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#1 Unread post by ofblong » Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:45 am

Now that I have to actually start doing some real mechanical work on my bike I will take pictures of the work as I go and post them here. By no means am I an auto/motorcycle mechanic. I am an Industrial Mechanic but thats a little different then working on auto's lol.
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#2 Unread post by ofblong » Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:30 pm

Well got around to getting my chain sprockets ordered and the new chian break/rivet tool.

below are some pics of me doing the work though I dont have the chain yet (supposed to be here wed) and I dont have any brake cleaner to clean the rear brake area up so I didnt put the rear tire back on yet.

anyways onto the pics of what I have done so far.

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This one shows how much chain slop there is when the tension isnt set. plenty of room to use the chain break/rivet tool.

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This shows how dirty the chain gaurd is. good thing this thing is on there otherwise hello dirty passenger lol
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The drive sprocket was very worn. so worn that you can see the nice divits the chain made in the main part of the sprocket.
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The old chain. Looks like this wasnt the origional chain as it has a clip type link on it.
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New drive sprocket installed. pretty cool how it works with the front clip. Though it would seem the clip cant be flipped 180 degrees as the holes wouldnt line up that way. I didnt take the time to experiment to make sure but it seemed that way :D. Dont worry I am gonna clean all the "dust n stuff" before I put the chain on.
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main shaft holding the rear tire on.
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The next 2 pics show how the new sprocket must fit more than one type of motorcycle (lol go figure) in that on my bike one set of holes is larger the other set of holes. My bike fits the smaller set.
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Thats all I have for now until my chain comes (supposed to be here Friday).
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#3 Unread post by ceemes » Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:03 pm

Ah the joys of chain and sprocket replacement. Think I will stick to shaft drive. :lol:
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#4 Unread post by ofblong » Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:30 am

ceemes wrote:Ah the joys of chain and sprocket replacement. Think I will stick to shaft drive. :lol:
hehe yeah well its all about the learning. Besides I figure if I take pictures of my work others "browsing" my thread might see something I should replace or fix or whatever that I might not have thought of :D. Speaking of I need to take pics of the wheel being put back on. I didnt realize how easy the rear drum brake was to take off and man there is a ton of brake dust I need to clean out lol. I am one of those guys that when I take something apart I have to clean it before I put it back together (though I didnt do that with the sprocket yet but the picture was more for "differences" between old and new. I mean if you look at the bolt in the bottom right you can see how much has been worn from origional sprocket to the new sprocket. quite a bit. Makes me think this chain has been replaced once before (bike only has 20k miles on it) but not the sprockets along with the chain. Especially considering this bike came with a non clip type master link. which the masterlink was put on backwards. Instead of the open end of the clip facing away from direction of travel it was facing direction of travel. Plus it was on the backside of the chain (not sure if it really matters) meaning it was facing the inside of the bike so I didnt even know it was their till after I broke the chain and pulled it off. So my guess is whoever worked on it didnt want to buy the right tools for the job (they are kinda on the expensive side) and took the easy route instead of the correct route. So my goal for today is to get all the parts/brakes cleaned and put back on. Then I can lower the cycle jack until I get my chain. Once chain comes in I will raise it back up to put the chain on (prob wont need to but makes it much easier to work on stuff).

Whats nice about this Motorcycle jack ($40 at pep boys after $30 mail in rebate) is not only does it keep the bike stable my 2 year old can pump the bike up without any problems. Thats how easy it is to use. I love this jack and hope that when I someday get my Ducati it will work with it as well though with the way the exhaust runs on a Ducati it may not work unless I can get some mods done to the bike or some sort of leveling pads to put under the bike frame.
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#5 Unread post by ceemes » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:18 pm

When I was riding chain drive, I always replaced the rear sprocket when I replace the chain. Mind you those were courier bikes and they were ridden hard at least 5 days a week in all weather conditions, sun, rain and yes snow, up to 12 hours a day in heavy stop and go traffic......usually ended replacing the front brake pads, drive chain and rear sprockets every six weeks, it was a good time to do an oil change as well.

