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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by coppertop, Oct 30, 2008.
That reminds me... If you're working in a battered old shed, removing the forks from your first street bike....be sure the shed is up to the task of suspending the bike from it's rafters if that is the method you choose to use.
Nothing is more sickening that sitting on the deck, taking a break and watching what I can only describe as the shed "deflating" like a balloon.
Not at the new place??!!
Years ago when I lived with my parents. It was their shed. I was 18 and had my 88 Ninja ZX600R hanging from the rafters. Luckily, the shed didn't come crashing down. It just sort of slowly lowered the bike to the ground. It was pretty funny actually.
<HR class=hrcolor width="100%" SIZE=1> All credits to Beemerman on another forum.....
Well after much procrastination and My knees finally saying here and no more, I took the punge on Friday and rushed off to the lift supplier Craftsman tools in Wadeville, paid over the second bond to.. a very nice helpful Ian, and proceeded at breakneck speed back to Bling central to assemble the aforesaid purchase.
After having tossed the instructions to one side with haughty Ha! how complicated can this be after all, we are talikng about the King Of Bling and other such related mechanical things here!!
After a lot of Gosh!! tut tut like adjectives, the thing was ready, jumping on the Bling Machine I soon realized that riding a 200kg beast up a very narrow little ramp and deck was probably not such a bright idea, after a moment of pondering with a rude whiskey in hand, it was decided that pushing it on with the motor running and in gear was a good idea after fighting with the clamping wheel thingy, it also dawned on methat holding a 200kg beast with just the wheel clamp was
just downright stupid, what now?? Ah! after realizing tie downs were required I lept into action I have enough to make team Yamaha green with envy, secured the rear of the Beast. Then let for the compressor switch to whatch My Baby being lifted to what should be called a gentlemans working height, after hearing the satifying hiss of compressed air being released and the small pump making its required pumping noises, I became a little concerned with lack of a good gentlemans working height being rfeached and destinct un pump like sounds coming from the Hydraulic jack.
A few more tut tut like adjectives haveing been vented about cheap supplier's and there products, I took a closer look, and YES!! you guessed it I tied the whole bike up to the main frame and the poor distressed little pump tried its utmost to raise the deck against an imovable object, result two completely bent lifting arms.
When I released the tie downs and the groans had settled down from the Hydraulics onl the fron section of the ramp had lowered itself, now on My own I had to pull the Bling machine up the slope and then down the ramp, well how difficult can that be?
Well when the back wheel slips off the ramp a 200kg's of dead weight starts to fall, you become very thankfull that the back of the garge wall was only inches away, and the cushion that encompasses My waist was a wonderfull absorption agent for the asaid formentioned 200kg, now trapped with the bike half on me and on the ramp, the question then gets asked and what now.
I have no strapping sonstocome to the rescue, managing to get the cell phone out of My pocket a quick call to Thandi in the Kitchen quick come now to the garage, we managed to extricate Myself out of the spot and got the Bike back onto solid ground.
I will not describe the roaring gales of laughter from the supplier and then a friend of mine who has the same ramp.
Result one brand new never used bike ramp is now back at the supplier and the engineering shop to get straightened and repaired.
I promise to post a pic once its back and in place , I now going to retire to a nice dark spot, and hug a very rude whiskey
Reading nitsuj dealings with the snowmobile reminds me of this.Friend of mine had a guy bring him an air boat-you know big prop and all- so they back the two wheel trailer into the shop.Tom quickly removes and rebuilds the carb and reinstalls.Reaches up and starts the engine not realizing owner had messed with the throttle cable when trying to fix it.Engine roars to life and airboat and trailer leave the shop and go shooting across the yard.Did not get far before it quit so no damage was done. Ed
remember to take the "safety rags" out of the carb throats on your V4 engine before re-assembling velocity stacks and airbox, fuel tank, and fairings, only to scratch your head for a few seconds wondering why it only ran for 5 seconds and died.
especially if you rely on the first sputter to remind you to fill up at next stop.
that smell... of burning fuel, combined with extra heat, even though it's the same side as the header.... COULD BE... just could be.... a fuel line come loose spilling gas all over your pants and header, and MAYBE, it flashed and it's now burning the right side of your bike.
just saying. self.
Been there more than once
Don't let the toddler in the garage unattended, lest he "stashes" things down the exhaust canister (legos, marbles, sticks, rocks...).
Before shakedown ride, tighten front caliper bolts to spec.
Well - atleast now I know what it feels like to have the lever go to the bars without stopping...
(in my next installment, I'll talk about why those tiny little seemingly unimportant metal clips on your brakes are, in fact, very important.)
Remove the can of paste wax from atop the air cleaner BEFORE trying to slam the hood shut.
(Dang. Why isn't the hood latching? Never had this problem before...again, and again, and again...each attempt spawning another "outie" dimple on the hood)
Torque the front DRUM BRAKE tie bar before test riding, or you may also be missing a large chunk of kneecap!!
When turning some long stick of metal tubing around inside the garage, remember that fluourescent lights are hanging from the ceiling. When you hear a crash and it gets dim, don't look up.
Be very careful when tightening spark plugs with anti-seize on the threads! Or any other fastener. Especially into aluminum.
Disconnect senstive electronics when welding on the motorcycle.
Don't hold the high-pressure washer at the car wash too close to the vehicle, like when trying to remove a particular piece of snarge.
When the time runs out, the "recoil" terminates abruptly, and the pointy end of the nozzle gets driven into the paint.
Do not leave for a ADV ride without about 3 foot of tie wire in the tool kit.
It comes in handy for those little emergencies 25 miles or more from help.
Like when the muffler bracket broke last weekend and nearly lost the tail pipe and muffler. :huh
If not for someone leaving some wire tied to nails in the trees at an old camping spot, I'd been in a pickle.
If you must weld in shorts, ensure some form of undergarments are worn or you will be walking like a boundary rider for several days. Gonads are very susceptible to ray burns. You will get no sympathy from your friends or girlfriend.:huh :eek1
When towing a one car with another from the driveway to the verge using a piece of rope, wait for your wife to finish breastfeeding to help steer the second car, do not attempt to do it yourself. The second car will have a mind of it's own and head where it wants to go, not where you want it to. When your wife calls you an impatient fool - agree - and then ask her to steer it back from the lampost that it has wrapped itself around after it goes dark. She will be happy to help??