After my shock absorber snapped for the 2nd time on my South American motorcycle tour, my girlfriend and I were stranded on Ruta 7 in Chile
. This is in an isolated region with no hope of getting a repair done.
Failing to find a way to lash the mono shock back together, I decided to create a hard tail using a tyre iron wedged up into the spring of the shock and resting on a plate on the swinging arm.
The problem with that was the Caratera Austral is not paved. It's loose stone, gravel, volcanic ash, and badly corrugated. The back end was hopping and skipping all over the place. For the worst parts
the GF got off and walked.
We then hit an asphalted section and I got gready cruising along at 120km (70mph). We hit a bump and tyre iron punctured through the swing arm casing. That was the end of that.
Eventually a truck passed with a rally driving French girl at the wheel
, who gave us and the bike a ride to Chaiten.
The plan was to get a ferry
to Puerto Montt. The problem was I'd have to ride the bike on and off the ferry
and then to my accommodation at the other side. The solution was to craft a mount for the end of the mono shock out of a hard wood and tie it to the swing arm using lock wire.
Unfortunately no pics of the bodged repairs