Note to self:

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by coppertop, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Pockethead

    Pockethead Been here awhile

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    exhausts heat up quickly!
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  2. LostRider

    LostRider Motorcycle Addict

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    Turn fuel petcok ON before driving off, or it will die right in the middle of a turn.:yikes
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  3. VonHelm

    VonHelm soggy doggy

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  4. JAB

    JAB Unsprung Weight

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    Remove helmet before spitting out the hot water from the first pull from your Camelback.
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  5. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Reconnect oil pressure sensor line (disconnect was necessary to remove oil filter) before putting fairing lowers back on.
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  6. Farmer1949

    Farmer1949 Out standing in his field

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    Where earplugs when laying on your side doing overhead welding on farm machinery:eek1 .......Hot welding slag inside ear canal is not pleasant:cry ......and yes I was wearing a welding helmet.....
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  7. p_s

    p_s Nerdly Adventurer

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    And put the fill plug in afterwards. :kboom
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  8. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    Yeah, but earwax makes such a comforting sizzle DAMHIK:rofl
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  9. Boston12GS

    Boston12GS Banned

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    Around 15 years of age, I made this mistake while doing an oil change on a Kenworth cab-over.

    Did you know those things take 45 quarts of oil?

    Do you have any idea how large a circle 45 quarts of oil can make on a concrete shop floor? (Neither do I, I very fortunately first saw the rapidly expanding circle at a much smaller diameter--probably 10 quarts' worth. :eek1 )

    Man, did I go through a lot of kitty litter that night. :lol3

    One of those experiences that assures you that you'll never make THAT particular mistake again.
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  10. GSMark

    GSMark Just Love Bikes

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    When reinstalling the clean air filter on a dirtbike, remove the rag that you shoved into the air boot to keep dirt out.
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  11. Cordless

    Cordless Two Wheel Addict

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    Connect BOTH ends of a clutch cable if you expect it to work.

    Same advice on a throttle cable (on the same bike) if you expect an increase in revs.
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  12. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    It's like a motorcycle jokebook of one-liners. :rofl

    Keep it coming.

    :lurk
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  13. AUS CRUZER

    AUS CRUZER Lets Cruz

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    After filling fuel tank remember to turn fuel tap from RES to ON.:cry
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  14. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    Close the zippers. Doesnt matter which zipper. Some of my favs:
    -Close the zipper on the tankbag before flipping it out of the way to fuel the bike. There is nothing like tossing a tank bag aside and watching its contents scatter across the gas station pump lanes to sop up spilled fuel and get driven over.
    -zip up the big pocket on the stich so that the important papers et al will not blow out of the ballooning pocket and scatter along the roadway who knows where?
    -if you seemingly freeze to death as the temps fall, remember to zip up the vents in your gear. I have entertaining budds who stop for coffee and the 'warm-up' dance and then ride on only to do it again 40 min later because they cant remember to zip up the vents.
    -any unzipped opening invariably is located in a place to catch the most rain.

    Empty the oil drain pan as soon as possible rather than just shoving it out of the way. On more than one occasion I have ridden over the edge of it while pulling into my garage. The fluidity of the arcing waste oil is quite beautiful in the moment right before it paints the ceiling, tool box, rider...
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  15. dvgonzo

    dvgonzo Been here awhile

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    These are GREAT.......Sadly though......I can truthfully say I have first hand experience with WAY to many of them! :rofl
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  16. jegrmajstr

    jegrmajstr thumper tourer

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    Turn the petcock on RES when the bike suddenly cuts out, before kicking it for more then 5 minutes in summer heat...
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  17. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    Torque ALL the bolts to spec when mounting new pipes on old bikes. Finger tight is only good for about 8 miles. :bluduh

    // marc
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  18. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Remember that your track bike does not have a side stand and is thus cannot stand on its own, when you've already removed the front stand, and are now removing the rear stand.
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  19. Rafiki

    Rafiki Some Dude

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    when overhead welding.....Un-tuck your shirt.
    the slag will continue out that way.
    otherwise it stays at the waist.
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  20. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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