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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted May 29, 2013 - 09:04 PM

On Saturday, I picked up my new toy.

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First thing Monday morning, I finally got around to

rolling it off the trailer, and firing it up for my maiden voyage.

Once I checked things over, and she fired right up, I climbed up on her

and took a look at the trail ahead of me. "No problem" I thought. I knew the brakes

worked. P1010176.JPG

 

 

With the throttle set slightly above half, (more like 3/4) I put it in gear, and let out

the clutch. OH Boy......

This is where I 1st, screwed up. I didn't know the tranny shift pattern, and I just

so happened to pick 3rd gear. Oh Boy.... I think the specs say 6 mph.

Within half a second, I knew this was going to be a memorable experience, OH Boy....

I was heading down hill, in a "S" bend...

Before I could recall how low my IQ was, I was sweating bullets....

My first thought, was push in the clutch, but then it occurred to me, that I'd only

pick up speed, as I was already going downhill. (damn you newton) So I didn't.

While trying to think about how to stop my ride, I was also learning how to tiller steer.

This is where the learning curve kicked in. 174-2.jpg

I was only about 5 seconds into the ride.

 

Next thought I had, (besides how I love my wife) was to give it some brakes.

Well, this was my 2nd screw up. I knew the seat was about 6" too far forward, and

that getting my feet up onto the brake pedals, would be like a fat man doing aerobics.

I knew this back before I tried to check my IQ.

The human body instinctively tries to brace itself against something, when it tries to

do things, that only an Olympic gymnast should attempt. Guess what. There's no

fender there under the left elbow to lean against. I remember briefly looking at the tire

showing me it's teeth, as I pulled myself back upright, using my right hand, which was

firmly giving the steering tiller a death grip. Well, that changed

my trajectory..... Oh Boy.... back to the learning curve.

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Now I was in a speed wobble, and I couldn't get my feet on the brakes.

Time to focus on the steering job at hand, I thought.

Thank god I had that thought, because, no

sooner than I could scream out my IQ.......FOUR..., I was into the ruts from last

weeks heavy rains. I held on to that tiller, and got myself straightened out, just

as I made it to the bottom of the hill. Suddenly, my IQ kicked in, and I reached

down for the throttle, and set her back to Idle. Whew.........

 

After that, it was a lot more fun. I found first gear, and enjoyed the rest of the ride.

What would I do differently next time?

I'd unload it, facing in the other direction. There's about an acre of flat land there

I could've practised on. Duh......


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Posted May 29, 2013 - 09:10 PM

I am glad i read this tonight instead of reading with my coffee in the morning.Glad you got it figured out in time that the only thing that is upset are your underwear


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Posted May 29, 2013 - 09:10 PM

OMG Will, please tell me that your wife was running the video camera when this happened and you are uploading it now. I about fell off the chair after reading that You or the Gibson wasn't hurt in any way. I bet your heart rate went off the scale when you let the clutch out.

 

Glad your OK !!


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Posted May 29, 2013 - 11:29 PM

Laughing to hard to respond. All I can do is this → :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl:


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 01:25 AM

:bigrofl: :bigrofl:

Glad the IQ finally kicked in and you got it slowed down.


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 05:40 AM

Glad you are ok.

Glad the Gibson is ok.

As Larry the cable guy would say.  " Now that there is funny!!! "   :rolling:

 

Amazing how quickly the IQ can fluctuate.  On occasion the wife lets me know what level mine is at.

 

Hope you learn fast and enjoy a lot.  :thumbs:     Rick


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 05:56 AM

Thanks for sharing the first ride.  Nice looking Gibson.


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 06:09 AM

The other thing I figure out after a while, is that if you bring the lift handle (on the left side, behind you)

forward, after you get in the seat, it gives you something to hold on to. Also gives you a sense of

security. (false)


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 06:48 AM

Eyes watering, can't see to type.
As a moderator, thanks for subbing "OH Boy" in for what you really said...

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This is where I 1st, screwed up. I didn't know the tranny shift pattern

Maybe you need a post-it-note...
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Posted May 30, 2013 - 07:10 AM

Eyes watering, can't see to type.
As a moderator, thanks for subbing "OH Boy" in for what you really said...

. Maybe you need a post-it-note...

 

About the "Oh Boy...."

I think I saw a Chipmunk, out of the corner of my eye, and he had his paws over his ears..

 

 

I don't think I'll need a post-it-note....That pattern is burnt into my brain now. :rolling:


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 07:24 AM

awsome story! when i was about 12 my dad borrowed a gibson to do some grading on our driveway. when it came my turn i had almost the exact same experience. glad to hear it worked out to be good ride and happy ending. nice tractor. i know you are really going to enjoy it. tiller steering is hard to get used to at first. thanks. roger.


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 03:54 PM

Very funny story...Glad you and the tractor are OK.

 

I bet now you say, "Note to self".........


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