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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by HaChayalBoded, Sep 21, 2008.
Carb linkage....my buddy lost a spring that helps keep all the butterflies in sync on his '96 katana 600. I sat back a minute, thought about the spring that we needed and had an ah ha moment, the diameter of its seat looked close to that of the rear brake switch spring on my '75 honda cb550, snipped the long ends off of it with some pliers, fed it in with a screwdriver and it set right in! was a worth while fix, that he still has in the bike lol.
Dead battery on my F650. Luckily I always carry a small SLA battery in a battery box in one of my panniers to run my ham radio stuff so i was able to jump the bike straight off it with some 12GA wire plugged into the tender cable. Replaced crappy 2-year-old lead-acid battery with an AGM that day and no issues since.
The mystical loss of a Clip type chain lock.
Yes, it happened to me, somewhere in Romania, I just saw it by pure luck.
In before, yes, it was mounted correctly, I triple check on important parts (brakes, chain, etc.).
However, nothing a bit of wire couldn't fix.
Holds up perfectly for almost 8000 km by now.
Quite a few years back on my old '82 Vespa Et3 the flange holding the carb to head broke off... and the carburetor just fell off.
To make it home I had to ride with the seat flipped open, sitting on the tank cap (with a nice retaining clip with a screw sticking up! Pain!!!) with my left hand down in the frame to hold the carb in place. Of course every time I had to change gear I had to let go of the carb, engine would die, switch gear, grab the carb and put it back, engine would fire up again.... and so on.
I believe I run through quite a few stop signs! My butt was extremely grateful when I made it home!
if you have a clip chain you should always carry a couple of spare links.
Alineador de emergencia:
Jump started a pickup truck without cables......drove truck 2 around so that the front bumpers touched (ground) and then used the jack handles to bridge across the positive terminals. Works great.....just don't touch the jack handles to anything else or you create a whopper of an arc......:eek1
The other day I was about to haul a load of debris to the dump and noticed my trailer wire harness had a wire broken off right at the harness. I found a safety pin in my first aid kit and cut the needle off at 1/2 inch and stuck it in the wire then pushed it into the harness. The lights worked!
Out on a ride too late last night on my DR, my one and only headlight bulb burns out. Of course it's a moonless night and I'm still in the NC mountains a hundred miles from home. I manage to make it to a gas station without getting killed but they have no bulbs, and the nearest store that might carry a bulb is much to far away to risk. But think of all the weight I saved not carrying a spare bulb. :blush:
After some head scratching I pull my headlight fairing and unplugged my head light and blinkers. With a scrap of wire I make some jumpers from the headlight plug to the blinker wires. Finlay I removed the yellow covers from the blinkers and.........BEHOLD!
It got me home safely. A few oncoming cars even flashed there lights at me.. bright but not at all focused. More like two little flood lights.
It isn't going to compare to a modern headlight, but visability was better than the stock headlight on my old 71 Honda
Did high beam work? You may have gotten away with using that if you'd taped the top and bottom edges of the headlight with some electrical tape, or just cranked the adjuster down.
I wish it had bee that simple...
It was a single beam HID bulb.
it seems these HID bulbs fail rather dramatically when they finally do fail.
not a problem. I just rewired the bike today to take one of the dual beam HID bulbs from my old FZ1.
now I have a high beam again
Background - year 1991, just finished summer school at Stanford, just got my license 2 months before, riding my new EX-500 home to New Jersey, my girlfriends dad (also a rider) told me I had to go up to northern Cali to ride rt 36 - boy was he right, the best roller coaster road I've ridden, lots of shifting, I mean LOTS of shifting. It was so much fun I turned around and road it again, so lots more shifting.
Well, I pulled off rt 36 onto some highway and set out for some miles...about 10 miles down the road I needed to downshift for traffic. Hey, where's the shift lever? I look down to see it dangling. Oh boy. I reach down and try to shift it by hand, no dice. Reluctantly I pulled off the road in 6th gear and proceed to notice the lever bolt has backed out.
So I sat there as it began to rain and tried to figure out what to do. Not one car stopped, surprise. Then 2 bikes go by...then I hear them slow down and turn around. I wasn't sure how they were going to help.
One guy asks me if I have a tool kit. "Just the factory one", I say. He then asks if it has one of the double ended screwdrivers and if I have any duct tape.
Well to shorten this long story, he proceeds to put the screwdriver through the lever and into the bolt hole, then tapes it all to my footpeg.
The two of them then pushed me while I shifted down to a useable gear and off I went.
Got a new bolt off a showroom bike in Truckee, after explaining I couldn't wait a week for a replacement.
I always stop and ask bikers if they are alright, just because those two guys MacGuyvered me back on the road when I was a total newb, and because I know no cage will stop.
And that was always the first bolt I checked forever after.
Used the gold foil from inside a pack of Camels to "repair" a blown fuse on a buddy's Triumph when he found he didn't bring any spares.
I still can't believe it worked.
Bead breaker,,,, 4" steel pipe, tree root and a brick.
Had to try that one at home,from a cherry tree the bear kicked over. Certainly would work "on the road", I used the same little camping saw I usually carry....
Anyone carries electrical tape? Who needs zipties, tape is cheaper....??? Back on in 10 minutes!
50 cents worth of tape:
I used the back on my 6x10 enclosed trailer once to break a bead. I forgot my home made bead breaker, made from a fence post with a piece of a car rim welded to it.
So I put my folding ramp on the ground, and placed the rim and tire under the back edge of the trailer while a friend cranked up the tongue jack, worked like a charm on both rims.
I was taking off a 3 day old set of tires I toasted in 1100 miles, in the Smokey's
Wanna do car/van tires??? With motorcycle tire irons??? Same procedure just a much heavier tool. Douglas Fir!
And back on:
$2.50 for new fleece vest at Salvation army
$5.00 for a voltage controller on ebay
$6.00 for some iron on fabric tape
a couple of seat heater grids out of a junk Saab seat
some old speaker wire and couple of coax plugs
total cost about $15, and an hours time
Riding comfortably on a 32 degree day PRICELESS!!!