Mr. Happy, to give readers a little history, usually appears when something really good or bad visits a tour.
The day started quite well and as we headed towards Ketchum's sister community, Hailey, Idaho, passing the scene of the terrible breakdown of Bill's BMW RT that ended with a tow truck ride for Bill and bike to Boise, Idaho. Bill subsequently rented a Harley and the group did a tour of northern Nevada while Bill's bike was repaired.
Everyone on the tour always services their bike and has them checked over very carefully for any problems....... but...........
As Bob entered Hailey, he noticed his bike behaving very odd..........as if the brake was on!!! Oh boy was the rear brake on - the rear brake was locked on, red hot, and had gotten so hot it melted the inside portion of the left side. Nick and George worked on the rear brake until they could get the wheel to spin free. To be safe, Bob and the group headed to a local bike shop that was open - and very few bike shops are open on Mondays, but two critical shops were - Woodside Motorsports in Haily, Idaho, and Carl's Cycle Sales - a larger Honda dealer in Boise. The saga unfolds.........
The above picture is a new way to get great mileage on your bike's gas and see the sights on the way to Boise for a diagnosis and to plan options.........things are starting to get really expensive.
The folks at Carl's are awesome, and Woodside had called them and they were waiting for the bike and quickly got it into the shop where asses and elbows flew as they got to work.
Two hours later, the diagnosis was in - the Honda ST 1300A with ABS brakes has the same integrated braking system as the Goldwing, which has had a recall for the same problem that now was causing the locked brake. It was a corroded valve on the front brake that is controlled by the rear brake (that integrated part of the braking system). Fortunately, the bike was covered by an extended warranty...except it does not cover express shipping $$, the excess mileage over AAA coverage $$$ and the two nights (minimum) stay in a local hotel with meals $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. If only Honda had the corporate ethics to also order a recall on the ST 1300A's brakes, a known problem,.......none of this would have occurred.
Meanwhile, my champion, Marly, leads the tour south to Ely, Nevada, handicapped by quite a delay in Haily. As Bob knew she would, bucking terrible winds, she got the group safely there. Tomorrow Marly will take the group to Springdale, Utah, the entrance to Zion National Park, the beginning of the tour of at least 6 national parks.
Now, Bob on the other hand is planning,with Mr. Happy running the GPS, on which way to make one long and epic ride on Wednesday of 700 or more miles, hopefully, to either Escalante, or Mexican Hat, Utah, where he will catch up with the group and rejoin the tour for hopefully an uneventful rest of the tour. He will miss two national parks, Zion and Bryce, but at least he has seen them before.
We all can only hope Mr. Happy makes himself useful, minds his own business and calls upon some divine intervention to have the bike ready as early as possible on Wednesday.