What everyone needs!! (A re-publish)

This is one of those stories that you need to read, especially at the beginning of the season…….                                                                                                                                    We all ponder the question, “What If?”. What if you’re out and about and the bike breaks down? My two favorite friends have always been the AAA card and my cell phone. But there are times when the darn cell phone and the darn cell towers are not working together to make your life easier…..ya know what I mean?

That was the case one day when a group of us were traveling through Arizona and Nevada. We had just left a little town called Oatman, in the Arizona desert, out in the middle of no where and decided to gas up since we weren’t sure where the next stop would be. We stopped at the local station and took time to find the bathrooms, get a drink, smokes for those who needed them, aspirin for my dear sisters rear-end (we had traveled long and hard), and gas. With all that under our belts, we were on our way. Not ten minutes out of town, the one bike…..and also the novice riders bike….began to smoke, a lot. This poor guy was hysterical. It was a brand new bike, as in first time out. We all pulled over and tried to console him while determining what was wrong and how to fix it. One of the guys remembered that the novice had gone on the other side of the station island and that he had filled the tank with diesel fuel. Not the best thing but not the worst either. But we were in the middle of nothing with no cars on the road and nothing in sight. It was starting to get late and dark. And, of course, no cell phone service!

Let me explain one difference between the seasoned rider and the novice. The novice has no tools….none! The seasoned rider has all the tools you could need, and none you don’t need, all in a little condensed pack and ready to go. In that little treasure chest was a few feet of plastic tubing that was perfect for allowing the novice to suck the diesel fuel out of his tank that didn’t spill out when we tipped the bike. Oh, yeah. We sure weren’t doing it for him!!! A travel cup provided enough gas….once retrieved….to get the novice back to the gas station and full of the proper fuel to get him on his way. The only ill effects was the smoke that resulted from what little diesel was still in the tank and motor. All was well with the world and the novice with the brand new bike, both now slightly seasoned from the road and the mishap. He went home and put together the sweetest little tool kit, complete with plastic tubing, that you have ever seen. Smart novice!!

Now, we know that the “what ifs” can happen at any time and to any one. The tool kits are worth their weight in gold but my favorites are still the cell phone and the AAA card. I like the comfort of having them all at my disposal. How about you??

Let me know whats in your tool kit and why. We have all learned by mishap and experience what works. Maybe its time to put together a list of things that are tried and true and definitely necessary for the occasional “what if”.

Viva la tools……………………Lady Godiva on wheels


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