Roadside Tips and Tricks for getting you Home

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Locke, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Locke

    Locke Member

    What Tricks have you used to get your wounded bike home? Anyone been broke down on the side of the road and come up with a way to temporarily repair or rig your ride so you could limp home?

    Reading ZZroadking's problem with his clutch (lever, cable) started me thinking about how I would react and what I would do.

    Years ago a broke throttle cable was rigged by tying a bandanna to the end of the cable, I rappped the bandanna around my palm, and used my thumb to move the throttle. (much like a 4wheeler throttle) Very crude but was able to make it home.

    So what tricks, mods have you used or seen used that may help one of us one day?
  2. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    A couple of years ago when away on a trip with wife both of us on sportsters as we came to the end of the motorway at dunblane i heard a funny rattling jingling sort of sound from the bike so i pulled over in a layby to investigate
    i found that the rear rubber mounts for the aftermarket tank had gone missing and that the sound i heard was the rod that went through the frame to which the rubber mounts had been attatched so rear of tank was sitting on the frame
    i found some tyre debris in the central reservation of the road and cut it up to wrap round the frame to support the tank i held it in place by my wifes scarf
    it lasted well for the rest of the trip and now i always carry zip ties

  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Zip ties, when my kicker spring on my 60 FL broke LOL:s
  4. marcus22

    marcus22 Junior Member

    had an old honda that the cluch cable broke. i just shifted it with out it on the way home.

    my harley had the rectifier go out and I shut off everything I could that was electrical and I ended up coasting to my driveway. :D
  5. Mattman4403

    Mattman4403 Junior Member

    Shift linkage broke (factory ball and barrel joint). Put together with two zip ties and made it home.