A spontaneous trip may not go unpunished

Today while at work, I decided to take a trip up to Duluth. As soon as I got home, I packed up the bike. I’d be traveling lighter if I wasn’t planning on doing some work, too.

Honda night hawk packing for a trip

Packing the Nighthawk up for my trip was easy

Tightening the chain the Nighthawk

Tightening the chain tensioners

The bolt on the shock was loose on my 91 Honda nighthawk

The bolt on the shock was loose.

I did a quick pre trip check and decided to tighten up the chain tensioner, since I haven’t done that yet on the bike.

I then went to REI, got a lighter tent better suited for my needs, came out and noticed something strange.

The shock bolt wasn’t supposed look like that. It was sticking out by about a half inch. I have a strange history with shocks that has apparently followed me to this bike. The irony of that was not lost on me. I tightened it down as much as possible with a box end wrench and got on my way, touching the bolt during the trip while I was on the road, to make sure it didn’t go anywhere.

Despite the surprising issue with the shock, it wasn’t much of a setback and I was able to keep the trip going, unlike some of the trips I attempted on the Honda Rebel (though many more of those trips went without problems than many people know).


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