Day 10 – Oh no ………..
Stupid, stupid Robert ……
After all of the talking that we did yesterday, he went and ignored it all ……
In his words :
“OK, here it comes:
I WAS WRONG! MEA CULPA! MEA CULPA! MEA MAXIMA CULPA!!!
You told me not to be cocky!
You told me not to do anything stupid!
And you were right!
And was does stupid Robert do?
I thought the Honda overheard our conversation, because “she” ran very nicely afterwards. Really nice. So nice, that I started to make plans….
I could do the detour and go up to Michigan and bag a big bonus at the Lake Superior. Why being 24 h too early at the finish? The Pan was running so fine and I had so much time left …”
And guess what happened ?
He decided to try it, if the bike did not give any problems until the where he needed to turn north at about 3:30 p.m. As he problems occurred daily always between 2 and 3 p.m. he felt that this was a good decision.
The thing is see, that after 10 days on the road, it’s very difficult to make “good decisions”. That’s why it’s quite useful to speak frequently with people who HAVEN’T been on the road 10 days, who ARE getting plenty of rest, who ARE getting plenty of sleep and who ARE therefore capable of offering GOOD & RATIONAL advice. Now if that person has actually ridden the IBR themselves, then they are definitely capable of giving GOOD, RATIONAL & RELEVANT advice ……
So, everything was apparently going well and at 3.30pm he turned north.
Two hours later, the bike started to misfire badly.
This time filling up didn’t help ….. This time a damp shirt over the tank didn’t help ….. This time even a bag of ice on the tank didn’t help ……
He gave up on the idea of “one last big bonus” and headed west – at 55mph flat out with a badly misfiring bike
He reached the town of Durand and luckily, Quality Inn had a room. The idea was to continue after 3 a.m. after the rest break.
As it was still early, he wanted to check plan B – connecting the aux tank directly and let it feed by gravity. He finally did manage to connect it (leaving a big petrol mess on the car park), but a test ride revealed that the height difference is too small so there is too little pressure. This won’t work …….
He connected the tank and the fuel pump again, rode a short distance and it seemed back to normal simply because it had cooled down for about an hour.
Roberts words again ……
“When you’re riding, you think it’s warm, but not THAT hot. But it is still over 30C. When I touch the motor, you feel how many energy is stored in there. It seems that it’s not the daytime, but the operation hours (8 to 9 hours) that triggers the problems. After that time, the tank (where the pump is located, that’s the problem) is heated up so much that the fuel pressure falls below a critical point.”
So, because of his stupidity, he lost 200kms today and whilst the problem would have still occurred, he would have been 2 hours and 200kms closer to the finish.
He has to be back at 8 a.m. at the finish on Friday. Considering the time difference, he still has more than 29 hours to do the 1100 km, and taking the two penalty hours into accounts, he has actually 31 hours before DNF “ing”.
However, he has wasted the last 17 hours to effectively cover 400kms …….
Oh and he left his “toilet bag” at the last hotel – no great drama, but this just goes to demonstrate how muddled your mind gets after 10 hard riding days
Right, for 10 days I have been nice. For 10 days, I have been supportive. For 10 days, I have said nothing offensive towards (or about) Robert – other than in jest.
That now changes …..
Being “Mr Nice Guy” hasn’t worked. It’s time for some hard cold truths …….
Robert, you spent a lot of money in 2013 for nothing more than a failure. Glorious as it may have been and “dress” it up however you want, you still failed ……
You have spent another huge amount of money in 2017 to enter the rally again and at the moment, there are lots and lots of people willing you to succeed. You appear to be doing your very f*cking best to disappoint them !!!!!
GET TO THE FINISH. IF THE BIKE STARTS TO PLAY UP AFTER 6 HOURS, THEN ONLY RIDE FOR 5 HOURS BEFORE LETTING THE BIKE COOL DOWN.
DO NOTHING THAT PUTS THE BIKE UNDER ANY MORE STRESS THAN IT NEEDS TO BE.
YOU HAVE 29 HOURS TO COVER 1100 KMS. THAT IS AN AVERAGE OF LESS THAN 40KPH. IF YOU GET TO THE FINAL CONTROL WITH 1 MINUTE TO SPARE, IT DOES NOT MATTER. JUST GET THERE ……
Okay, one very last piece of “encouragement”.
You see, at the moment, there’s this fat, balding, middle-aged, accountant from the UK who’s typing these reports. He’s already ridden the rally and he’s already got his 3-digit number and at the moment he’s laughing at the stupidity of this German guy he knows.
He’s laughing not because he wants this German guy to fail but because this German guy is riding a Honda and this German guy rode a Honda last time too – and he failed then as well ……
This accountant fella, thinks that Hondas are shite and to prove it, when he rode the rally in 2011 he rode his 50 year old Triumph to a finish ……
Robert – please, please, please, wipe the grin of this guys face and get to the finish ……..