I took my 2 week old FZ6 up to North Van from Richmond and back today. On the way back to Richmond, I had just gone over Knight Street Bridge and touched the front brake to slow myself down to go into the bend onto the 91A connector into Richmond. I felt a slight "donk" in the front of the bike when the brakes bit, but I didn't think too much of it. I booted the bike along the right lane on the connector into the left bend onto 99 South, and had to touch the front brake again just before merging....and again there was a slight "donk" noie from the front end of the bike. Now...I'm a BC Certified Automotive Technician, so you don't have to hit me with a 2x4 to make me realize that something's not quite right. The bike wasn't acting strangely, everything was working as it should, so I decided to keep on going, but to not use the front brake again until I got my bike home. (I initially thought it might be some slight play in the fork crown bearings..this was common on bikes I used to ride)
When I stopped and parked up, I had a quick look at the front forks and brakes, and was horrified to find that the top bolt on the left brake caliper was gone, and the bottom bolt was just about completely out, hanging on by a couple of threads.
I'll install a new bolt myself, and retorque every bolt on the bike as well.
I'm not going to dwell on what could have happened....but the moral of this story is clear.
DO A WALK-AROUND INSPECTION OF YOUR BIKE EVERY TIME BEFORE GOING FOR A RIDE!
It may just save your life.
(And yes....Yamaha is going to hear about it)