Rain gear lasted about a month at best, two month with liberal applications of duct tape.....

Sounds like you are also getting you kid broken in early......given him any wrench time yet?
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#6 Unread post by erbgottie » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:24 pm

beautifull bike man :D
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#7 Unread post by ofblong » Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:49 pm

ceemes wrote:When I was riding chain drive, I always replaced the rear sprocket when I replace the chain. Mind you those were courier bikes and they were ridden hard at least 5 days a week in all weather conditions, sun, rain and yes snow, up to 12 hours a day in heavy stop and go traffic......usually ended replacing the front brake pads, drive chain and rear sprockets every six weeks, it was a good time to do an oil change as well.

Rain gear lasted about a month at best, two month with liberal applications of duct tape.....

Sounds like you are also getting you kid broken in early......given him any wrench time yet?
lol a little. I will lossen the bolt/nut and let him finish taking it off lol. Plus I let him raise and lower the bike :D.
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#8 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:44 pm

ok didnt get a chance to get pictures off the camara (too excited) but my chain came today. I installed it (though I didnt take pics of installation I was too excited lol) and got the tire aligned. Took it for a 10 mile spin and OMG can I tell a difference. at 80mph I dont hear the "chain slap" the bikes vibration isnt near what it used to be and it takes off oooohhhh so much more smoothly that it used to. overall Awsomeness to be able to ride again though it will be short lived. Gonna rain rest of the week =[.
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#9 Unread post by ofblong » Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:29 am

Not really a learning point mechanicly (ok not even close to being one lol) but I rode to work tonight. Its currently 36 degrees F outside. wtf was I thinking????? I completly forgot to grab my wind breakers so my legs are freezing. good thing I got my electric heated gloves (mmm toasty fingers make for quick reflex's) and my armored jacket with liner which boy does this thing keep me warm even at 20F. Plus I brought my neck/nose cover my wife made me that just pulls down over my head and then fits under my helmet. keeps the wind off my face so i keep that part warm as well. But geeze do my legs freeze (I ride from plant to plant with my tools in my tool bag which just barely fits in my saddle bag). I think tomarrow if I ride (prob wont cause its supposed to rain and well 35 degrees and rain just dont sit well lol) I will def remember my windbreaker pants. keeps the cold way down when I wear them.
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#10 Unread post by aw58 » Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:20 pm

I know that c c c c cold feeling in the fingers when 3 hours later the tips are still pink and numb, or when its wet and parts of your body look like an ancient briton from the dye that has come out of your leather, and your legs start to shake from the cold whilst your riding.
Still I've got several months of that to look forward to.
Thanks for reminding me.

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#11 Unread post by ofblong » Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:07 pm

lol rode Friday and the heated gloves didnt work right. found the connection on the battery side has some corrosion on it. cleaned it out and now I got some battery gaurd im gonna spray in their when I get a chance. Hopefully that will keep the corrosion down.

Saturday I had my nieces and we went to apple bees and to my sister-in-laws house. I had to ride the motorcycle (darn I was so upset lol) cause I dont have enough room for My wife, 4 children, 2 nieces and myself. So I took my 6 yr old with me on the bike and my wife took everyone else. It was 45F. My son said he wasnt cold (I wasnt but just because im not cold doesnt mean a 6 yr old with no fat on them wont be :laughing: ). He had fun. He loves to be able to look around at things without having something blocking his view lol. Well something other than my back haha.

