..... well it was almost a disaster!!
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has shared this experience please - I suspect I have a minor battle ahead and any support I can get would be appreciated.
I went to Oulton Park yesterday to watch the BSB event. Prior to leaving I contemplated fitting my Top Box and taking some very expensive photography equipment with me. Fortunately, I decided not to and to just go and enjoy the racing.
I was about half an hour into my journey when I felt something touch my backside! I was sure I'd started the journey without a pillion so I reached behind me to try to establish what it was. Before I got to touch anything though I heard a crash behind me. I checked my mirror quickly and saw a black thing bouncing along the road. I pulled over immediately to find that the plate used to hold the Top Box was missing and, as I ran back along the road, I recognised said part lying there and looking pretty second hand! Thankfully I was on a deserted A466 between Chepstow and Monmouth (it was 7am!) so nobody got injured and there was no damage to another vehicle. I dread to think what state my Top Box and it's contents would have been in had they been involved in a 70mph tumble down the road!!
It seems that the nuts just worked themselves loose and fell off! The bike is only a few months old with less than 700 miles on the clock and it's just come back from it's first service. The dealer fitted the rack as part of the Highlander package but it looks like they're going to try and get a new one from Honda under warranty. When Honda tell them it was the fitting that was at fault then we'll see what the dealer will do!! The service receptionist did try to suggest that I should be checking all nuts and bolts before a long journey - bless her!!
Anyway, if any of you guys have had your nuts fall off it would be good to hear from you.