Fly and Ride: MN to NH to MN in two days a.k.a. ST1100 Dreaming

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by transalper, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2002
    Oddometer:
    302
    Location:
    MN, USA
    Fun story: right after I took the photo in Cleveland I noticed a red fluid on the left side of the engine. Is that coolant? I checked the reservoir and it looked like the was a dark fluid near the low level. So I planned to stop and add fluid at the next stop. As I was riding I also noticed the bike was feeling a little squirrley. I attributed it mostly to the heavy winds but had a bad feeling. So at the next service area I pulled the side cover and saw that the coolant level was fine. And green. What is that red fluid?

    As I was pondering the mystery fluid I did a perimeter check of the bike. That's when I noticed that my rear tire was very low. I added air and sure enough there was a puncture. I wish I had brought my puncture kit.

    After backtracking 20 miles to an auto parts store for a puncture kit I found a shop with a free air pump and i proceeded to successfully plug the leak. For whatever reason during this process I looked in the left fairing storage bin and found my fluid source - a leaking Gatorade container. Ha!

    Zen moment: Don't jump to conclusions with limited information. I do that too much in life. Slow down and think.

    And someone is watching over me cause if that container hadn't been leaking I might have not noticed the low rear tire as soon as i did.
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  2. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    302
    Location:
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    You do look sad. Sorry bud. This bike will be in my stable a long time. :)
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  3. 8ner

    8ner Adventurer

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    One step over the line
    I will post a pick of my rebound Bike soon. You home wrecker.:D she is sexy and Red.
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  4. biosci

    biosci Tumbleweed54473

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    Central WI 54473
    Thanks for sharing the adventure. Gotta watch those gateraide bottles all the time.
    Sweet Ride.
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