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.
"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
Soon, we ride.
AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.
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2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.