Old 10th August 2019, 02:56 AM #1
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Working on the bike

Even though I'm a mechanic by trade (not hands on for a good while) the sense of accomplishment from working on the bike is amazing.
New rear shock done! Popping noise from the engine sorted(turned out to be a loose plug and plug lead. New plugs done. New grips, new mirrors, fix sticking rear brake, done. Repair damaged panels and repaint, done.

I never get sick of this!!!!!
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Old 10th August 2019, 02:59 AM #2
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Fair play. Im not the best at it myself but I do love giving anything a go and figuring it out
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Old 10th August 2019, 04:07 AM #3
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Its what its about for me , always need a project.
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Old 10th August 2019, 09:04 AM #4
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Feel the same
Although the vmax is fighting me tbh
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Well I saved th guts of 200 euro just by buying service parts for the Varadero online.
Fitted new discs and pads last night in the garage.
Allmost therapeutic....
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Old 10th August 2019, 06:51 PM #6
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Re: Working on the bike

Make sure you have a good vice grip and a fresh tube of tec-7 always in the box
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Old 10th August 2019, 07:14 PM #7
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Make sure you have a good vice grip and a fresh tube of tec-7 always in the box
might also need gaffa tape and bailing twine in that box.


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Old 10th August 2019, 11:34 PM #8
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Fairplay, hopefully that shock will transform the bike.
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Old 11th August 2019, 12:47 AM #9
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Re: Working on the bike

It's all therapy until the shit hits the fan!
I've made every cock up in the book and then some at some stage!
Great for learning but some amount of wasted hours trying to come up with solutions!

I usually end up buying tools when I get stuck... It's a great way to justify power tools or fancy torque wrenches.
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Old 11th August 2019, 09:53 AM #10
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Its what u tube was invented for, there is a tutorial out there for most things. The trick is to know when you're beat and have to bring it to the professionals...
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Old 11th August 2019, 10:27 AM #11
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Agreed, being successful working on your bike is very satisfying. But getting elbow deep and resolving the family cage issues has given me bigger smugness. Getting main dealer prices for stuff and then completing the job at 30% the cost - and done better is chest beating stuff. Saved 2k on one job alone on Mrs Moly's unmentionable, took 6 hrs and a soldering iron - YouTube rules !
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Old 11th August 2019, 05:31 PM #12
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Originally Posted by me2
might also need gaffa tape and bailing twine in that box.


Do't forget the barred wire
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Old 11th August 2019, 07:02 PM #13
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Fjr’s are always satisfying to work on,they are designed well and built to last
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Old 11th August 2019, 10:12 PM #14
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Re: Working on the bike

Originally Posted by cbroar
Fairplay, hopefully that shock will transform the bike.
It's sitting higher that's for sure!!! Cheers
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Old 12th August 2019, 12:02 AM #15
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If you enjoy it that much, please feel free and do mine would you? I've a pain in my arse fixing them at this point!
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Old 12th August 2019, 08:58 AM #16
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Originally Posted by Syllabus
I never get sick of this!!!!!
Oh, you will get sick of it once you start hitting rusted bolts that split flush in the most impossible places

But yeah, nothing like working on your own stuff!

Now, be aware that there's no such thing as "that's a 30' job". It'll quickly turn into 4 weeks project waiting for parts, tools, heads scratching, adult language and a pint or two to calm the nerves.
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Old 12th August 2019, 10:24 AM #17
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Originally Posted by Rockster
Its what u tube was invented for, there is a tutorial out there for most things. The trick is to know when you're beat and have to bring it to the professionals...
The trick is being able to spot those on youtube who know what they are at, and not the bullshit artists (eg: Delboy's Garage). Hard to do if you don't have the knowledge in the first place
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I love tinkering with my two old crocks. It's a great sense of achievement when I find something wrong & I fix it myself. That's one reason why I keep my classics small, a single & a twin. Too many bits on a triple or a four for my liking. Most of the work done on the Varadero goes to Lee Honda, though. The bike is too physically big for me to manhandle with only one functioning arm.
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