It happened yesterday. After limping through The Gathering of the Clans with a stitched up toe, I made it there in my Audi TT. Shame on you if you were within 500 miles and missed it. Great food, good people, and airheads of all shapes and sizes - and a couple other interesting bikes too. Post return, I got a call from Rick Jones. He was down on US321 in Tennessee with a broken shifter on his R80G/S. Within minutes I had a truck and was heading west on I-40. It could not have gone any easier. 3 hours later we rolled into Asheville and stopped at my friend Jim's house. On showing him the problem, he said "...let's go to the shop and weld it up". 10 minutes later it was better than new. Once back at The Church of the Horizontally Opposed Air Cooled Twin, I sprayed on a little black Rustoleum to tie a bow around the job. Rick helped me get Das Beast off the lift, and we rolled my R60/2, aka Mojo up on the lift for the next job, cleaning the crap out of the tank. Dinner was ready... SWMBO had a great feed of pasta and free range chicken. After Rick departed Monday a.m. for his safe return to Motorrad Elektrik World HQ, I decided to try to put on some boots... my toe still has 10 stitches and it's broken. Happily, I could loosen up the boots enough to strap in... I was off to the inspection station - only after putting 32 lbs. into the new Battle Axes front and rear. US$13.20, I had inspection done. The inspector didn't even much look at it. Mileage? 999. (new rebuilt speedo installed). Back at Chateau Loco I logged into the NCDMV web site. Now a sticker is on the way to make it truly legal. Oh boy... Now I can do some big miles. 11.9 liters of fuel make for big continental drifting.