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post #1 of 19 Old 08-10-2009, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Why do your own wrenching?

I am the first to admit I am a mediocre wrencher. I never worked on anything really until I got my KLR. And that is because I learned that I COULD when I went to my first tech day. Yesterday was my second tech day. And I realized why no one except me or someone I trust and have respect for will ever work on my vehicles again. It was freaking hot yesterday. Did my valves. Tim and Mark taught me a lot (and Darin laid the groundwork when we worked together in SLO). Here's the thing...I have a terribly short attention span. And about two hours into any project I find frustrating (which includes mechanical things even when they are going well), I start to lose my focus. I want to cut corners. I want to stop and have a beer.

When I am writing or fishing or playing with my daughter or recording music, I am down for as long as everyone else is willing to go. But wrenching is hard for me. And I get frustrated. My point? If I am at the point after a few hours and a few busted knuckles of saying, "which bolt went where? ahh, to hell with it", then what can I expect of a mechanic I don't know when he drops a bolt and can't find it. Or ends up with an extra.

It's scary to me actually. Now that I have worked on my bike (because I don't succumb to the temptation to take shortcuts, etc), I can't believe how many people let folks they don't know work on their bikes. Cars are bad enough, but two wheels changes the equation for me. Tim is right. It ain't their bike.

So, thanks Darin, Mark, Tim, LarryBoy, and all the rest of you all for giving me the knowledge and confidence to know that if someone ****ed up my bike, that someone was me and I at least KNOW about it.




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Dan -

I could wrench all day long. It took me 18 years to restore my Spitfire - it was about the journey.

The KLR was the right bike for me because it is state of the art for 1975, and that means I can work on it. Like every other vehicle I have owned, it will never go to the dealer or into a stranger's hands for work.

My wife came out to the garage yesterday and asked if I could come in for lunch. "Not right now, hon, I'm not at a stopping point". And, as she has for the past 30 years, she understood.

Whether it is cars, bicycles, or motorcycles, wrenching provides me with an escape from cares and concerns that I can't get from anything else.

I am the first to admit I'm a mediocre musician. Aw, heck, I might as well be truthful.... The only musical instrument I can play is the stereo...

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Well said. Both of you.
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I'm not very mechanically inclined either, yet I've also managed to work on my KLR. Had a good buddy help me out with the doo and valves though. I can see where even that stuff is manageable, but people like my buddy Mike just make it look too simple with their mechanical abilities. I do take frequent breaks to avoid frustration though and have to do some things twice, but it gets done.
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Why do your own wrenching?
Uh.. Hello?? Cheap KLR owner??

Duh..

I guess I should mention that I wrench my own Wing and BMW, but that's not important.. I wrench my own bikes because I trust myself, period.. I change my own tires because I'm smart enough to remember to tighten the pinch bolts. I change my own oil because I'll remember to tighten the drain plug, or actually put the filter in the bike.. I adjust my own valves because "good enough" isnt' good enough..

I have a hard time trusting some kid making a touch over minumum wage to do the same..

Oh, and I'm cheap..
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Uh.. Hello?? Cheap KLR owner??

Duh..

I guess I should mention that I wrench my own Wing and BMW, but that's not important.. I wrench my own bikes because I trust myself, period.. I change my own tires because I'm smart enough to remember to tighten the pinch bolts. I change my own oil because I'll remember to tighten the drain plug, or actually put the filter in the bike.. I adjust my own valves because "good enough" isnt' good enough..

I have a hard time trusting some kid making a touch over minumum wage to do the same..

Oh, and I'm cheap..
Amen!
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Picture of the Spitfire please!




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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Picture of the Spitfire please!
Well, OK..


I have them on my BMW, but I really don't like them much.. Deciding on what's going on next at this time...
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post #9 of 19 Old 08-11-2009, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Tom, it took you almost 20 years to restore a tire?!?!?




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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Do you have any idea how long it takes to get enough latex to refine into rubber from the one tree I've got in the backyard? I'm tellin' ya, it was a labor of love.

Jeez, duudes, yer harshin' my mellow here...


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