|Our workshop in Bosnia.|
|Lifting a pack with a 434's crane. Got quite attached to that hulk.|
Firstly, pride. Put simply, when faced with a job that probably doesn't require specialised tools or an engineering degree, I can't help thinking I should be doing this for myself. Plenty of other people with no formal training seem able to look after their bike's every need. Should I not also be able to do so? It's a well known fact after all that people who don't change their own oil, overhaul their own suspension or fit new chains themselves aren't really real men.
|At the dock yard on our way to Kosovo.|
At the end of the day, if you can do it and don't have money to burn, maintaining your own bike makes a lot of sense.
As I alluded to earlier though, I did a brake job on my bike. It badly needed doing because all three callipers were seized or seizing. However, the parts alone cost over £110. Despite having never had the pleasure of overhauling break callipers, I decided to go it alone.
|What a mess.|
In the past I've made a mess of all sorts of things, mainly because I didn't quite understand them. The YBR250 killed its wheel bearings because I wasn't getting the chain adjustment quite right. I killed the chain on the GT250 about the same way. How can a motorcyclist not be good at adjusting the chain? Actually, looking at a lot of peoples bikes, they mostly just don't adjust or lube them. But for me, surely that's just unacceptable.
|My bike getting the attention it deserves. Alan's.|
There are other examples of my incompetence but I won't go into any more. The case for the prosecution is clearly made. I've been tried and found wanting. As I said in my last post, if I was rich, I would be paying Alan to come to ours weekly to maintain the fleet of motorbikes I would own. In order to satisfy my manly need to break things with tools, I would keep a simple old banger.
Unfortunately, this is not an option. Now I have a worrying situation with the Wee. It's Secondary Throttle Valve, or possibly the linkage, is seizing up. Alan got it going again with some duck oil last time he worked on it but they're sticking again now. Really, it needs removing, stripping and lubing properly. For Alan that would be a good two hours, maybe three. It needs a new air filter as well so while the box is out, it would be daft not to change that. The air filter I would do in a heartbeat. But me take my own throttle bodies off? I think we both know that's not the best idea in the world. On the other hand, we've somehow ended up with two holidays to save for. Oh, and the clutch is dragging a bit. Now, where's the 12mm spanner got to?