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Old 11-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well speaking of knowing a bit about the bike you ride, I had an interesting occurrence happen on the way to work the other morning. I pulled away from a stop light and when I went to shift into second the shifter lifted up with no resistance whatsoever. After pulling over into a side street, I ascertained what had happened. Apparently a bolt had worked its way loose that held my shifter to the connecting rod. After a little brainstorming, I found some wire on the side of the road which I used to hold everything together enough to make it a little ways down the road to the nearest gas station. Once there, I was able to fashion a better temporary fix that would get to work and back home out of a car battery terminal. (gas stations are somewhat limited on their selection of possible fixing agents) all of this and I STILL made it to work on time

Excuse the ratty nature of my bike ... It is not a beauty queen by any means.
take this tip to heart, it matters not if it is a Harley or a Honda ( and anything in between ) do a periodical check of not only your fasteners but your frame.. one would be surprised at how common a stress crack is on bikes.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Truthfully folks, male or female if you ride you should know at least the basics. Many of you grew up gear heads and that is good, some of you however have no experience with anything other than a keyboard or cell phone.. nothing wrong with that but it ain't gonna get you far on a dark road with no cell phone reception and not a living soul in sight..being stranded isn't fun and in many cases there is simply no reason for it. Most roadside maladies are easily self fixable if you know what to look for and have a basic understanding of mechanics ( electrical wouldn't hurt either )

So.. Go, take a course, buy some tools tinker.. if you don't want to experiment on your primary ride and if you have the cash, buy a running basket.. something where the engine and tranny work reasonably well, but could use tuning or a top end rebuild.
Pace yourself at you current skill but be eager to grow. Back in my day tearing off cylinder heads, adjusting points, getting the distributor "right"..were all a matter of necessity.. we owned clunkers and clunkers needed to be kept running cheaply, which means learning to do because mechanics cost $$$$$ that we did not have.. pretty much sums up today too. I think women wrenching there own bespeaks independence far more them shouting feminist slogans. I shows me a sense of self determination and self worth rather then a demand for unearned respect simply because one is a female.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You, Madam, are my hero!

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Awwwwwww ..... Thanks Justin but I'm not really the hero type ... I can't even dress up as one for Halloween convincingly
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I gotta say,

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Wow, there are a lot of chicks claiming they can do mechanical work on bikes...hmmm
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Oh I have a long history of getting dirty ... That's what happens when growing up with 4 brothers.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:04 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Oh I have a long history of getting dirty ... That's what happens when growing up with 4 brothers.
what is that, you workin on a 91 Honda Accord?
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:11 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Wow!!! Now YOU are good. It is indeed a 1991 Honda Accord. I was replacing the alternator on it for the 2ND time
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:21 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Wow!!! Now YOU are good. It is indeed a 1991 Honda Accord. I was replacing the alternator on it for the 2ND time
I been working on the Honda/Acura products for about 20 years now as a tech at a dealer. you would think I'd know them by now. but the 90-93 were all pretty much the same. Those are a set of Odyssey horns in my Sig pic. lol
BTW nice job!! wish my wife would do S*** like that
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