I could feel some hesitation when approaching steep hills and was having a more difficult time than normal surmounting steep sections from a stop. Knowing something was amiss in the transmission case, I just waited for things to get worse...and worse they became. Somewhere in southern NH, the bike finally wouldn't engage from a stop. It was quickly clear that the variator plate wasn't closing completely due to the roller weight having disintegrated and jammed inside the variator itself. There was some damage but the variator was usable and should get me back to VA. I didn't even think twice about the issue or the fix, just another common mechanical speed bump in the journey of my lifetime.
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 55'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.