On Friday, the goldwing motorcycle came to an end with a bang.
The motorcycle broke down and a fire broke out.
The Yamaha FZ-09, one of the hottest bikes of the past couple of years, had just broken the world record for the longest-running motorcycle on the planet.
It was going to take a lot for a motorcycle to break the world’s record for being the longest, and that’s exactly what happened.
“It was one of those things that was kind of like, ‘OK, we’ve got to do something, we can’t do this forever,'” Paul Hoch, president of the Yamaha Foundation, told The Huffington Post.
Hoch, who runs the foundation, has worked with Yamaha since 2009.
He was the president of Yamaha Motorsports from 2014 to 2018, and then was the chief executive officer from 2017 to 2018.
“I was very excited to see what they had up their sleeve, and they have a really good engine and they’re really good at making them, so it was really exciting,” he said.
“It was something that I was very impressed with.
The bike was going really well and then the fire started.
So I was really surprised that it had taken that long to get it out of the garage and get it in the truck and out the house.”
The fire happened around 6:30 p.m. on Friday in a wooded area of south Fresno.
The fire was reported as an engine failure.
A search for the motorcycle took about an hour, with firefighters coming up empty handed.
“This is a fire that is still active, there’s no water, there are no roads, no power lines,” Fresno Fire Chief Joe McAlister told local NBC affiliate KCBS.
“We’ve got crews on the ground to get to the fire.”
The motorcycle was sent to a local garage where Hoch said he and a team of people spent a few days working on it.
“We started with the suspension and the chassis, the chassis was the main thing, so that’s where we spent the most time,” Hoch explained.
“The frame and the seat were just the hardest thing to do.”
Hoch said that they also had to deal with some other pieces that were damaged in the fire, including the front end.
“I think we probably lost about two-thirds of the front suspension, and the engine was really hard to get back into,” he explained.
Hoch and his team had to fix the rear suspension, which was damaged in a fire in April.
“When we put it together, it was like, okay, this is what we’ve built and we need to do a little bit more,” he told The Washington Post.
“So it was a little complicated and very, very time consuming.”
Hich said that the team’s goal was to get the bike back in the hands of its owners.
It was not a big deal to have a fire break out on a motorcycle, but it was very difficult to get someone to get out of there and go back to the garage,” Hock said.”
It’s very, I don’t know, tragic.
It’s not something that you want to see happen.
It is tragic and sad, but you have to deal in that.
“Hock said that it was difficult to know how long the bike would be able to be in the garage.”
Hoch described the motorcycle as a little like a mini-car. “
There’s a lot of unknowns and we don’t really know how much longer we’re going to be able [to maintain the bike].”
Hoch described the motorcycle as a little like a mini-car.
“What it was was a bike that had a lot more power, a lot less weight,” he joked.
“But it was also very small and very lightweight.”
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