times and am making no progress at all. I look down there to see what is going on and I notice my front tire sinking where the driveway had been dug up. It seems the guys had failed to pack the dirt back down as it was a very soupy mess.
The front tire stopped sinking only because the engine was sitting on the hard ground that had not been dug up. I could get off the bike and it would remain upright, well not counting the near 45 degree forward angle of the bike. The top of the tire was just barely above the level of the surrounding dirt. So I sit there and think for a few about how I am going to get my beloved bike out of this pit. I tried hooking some ratchet straps to the tubes under the seat and pulling the bike out, no luck.
I ended up having to put some boards on each side of the tire to stand on. I then had to squat down, put my hands through the front tire and lift the bike up, which proved harder than I thought as the mud had a suction effect on the tire. Once I had the tire out of the pit, I had to shuffle over until I could set the front tire down on some harder ground. Now thankfully I am a bit of a gym rat so I was confident I could lift that much weight, however it was quite awkward to do so. My biggest worry, of course, was the bike falling over while setting it down. The bike did try to lean to the side but I was able to keep it upright and scratch free!
Now that I had my beloved bike out of the pit of despaire, I had to push it over near the hose so I could spray all of the mud and rocks out of the tire and rotors. After that was all done, I had to wipe off the sweat, gear back up and had a lovely ride, apart from my fingers going numb..
You can bet I put a number of rocks in that pit and have boards I will be putting over the area when I get my bike out..
I won't be pulling my bike out of anymore pits anytime soon