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Bloody hell.
I was going to take the bags off as I was just tooling around but no I left them on after a ride to the Natchez Trace, unloaded the bike that night.
Next day I did not check the handle was locked on the bag.
Sure enough after hearing a bump bang etc. just like a little movie in the mirror, there is the bag endoing down the road!
In other words check the handle by giving it a yank to make sure it is locked down on the bag before every ride or it will definately fly off at some stage!!!!!!
AND I KNEW THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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by the way, there's a little red indicator on the locking mechanism you're supposed to see if it's locked properly-duh?! Now watch, I'll be riding down the road during the next few days and my bag will probably pass me. It's like the ole thing you read where the guy forgets to put the kick stand down and suddenly there's a big bang. Don't ask me how I know- I just know :oops: :oops: You say to yourself- man, how stupid can a person be and then you're stupid.
 

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We rode to Vicksburg and stayed at hotel casino. Hit the Trace and rode up to Tunica stayed at hotel casino so we did not do all the Trace. Nice road, great scenery. Then back to TX through AR and OK including Talimena Parkway. Great roads sweepers and hairpins.
Regards Bonehead
 

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Regarding the red tab. Sometimes the bag is full and needs a lift from the bottom and a shove. The tab can disappear as the bag lock can cover the red handle tab as it stands a little proud and the dam thing is still not locked.
Pull the bugger to make sure!!
I believe they have changed the locking mechanism on the 06 to cover boneheads like me.
I have ordered an AE so now you know I am a real bonehead according to 90% of the correspondents to this forum!
 

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Well look at it this way. Tripletango

You can be the GinneyPig for the AE model, and can answer all the
questions that we have about the new transmission. etc, etc.

So it's a Win, Win situation!!!!..................................For US !! :D :D
 

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I pinned mine for this very reason. While I've never had a problem with them not latching, the cost of replacing them, as well as puttin the kibosh on on any snatch and grabs (however unlikely that may be) made it a no brainer for a no brainer like me. :wink:
 

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Naw, your not a bone head. Just Human like the rest of us. :mrgreen:
 

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The AE is scheduled for May. I will let you guys know.
One thing I like over a cvt which I have on a burgman 650 is that you have a neutral instead of a disengagement. (BTW the burgy can be shifted manually like the AE.)
A cvt clutch is controlled by the throttle with no positive neutral if you know what I mean. (Yeah OK it has a neutral for the purists---flame bait arrg!)
The Electronic gearbox seems to be the best of both worlds.
I did 700 miles yesterday from Dallas to Las Cruces and the joint thumb on my clutch hand is sore - so there are other advantages for me!
 

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Hey black mamba and tripletango, I live just a few miles from the Natchez Trace. Back when I had my vstar 1100 I use to love riding the trace, it was the perfect bike for that kind of ride. To tell you both the truth, I find it difficult to travel at 50 mph on my feejer. The ride however is very serene, traffic is very light, no commercial trucks, etc. The temptation to "open it up" is omnipresent, just you and the open unimpeded asphault. But beware, there are many trees that hide many rangers, believe me they are masters of disguise. ALWAYS remember it is Federal jurisdiction, speeding tickets are high to say the least. I have never gotten a ticket, then again I try to remain concious of my speed and never above 55 mph. Deer are VERY plentiful especially early morning, night and dusk hours. Make sure you plan plenty of time because it will seem like an eternity to get from here to there on the trace. Lots of bikes, mostly cruisers, everyone should ride it at least once, I have only done it from Natchez to Nashville once. If you get a chance, try to stop by Port Gipson, a real neat little town along the trace. Some civil war history there--it's where Grant's army got off there boats from the MS river and began there march north to the siege of Vicksburg. If you go there get directions to the ruins of Windsor [sic.?]. It is worth the x-tra time. Vicksburg has a great civil war park, if you are into those things. Vicksburg is not exactly on the trace, you will have to exit onto I20W and its about a 30 min. ride, they have casino's there and some hotels, it's a nice escape. Best time to tour Natchez area is in the spring around March/April, they have a pilgramage, and the azaleas are in full bloom, tour some antebelum homes, again, if your into those kind of things. Shoot me an e-mail if you ever decide to make the trip, I will meet you and say hi! Later, Bruce
 

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Hey Richard,
Rick from OKC, we were wondering if you ever made it to San Fran from Durango and back...sounds like you've been racking up some serious miles! How many have you got on there now? Any problems on the road?
 

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Hi Rick,
Good to hear from you again!
After you guys left. Spent morning in Durango in hospital on antibiotic drip for spider bite then off to San Francisco spending 5 days in Utah and Nevada.
Actually I am back in San Francisco again !! Boring ride along 10 from Dallas then 5 to SFO.
Bike has 12,000 miles on it now.
Richard
 

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Looked pretty impressive for a while but after a couple of months finally cleared up. I am guessing it was a brown recluse but really don't know!
About all you can do is get on antibiotics to prevent secondary infections, not much you can do about the area affected by the enzymes from the bite!!!
 
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