|The black one is mine. My wife in the jean jacket talking to the secretary of United Bikers of Maine|
Monday, August 5, 2013
VERN, VERN, VERN WHEN WILL YOU LEARN?
In the Native American communities elders are venerated. They are looked up to as being wise because of their years.
I have always disagreed with this premise; believing that if you were stupid when you were young and stupid when you were middle age you are probably a stupid old person.
I am the absolute proof of the proposition. You would think after seventy plus years I would have learned from my mistakes.
During my lifetime I have sheered bolts in oil pans, engine heads, carburetors, mufflers, and plumbing fixtures, and just about everything that has threads.
Last year I decided to set the valves in my motorcycle. My wife suggested I take it to the dealership and have it done. I informed her that I had set the valves and timing in bunches of bikes and I was not going to pay someone to do what I was capable of doing.
The job turned out to be bigger than I thought: I had to remove the seats, the tank some of the wiring and vacuum hoses just to get access to the heads. I soldiered on removing the heads from a space barely big enough to admit a wrench. I set the valves and remounted the heads; but on my last head bolt I gave it just one more turn.
Yeah – I sheered off the bolt in the jug. I ended up renting a trailer and transporting the bike forty miles to a dealer where they were able to remove the bolt, reset the timing and put the bike back together. It was a hundred dollar fiasco, not counting the rental of the trailer.
Today I decided to change the oil in the bike. My wife suggested I take it down to the local bike shop and have it done. But, I am not going to pay someone to do what I can do.
The drain plug is located at a position that you have to lift the front end just to get a wrench on the bolt. After cursing Honda engineers I got the front end elevated on some 8x8 lumber and was able to drain the oil and change the filter. I gave the drain plug just one more snug turn and felt it give…fearing I may have stripped the threads in the oil pan I backed it off and snugged it just close, checking there were no oil leaks. Needing to check the oil level in the rear differential (the bike is direct drive) I unscrewed the nut – the oil was fine – and I replaced the filler bolt. Just one more twist to make sure it is tight… and then swore: Shit, Fire and Molasses – God Damn Flatheaded Bastard…
The new bolt is costing me $25.00 with the O-ring, plus $10.00 shipping.
Provided there are no leaks this season; next year I will have the local bike shop change the oil and act surprised when they have to retap the threads on the oil pan.
Meanwhile, I have found that the brake light switch on the foot brake is not working and needs replacing. And I am not going to pay someone to do what I can easily do.