When the bike was parked in my garage, I always left the keys in the ignition. After all, if someone were to gain access to my house, there are far more valuable items that would be much easier to take. A few weeks ago, they disappeared under... suspicious circumstances. Of course I didn't have a spare so I loaded it up on the carrier for the back of my truck to go to the locksmith. On the way there, disaster struck.
I hit one of the crater-like potholes here in Colorado Springs and one of the straps broke. I was able to slow down to <5 mph, only to see the bike come crashing down into a parking lot I pulled into.
Most of the damage was cosmetic, but the taillight was smashed, and the shift rod shattered, leaving it in gear. Replacing both items was on my list already, this just pushed up their priority level.
The new shift rod (left) compared to old. I can't believe the JB Weld from the previous owner didn't hold.
The new LED taillight looks great and works even better! Also note the homebuilt license plate holder.