Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Kingdom for a Bolt

Went to Home Depot, Rona, Cdn Tire, 2 Marine stores, 3 bike shops (including my BMW dealer), Brafasco, and Fastenal. Talked to two friends in BC and one in Florida - for a stainless steel socket head cap screw, M8-1.25 x 70 or 75 mm. No luck!

Then, I went to the Fastenal web site. I had visited the store and saw nothing in the bins. Did not talk to the clerk. EBay had some for $6 + $17 shipping - and wait 10 days too! But, by phoning the local store and giving them a SKU from the web site, I got a special order. Will get them next Monday. One 70mm and one 75mm.


This bolt will go through a RAM B-367U ball, the left bar casting, the 20mm Touratech bar riser, and into the triple tree. The ball allows mounting of my Zumo 550 GPS.

Yea! Success!


  1. Sounds like an aweful amount of work for a bolt. $17 bucks for shipping where the heck is it coming from? Good grief!

    How are you feeling?

    1. Saw the surgeon yesterday. He looked at the new x-ray and asked how I was feeling. I told him in detail. He said that the x-ray confirmed I was telling the truth - I am basically ok, just recovering from the surgery.

      Stay active, he said.

      And, there will be inevitable scar tissue. So the lung will never be 100%, but close to it.

      Thanks for asking.

  2. Dar

    We get hosed for shipping charges to Canada. I need to buy a new seat for my R1200R. I wanted the regular one so I found one on eBay for a BMW dealer in Atlanta, GA. They wanted $70. used but not used, off a new bike the customer didn't want. But they wanted $260. shipping to Canada, or $150. to ship to Bellingham.

    I also sent a $2. item to Toronto. It was too thick for the envelope so Canada Post charged me $18.60 for shipping by parcel rate, and that was the cheapest way to send a $2. item.


    I could have found one locally and hand delivered it to you this summer. If you don't get the BOLT, then just send me your Zumo 550. I had an M8 bolt in my hands yesterday but it was Hex head

    Riding the Wet Coast

    1. Bob, I thank you for the offer of the bolt. I really need to get riding practice before I ride to where ever we meet up.

      And, I love my Zumo 550, so I must decline your offer to take it off my hands. (LOL)