Rear axel nut and tail fell off while riding


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  • #28597
    AvatarPA Chuck
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    I was slowing through a curve and heard a clunk. All of a sudden the tail light and license plate assembly hits me in the leg. I managed to stop smoothly without the wheel falling off. And I somehow found the rear axel nut up the hill about 25 yards away.  Anyone else have this happen? Only 1000 miles on the bike. I had the bike serviced by the dealer about 400 miles ago. Everything is original. It baffles me how the axel nut would just fall off.
    Fortunately I was able to get it put back together with my toolkit. Is there supposed to be a lock washer or something to keep pressure on the axel nut?

    #28753
    DuctTapeDuctTape
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    Wow! Do you know if the dealer adjusted the chain during the first service? In any case, it looks like they dropped the ball, someone must’ve forgotten to torque it appropriately.

    #28889
    AvatarPA Chuck
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    Duct Tape, damn right. Dealer dropped the ball

    #28893
    VanessaVanessa
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    I am very wary of riding my bike after it’s been to the dealer. When I collected my bike from new, first ride taking it home from the dealer, a distance of over 50 miles, when I got home, the rear reflector had dropped off, and the chain was so slack you could put a tool between it and the rear sprocket and simply prise it off the sprocket with ease. I was a bit shocked, but glad it hadn’t come off while I was riding home. Needless to say, I set the chain tension myself immediately, and went over the whole bike with a fine tooth comb before riding it again.

    #29027
    AvatarPA Chuck
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    Dealer is going to replace the entire swing arm assembly for free. They were very apologetic. But now I am getting wary of the swing arm. I think I’ll install a tail tidy when I get it back.

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