> Brandon Weiss (Detective brandon to you) Wrote:
> I was heading to the local airfield to do some top speed runs/tuning on
> my maxi. There's a long stretch of 40mph road called Flatbush Avenue
> that goes a for a few miles before you get there. I was going along at a
> solid 40 keeping up with traffic, when something suddenly feels VERY
> wrong.....my handling goes to sh!t, my steering is all over the
> place....and then, the rear starts coming out from behind me,
> essentially like i was doing a super long and continuous
> powerslide/drift. What is happening to the truck in this video is
> exactly what was happening to me:
> Anyway, i pull over quickly, and notice that both my axle nuts were
> about to fall off, they had almost completely unthreaded. So, my rear
> wheel was free to move left and right, like rear wheel steering.
> LUCKILY, the maxi swingarm holds the axle captive with the closed end
> that has an opening only underneath for the axle to escape. If it was an
> open ended axle like the new model tomos for example, and my chains were
> loose enough, the rear wheel could have just fallen right off.
> There's nothing quite as scary as having your moped go "wet noodle" and
> inexplicably start turning into the car to your left at 40mph.
> The worst part was having to call my buddies who were there already to
> come rescue me, somebody thankfully had an adjustable wrench just large
> enough for the axle nuts.
> Now, all of my axles get loctite.
That was a great fail story. I'm glad you didn't die that shit could have been crazy bad. I had my moped ride all leaned out like that on a group ride once. I looked down at a stop and could figure out what had happened until I started riding again. I was on my hobbit and my subframe cracked almost all the way in half on the variator side. The only thing holding my subframe together was the belt drive. I road half a mile creeping along with the homies tailing me to keep cars off my ass because I was riding so slow.