I work nights and am the machining lead at work. I lock the doors and turn off the lights at our plant and am the last to leave. I park my bike in a training room that really no one has access to. I give myself this "perk" due to I don't care to lock up and walk out into bfe after my shift. Last night I was getting onto the KLR. I don't know about you guys but I don't wiggle myself on to my bikes. For as long as I can remember I place my left foot on the left peg, raise my body up and swing my leg high over all rear luggage, etc... I get off the same way, left foot on left peg, raise up, and off the left side. This morning I went to put my foot on the left peg but it gave way and fell off. The bolts had either come loose all the way to just one or two threads in or had been tampered with!
Now I can take a joke as well as anyone BUT this is pretty dangerous IMO. I could not put the bolts back in because due to being on or two threads in had stripped out the bolt because of my weight and had stripped out the mounting point on the frame. Besides that my center stand was also flopping down. Without repair shifting would be difficult at best and the center stand might catch on something, like the freakin chain!!
For quite a while I was extremely pissed but I just could not say for certain that it was sabotage. It certainly appeared to be but???? I know for certain that when I installed the center stand that I used the supplied bolts, which I thought to be too short, and used blue lock tight. I'm a machinists so an issue such as this is a non issue. For anyone else without the tools and no how would be about as bad as a flat tire. If it is sabotage I can do nothing as due to the new parking policy I was a violator. I'm a lead at work and I will probably resign my lead if my "perk" is removed. I won't turn lights out, I won't lock the doors or gate. I won't continue to be the senior technical resource. Maybe that is infantile or adolescent attitude but I just feel I should have some privilege for being the last one out and securing the plant.
So I get some tools. One .295 drill bit, a m8 form tap, tap handle, cordless drill, a bit of oil, and some loctite. I gently drill into the mount holes to make sure the hole is too size and a bit deeper. Done, I use a m8 form tap and actually get another 1/4" more of thread. I find an appropriate length SHCS that just bottoms out. Put a washer on SHCS, loctite, and tighten away. Now the left side is done so I decide to do the same to the right. Bolts are loose! Repeat process on right side. Is there anything else loose? Handle bars? Triple clamp? Who knows??
So was it sabotage? I may never know. I'm not going to say anything at work to see what rumors and possible snickers are out there. If sabotage do I take action or just let it lay out? I am of the attitude that you NEVER touch another mans ride or it would be the same as violating the same mans wife. A death sentence seems most appropriate! LOL JK! I am pissed though.
So in all if it was sabotage it was actually a blessing in disguise. After trying to thread the peg bolts in and seeing again how short they were I was glad to give myself more security and stability with longer, just as sturdy bolts. I really hate to think that one of my coworkers would do this and if so I will have to decide how to approach such a sensitive subject as violating my ride and endangering my safety or life.
'01 KLR 650, '09 Suzuki DL650, '08 Suzuki Bandit 1250, '16 CRF1000L, '09 KLX 250s