Note to self:

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

  1. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    :lol3No thanks, I need my toes to work.:wink: Don't use rubber tipped shoes/boots to put the hot :wink:K1200RS on the centerstand, may melt the tip of your brand new hiking boots.:cry:cry:cry

    Talking about that, the steel shank rotted away in an old pair of riding boots. Broke when I put the heavy GS on the centerstand and punched me under the foot. Just about dropped the bike that time and had to pour some epoxy in the boots as a temporary repair.....:eek1
  2. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Light hearted note:

    Never sit outside Mammoth with your bride and take a drink everytime a Subaru goes by, of course we had to make disparaging remarks. :getiton


    :freaky:slurp:beer:dutch


    :puke2 :sick

    The next of riding sucked! :lol3
  3. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    lol, yeah that sounds like a pretty hardcore drinking game alright!
  4. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    This one reminds me of the pro mechanic who was doing a complete engine rebuild on a triumph circa 1970. He had the crank in the cases and the top end on. He was having trouble putting the primary together. Upon close inspection, he concluded that he had the crank in backwards.

    So...he carefully covered up the engine with shop rags and retrieved the service manager. The manager never said a word as the mech showed him the status of the job. The mech allowed that he was too upset/disconcerted to continue working for the day and promised to come in early the next day to continue the job. After the mech had gone, the manager let the rest of us know and see the debacle for ourselves. Nobody but nobody ever teased the mech for the error as we all realized that but for the Grace of God it could have been any one of us. The day after the job was done and the bike was out the door, us mechs took the wrench for a very polite beer. One from each of us.

    Note to self: make sure that the first three pieces to go together really are correct.

    Some of those triumph barrels, bitd, would go on the cases backwards and a mech wouldn't necessarily notice it till the head wouldn't fit.
  5. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    This one reminds me of the time that I was servicing a bike with strange electrical problems. Diodes were blowing like mad yet all the wiring checked out perfect, wtf ?????

    Took me 20 minutes to find that the wet cell battery had been charged up in reverse. I had the service manager come over to my bench to see this for himself. We guestimated that the customer when faced with a dead batt in the Spring after winter storage just hooked up his batt charger backwards? The batt being so dead that there wasn't enough sparks to make it obvious that it was wrong.

    For the hell of it, I drained the batt with a cuppla headlights and charged it up with correct polarity. Fixed the diodes and had the service manager call the customer to see if a new batt was to be installed? The customer decided to ride the bike around just to see if the batt would last any length of time. Batt lasted 2 seasons before failing.

    At the time, nobody in the shop had ever seen such a thing and nobody believed that such a thing might even be possible. Sure, customers hooking up a batt backwards had happened often enough.

    note to self: check polarity first on all strange elec. equipment.
  6. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Oh, yes. When I was an auto mechanic, one of the fellows hooked the charger up to a dead battery - reversed. He had it out on the bench, and when he went to put it back in the car it threw sparks when trying to hook up the "ground". Meter confirmed charged in reverse. He used a heater fan motor to run it back to zero and recharge correctly. We did a full load test on the battery before reinstalling it, passed fine.

    I learned mechanicing from my grandfather - working on his '52 plymouth 6V positive ground sedan. It had two big 6V batteries wired parallel for good starting performance - but he could take off the main cables, swap the mid cable to make them series/12V and jumpstart a more modern machine.

    Note to self: Always unhook the ground wire first - even if it is the "+".
  7. Welshman

    Welshman B.U.F.F.

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    I saw a ktm 950 motor last year same issue:D
  8. Welshman

    Welshman B.U.F.F.

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    Originally posted by Coxwain on the Widdogs Forum..... yes there are pictures to verify...., I thought it deserves to be here:1drink

    "Senario .....Its a Monday night ....Its been a rough day..... a couple o mates stop by ....a few beers are drunk, followed by a few bottles of wine, and some good conversation. The mates leave cause its getting late and you just know its time to wash your pig....22.30 ....Im a sick person.
    Of course there is no light outside and the missus has gone to bed ....so you haul out your washing bucket and give the old girl a good sponging down. ....Ahhh that looks good ....not that you can see a farking thing. Right some good old Dash just to keep the plastic looking good ....yip .....thats better ......but hey wait ....that dosnt look right ......FARK ....its a can of RED SPRAY PAINT.....how the Fark did that get in the bucket !!!!

    Yes ...its just happened ....Ive just sprayed my Pig red. .....Im going to bed now ...and when I wake up in the morning this will all be just a bad dream....Good Night. "
  9. zoltan

    zoltan Been here awhile

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    Don't roll up the cuffs on your jeans while installing a new tire on your dirt bike, or the axle nut might fall into the fold and you will end up tearing apart the garage for an hour and a half getting pissed looking for said nut.
  10. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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  11. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    Note to self: if while sorting out why you don't have tank bag power and blow a couple of fuses, do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use your nose to sniff out that burning smell!



    **I've almost stopped trembling**



    :shog
  12. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    After your car has been sitting for WAY too long check to see if the brakes work BEFORE loading it onto the trailer so you don't spend 4 hours jacking it up and using a ratcheting strap to unembed it from the tow vehicle and getting the back doors to open and close again
    :shog:baldy:baldy:kboom
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  13. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    When you splash gasoline all over one hand and also in your eyes, use the other hand to rub your eyes. Also, when you pick up that can of brake or carb cleaner you just put down, always check to make sure the nozzle is pointed away from your face. Even if you just put it down a few seconds ago.


    1911fan
  14. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    You didn't mention how hard gasoline is to wash out of your eyes- not that I would know anything about that.
  15. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    If you swallow enough of it while siphoning, you'll note two things. One, it tastes just as bad coming up as a burp, and two, you burp a lot. Especially bad on a first date. :huh


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  16. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    I inhaled about a gallon of gas siphoning for the lawn mower. Figured I'd tuff it out and let my body handle the issue, cause I was tough. :deal
    Well, an hour or two later, I thought I was going to die. Quick trip to the toilet, finger down my throat, etc. Musta worked, I'm typing this. :freaky
  17. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    FWIW, swallow gas do not force it back up, lots of milk water and burned toast

    2nd go buy a $5 siphon at the hardware store, or in a pinch put a slit in the siphon hose about 3" from the end, then take a blow nozzle from your compressor, stick it through the slit and you just made a venturi to get the siphon started
  18. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    That's too noisy when you're trying to be stealthy......:deal
  19. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    .............And coughing puking and screaming like a little girl isn't??
  20. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Yeah, when you need to siphon gas it's best not to used that 3' length of 1" garden hose that you found.

    And if you do, once you get the siphon started, you should expect the "fire hose" volume that will come flying out.