*edit I should mention that I "layered" him with clothes/riding gear/safety gear because I wanted to make absolutely positive he would stay warm and wouldnt forget to hold onto me for those short trips. A warm body is safer than a freezing body.
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#12 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:56 pm

Tuesday October 30th 2007

Well good thing I wasnt riding today. I had all 4 of my kids and wife in the van. we were stopped at a stop sign on private property (target store lol) and were rear ended. 2 blonde chicks. They didnt hit us hard but were going maybe 7mph when they hit us. tore up the bumper on my van that was already damaged by wife backing into a tree last year but now its broken off instead of hanging on. Kinda cool watching it flap in the wind. Anyways the girls "ran". I got the liscence plate # though. caused my wife to have muscle spasms in her back. Hopefully those will go away soon. Other than that all of us are ok. Wonder if I can get that rear windshield wiper motor replaced now as part of the "Hit n Run" accident lol.
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#13 Unread post by aw58 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:43 am

Not if your insurer reads your blog
:laughing:

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#14 Unread post by ofblong » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:49 am

aw58 wrote:Not if your insurer reads your blog
:laughing:

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lol cept they would have to know all my info to be sure its me :laughing:
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#15 Unread post by ofblong » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:42 pm

Well

Friday November 2nd

34F on the way into work tonight. was decent. gloves kept my hands warm. Supposed to drop down to 28 for the low so we shall see how the ride home is gonna be. I gotta go find something to clean off the corrosion on the female plug for my gloves though. Kind of annoying trying to get a good connection to keep my hands warm lol.
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#16 Unread post by ofblong » Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:19 pm

Wow been a while since I last posted here.

Well I have learned that shorted wiring can cause a battery to die and keep dieing even after you charge it to full.

Replaced the battery in the bike as well as repaired some corroded and broken wiring. I now get 13.5V at 2500RPM instead of 11.5V like I did before I put the bike up for the winter. So I greased up the chain started the bike up and went for about a 3 mile trip. Almost got ran over cause some idiot cager couldnt stop at the stop sign good thing I was paying attention and anticipated the idiot rolling through.

Rode to work 22F when I left to head home. Not horrible but I could feel a slight coldness through my clothing. Tonight, however, its supposed to rain so I left the bike at home because it is also not supposed to be above 40 when I get out. I can handle dry and cold but wet and cold is where I draw the line for riding lol. Hopefully I will be able to ride to work later this week but the forcast shows rain all week with lows in the 30's =[.
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#17 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:11 am

When the snow melts and the temp rises. WTF I rode my bike from work tonight and decided I would for once do the speed limit rather than doing 10mph over. So I am crusing at 55mph when I come up on a van and a ford escort doing 30mph (in a 55mph zone). OK I see a distance enough that I can pass so I do. I am doing prob 60 at this point when an suv going the opposite direction decides he wants to pass the vehicle in front of him. Now I was over in my lane and in the middle no less. I had to slam on my brakes and move over to as far right of the lane as I could just so the jackass wouldnt hit me and because of it he almost nailed the car behind me. BTW is 40F outside right now. Then I had a deer run out in front of me but thats no big deal as I saw the deer way before she ran. However not a mile later I am doing 60mph again when I see an old dodge truck pull up to the corner. i have the right away but I saw the idiots tires moving and sure enough the guy pulls right out in front of me. I mean im about 50 feet away from the dang corner. no oncoming traffic so I blew by him. Must of scared him cause he went into the ditch lol. I wasnt about to stop though. Now I am home :D. I would have to say this has actually been my worst day ever riding.
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#18 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:35 pm

Well I'm glad you're at least ok!!! Didn't drop the bike on your worst day ever riding, I'm impressed! Sorry to hear about the morons, gotta love idjits like that. Plus, the worst day riding is better than the best day at work right???
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#19 Unread post by ofblong » Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:59 pm

Wrider wrote:Well I'm glad you're at least ok!!! Didn't drop the bike on your worst day ever riding, I'm impressed! Sorry to hear about the morons, gotta love idjits like that. Plus, the worst day riding is better than the best day at work right???
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#20 Unread post by ofblong » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:08 am

Unfortunately this is what I have been doing instead of riding. Yes I am the fat guy leaning on the sink while my friend pounds the sink brackets in.

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