Where's the clutch gone?
Trip Start Jun 27, 2005
222Trip End Sep 01, 2006
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About 200kms away from Hanoi, we had the unfortunate misfortune of the clutch going, technical term, bloody hell! Luckily I could still change up and down gear so long as I matched the speed of the gear with the engine
After 11hrs of constant driving we arrived where we had started, tired, wet and both with very black faces from the dusty road behind us. A confident Wayne tackled the clutch problem with ease. As we approached a red light the bike would slow and finally stall on Q. Wayne would then quickly turn off the ignition, slip the gear back into neutral and then turn the ignition back on ready for the green light. On amber Wayne forced the bike to roll forward and coast whilst he jump started the engine back into life, maintain adequate revs and continue through the back streets looking for a landmark we recognized to give us a bearing we could get back from.
We finally made it back we collected our bags from storage and found somewhere to stay, amusing all around us who starred and laughed at our black faces and panda eyes where our glasses had been.
This was a great trip and I am so glad we just went ahead and did it. Its moments like this that makes you feel alive and that you can tackle anything with enough confidence and common sense!