A general lack of enthusiasm...

Discussion in 'Australia' started by richo360, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Ok, how the hell do you stay motivated to work on bikes?
    Before the ktm rally i put in about 20 hours going over the 950 and probably more on the 690 that a mate rode.
    Since then, i'm finding myself walking past my bikes daily, looking with disgust.... at the work i have to do, and at my general feeling of CBF'd....
    Yep, Melbourne winters don't help. Being dark outside before i get home doesn't help. Many days work and the busyness of life sure doesn't help. Lack of motivation ensues, partially due to no major plans to ride over coming / immediate weeks...
    On my list is :
    - tank off and air filter changes, rear indicator replacement on SE
    - put engine back in 505 (eventually)
    - Replace r h engine cover on 690 due to stripped thread in oil filter cover. Grease head stem bearings, general tidy up
    - Finish cleaning engine etc and complete wiring repairs on 660. Check bearings, grease etc
    - grease swing arm and headstem bearings on 450

    Nothing is difficult. On their own, each job is an hour and a bit maybe, or less. Ive got all the tools, and the time.
    I offered a mate cash today to come work on my bikes, ( he used to own a bike shop and is semi retired) and got told to fuggoff and stop being a lazy carnt.... got to be honest, the couch is a more attractive proposition recently.
    I can see what's going to happen, I'm going to be invited on a ride and bike won't be ready, and I'll rush through and stuff something at midnight the night before.

    How do you stay motivated ?
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  2. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Book a hard and fast date for a ride on the bike that needs TLC... nothing motivates like a deadline.

    If you have a brass deposit on stuff like accomodation, or ferry tickets or entry fees (going to see a race meeting) or simliar... there's your carrot... :D
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  3. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Encouragement award recipient. tEAM iDIOT.

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    Try not having a proper work area, it really kills motivation...

    That's been (one of) my problem for the last few years...

    Although once I got stuck into the WR I got motivated...
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  4. AusGoFar

    AusGoFar get back on that horse

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    Out source. I ll take one off your hands mate
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  5. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    The answer is easy

    Buy bikes that need a service and thats it

    Oh thats right you sold that one :D
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  6. Russ

    Russ Long timer

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    It's easy get off your arse and stop typing, excuses.
    You could have knocked over a few tasks in the time it took you to type the post.

    Sorry to be harsh.
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  7. tomo8r

    tomo8r Been here awhile

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    They've got these things called 'mechanics'. I get them to do the work.

    I, at some point, figured out that I prefer riding/driving to working on bikes/cars.
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  8. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    I took the liberty of making some suggestions for your list.

    or fly a mate over - lock him in the shed for a week, and then both go for a ride... on the 950 and 660 out to Hattah... (where the ute is with the 450/505 in the back) and blat about on the lil' bikes in the mulga. :D


    BTW I'm not doin' nothin' four weeks from now... :augie :lol3
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  9. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Ummmm. I just bought another one of'those' bikes. Riding it home from Qld early December.
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  10. BradventureRider

    BradventureRider Power to rip yer bloody arms off!!!

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    I hear you richo, there’s times I CBF’d working on bikes either. I heard a saying many years ago that helps me get some motivation.

    “A job started is a job half done”

    Biggest thing is the mental leap of making a start, once going the rest is easy.
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  11. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Good point Troy... except tomorrow night im heading to the snow for the weekend ( snowboarding, not riding).
    Too many distractions i think. Or im creating them to avoid working on bikes.
    Yep, I've got a nice big double garage with lots of room and carpet on the floor. Should be easy to work out there, yeah ? No......
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  12. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    poor bloke. :lol3 shed full of bikes... and still not happy...?

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    I feel your pain... shit it sure is a tough life... eh...? :rofl :1drink

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  13. cobrin

    cobrin Live to Ride - Ride to Live

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    eat fix sleep repeat

    start a job that you can finish, plan the next one till the job is done. start all over again.

    when you're at the point you are, take a step back, a distraction as you put it, then go back with determination.
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  14. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV Long timer

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    You have too much on your plate.

    You obviously would rather be out riding them, not working on them.

    This Spring weather should be giving you some inspiration.

    So you have now bought another bike and you’ve been talking about big blocking the 690! :hmmmmm
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  15. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Yeah, GSA on its way soonish.
    Brad, you're correct. Previously i found I'd pick up a spanner 'for 5 minutes'... 3 hours later id finish.
    Just can't pick them up right now...
    Talking about AussieAdv?
    Watch this space.... although it may take a few months to get underway properly. Im really good at stacking up projects.....

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  16. Dr AT

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    Try this - fry up some bacon and eggs for breakfast, perhaps a couple of pancakes, then brew a really nice coffee. Now, see that mess in the kitchen? Take the cup of coffee out to the shed and sip away as you contemplate what jobs need doing on the bike. Remember the mess in the kitchen? Grab a spanner and get started on the ktm. Peehaps brew another coffee in a couple of hours to remind you of the mess in the kitchen. Now, about the lawn that needs cutting ....perhaps it's time to fit new tyres on the bike?
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  17. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Ha ha nice try Doc....
    Not a huge fan of a cooked breakfast , as coffee usually does it. And i have a dishwasher...
    And since i sold the pony farm / acreage, my lawn consists of a 4m x 3m nature strip my retired bored neighbor usually mows for me.
    Remember as a kid that toy ' Hugo, the man of 1000 faces' ?
    I am Richo, the man of 1000 excuses ! :)

    Troy, pay for your own airfare... the rest is here waiting for ya !
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  18. Dee Cee

    Dee Cee Been here awhile

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    Now there is some worldly hard won experience talking.
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  19. Gasman_ADV

    Gasman_ADV Been here awhile

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    Can't really see what the problem is here

    I mean having a few KTM's in the shed

    Well its a bit like leaving your banjo in the back of your locked car in the supermarket carpark ....really :D
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  20. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    So this is why you haven't posted in the "What did you do to your bike today" thread!
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