Diary - Fire

I had bought some cheap saddlebags from Louis for ~90DM. But they did'nt survice the first long trip. We were about half ways between Århus and Viborg, when I saw an orange glow in the mirror.

Yes the right saddlebag was on fire and when we stopped the flames was level with the top of the luggage box. I almost pushed my girlfriend of the scooter (she had'nt noticed what was going on) and I teared the luggage off and stamped out the fire. The right blinker was also on fire and I put it out with my gloved hand.

I was lucky. The only damage to the scooter was the right blinker which burned with the saddlebag (incl. my girlsfriends clothes - my own stuff was in the other side :-). Before we took off I had checked that there was at least 5cm between the bag and the exhaust but it must have moved ...

I don't have pictures of the fire itself. I had other priorities than taking pictures...

Here is first two pictures of the burned blinker. About 1/3 of it is just gone up in the flames. I managed to get it working for the ride home. The bulb did not survive the heat. But I just put in a new bulb and kept it in place with silicone. I ordered a new blinker the following monday, but the first one they got hold off had to short a wiring, so I rode with the burned one for almost 14 days (And the bulb stayed in the silicone and was working the whole time...).

The left of the pictures below, shows the burned clothing, while the right one shows the bag losely placed on the scooter.

But Jette went shopping, and we got dressed for her cousins confirmation ...

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