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Old 11-02-2010   #11
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Borrowing expensive stuff

Good story Dave.

Back in my early 20's there was a few of us in the hills of Kentucky who were fortunate enough to own high powered street motorcycles. One afternoon we all went out on a country road to watch a couple guys drag race. One of the guys was a friend and didn't have much experience on his new bike. So he wanted me to race it for him. Thinking it would be fun I said OK. On one of the runs the other guy lost control of his bike on the starting line and came across the center line hitting me and knocking me into the ditch. This resulted in some expensive parts damage and 3 friends in am uncomfortable position of working out finance details. Besides me limping for a month. My buddy never liked his bike anymore because it had been crashed and ended up selling it. It was just bad all around.

After that I vowed never to borrow anybodies expensive toys (motorcycles,Power Boat, car etc). It became kinda of a creed among us moto heads not even to ask to borrow because it always seemed like something freakn bad happened putting friends in uncomfortable situations where both parties loose and friendships take a hit.

About a year after that I got a new bike I paid a lot of $$ for. A few weeks later my sister shows up from college with her new football player boyfriend for the weekend. About 30 minutes after introduction he ask me to let him take my moto for a ride. I said sorry, it's my policy not to let anyone ride my bike (much less some joker I don't even know). So he put the hard sell on me trying to get me to let him take it out and I kept telling him sorry but NOOOOOO.

I got my sister together with our parents and I said "This guy is the biggest dickhead you have ever brought home and you should dump this turkey pronto." Well that went over like a lead balloon and they all ran me out of town for the weekend.

Well in the end the guy ended up being a loser but it took her awhile to figure it out.

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Old 11-02-2010   #12
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I am with you possumturd! In college, I was at a party on my GSX-1100 and stupidly left the keys in the ignition. A friend jumped on and took off down the road but came back pretty quick. He said he was used to dirt bikes but was surprised at how much power my 1100 had and he almost dumped it. I told him that is how 140 horses feel and never left my keys in again! Luckily no damage was done and it was a cheap lesson.

Good luck with the sled, Dave, no matter what you do with it!

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Old 11-03-2010   #13
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I was riding the Polaris Dragon when I ran into you guys that weekend . I live nearby and rode up from my house. I think I told you that was the second time that season I saw a sled catch fire from a brake set. The first time I helped put it out. It burned just like yours, and is up and running today, just like yours. Sleds donít have a very good warning when the brake is locked on. Just a light that is hard to see in the daylight.
You ought to try pulling one off the trailer with the brake locked on.


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