LADIES-Do it yourself or get someone to do it for you?

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LADIES-Do it yourself or get someone to do it for you?

#1 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri May 24, 2013 12:57 am

I need someone else to most things to Zena. I don't have the proper equipment or hand strength (arthritis in the thumb joints) to do a lot of things.

I can do basic things like light bulbs, air, oil, keeping the chrome shiny :mrgreen: ..... but anything else I leave to the professionals.


I got ready to go to work yesterday morning, rolled Zena out of the garage only to find out she wouldn't start. :cry: . I concluded that the switch for the heated grips must have been accidentally pushed on and drained the battery.

I had just enough time to change and half walk/half jog to the bus stop to get to work.

When I came home I dug out the charger and extension cord to charge the battery. This was the first time I ever had to charge a motorcycle. It took me a while to figure out how to access the battery. :roll:

Anyway...tonight I installed the pigtail wires to the battery and put everything back together and the bike is now ready to ride again.

How much do you know and how much can you do?
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#2 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Fri May 24, 2013 9:59 am

I can change the oil, and transmission fluid. I can adjust the valves as well. I installed the extra lights (Hyperlights) on the rear. But, my husband is faster, and about half the time, he'll just do it for me. :) I changed the brake fluid once with a lot of help.
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#3 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat May 25, 2013 3:22 pm

I wouldn't know how to adjust the valves. I'd be willing to try though with some supervision.

I'm slow when it comes to doing things, too. :mrgreen:
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#4 Unread post by Thumper » Sun May 26, 2013 12:32 pm

Most things, neither of us want to do...we don't have the tools or the desire to tinker these days. But things like a dead battery? I *could* do it myself, but the Spouse Thingy usually jumps on it. He knows I know a little more about bikes than he does, and he'll let me tell him what needs to be done, but it seems to be important to him to be the one who swears about the horrible access to the bolts that hold my seat on, so I let him :lol:

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#5 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun May 26, 2013 10:25 pm

Thumper...it's what a spouse does....helps to keep the ego feeling ok. :mrgreen:
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#6 Unread post by Loonette » Thu May 30, 2013 9:44 pm

I do my own oil & filter change. I have done a coolant flush, which was more tricky than I thought it would be (but worth it... I swapped out the old for fresh Engine Ice). I installed my risers with Dave's help (we had to lift the bike in order to drop the front suspension to remove the triple tree - or something like that). THAT was crazy!! I can't do a tire change, but wouldn't want to anyway. Pretty much anything that I can access and understand, I am willing to attempt.

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#7 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:24 pm

I think it's great that there are a few of us who do some things on our bikes.

I am surprised by how few though. I thought more would.

The garage nights that some dealers put on for women are good. I attended a couple and learned a lot.
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#8 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:10 pm

Call me a dirty Ol Man or whatever you would like. I have always thought a women that works on things is just Yeah Baby yeah!!!!
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#9 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:16 pm

I'm with Brumbear... A lady on a bike is "Oh, well hi there!". A lady that can really ride her bike is "Oh, well HI there!". And a lady that can wrench on her bike is "Um hi, my name is... is... Will you marry me?"
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#10 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:46 pm

Wrider wrote:I'm with Brumbear... A lady on a bike is "Oh, well hi there!". A lady that can really ride her bike is "Oh, well HI there!". And a lady that can wrench on her bike is "Um hi, my name is... is... Will you marry me?"
That's just so you don't have to wrench your own. :mrgreen: :P
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#11 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:47 pm

Brumbear..that picture makes me think of Marilyn....if she were still alive she would have been 90 last week.
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#12 Unread post by dr_bar » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:55 pm

BRUMBEAR wrote:Call me a dirty Ol Man or whatever you would like. I have always thought a women that works on things is just Yeah Baby yeah!!!!
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#13 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:47 am

aaaahhh Blues come on now don't do that
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#14 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:11 pm

blues2cruise wrote:
Wrider wrote:I'm with Brumbear... A lady on a bike is "Oh, well hi there!". A lady that can really ride her bike is "Oh, well HI there!". And a lady that can wrench on her bike is "Um hi, my name is... is... Will you marry me?"
That's just so you don't have to wrench your own. :mrgreen: :P
I don't mind wrenching on mine... But if she can wrench on her own and save us both time? :twisted:
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#15 Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:18 pm

BRUMBEAR wrote:aaaahhh Blues come on now don't do that
What? Compare her to Marilyn?
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#16 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:33 am

Nah put the metal image of 90 in there aaawww it's like a train wreck you don't want to see it it but ya can't look away!!!! :laughing:
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#17 Unread post by blues2cruise » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:12 pm

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#18 Unread post by RocketGirl » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:04 am

Hi,
About the coolant flush, do you have any tips on how with my limited hand strength I can disconnect the fuel hose from my fuel tank. My manual says to remove the tank to get to the radiator cap on my Honda Shadow 750. I'd like to do this job myself if I can get the darn hose off and back on again properly. Thanks in advance.
Loonette wrote:I do my own oil & filter change. I have done a coolant flush, which was more tricky than I thought it would be (but worth it... I swapped out the old for fresh Engine Ice). I installed my risers with Dave's help (we had to lift the bike in order to drop the front suspension to remove the triple tree - or something like that). THAT was crazy!! I can't do a tire change, but wouldn't want to anyway. Pretty much anything that I can access and understand, I am willing to attempt.

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#19 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:31 pm

I like to use these when applicable for pesky snap clamps
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#20 Unread post by Wrider » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:56 pm

Yeah that should work, then just start tugging. You'd be surprised how well fuel hoses tend to stay on.

That said, do any of you ladies have a female friend who is absolutely terrified of even touching a motorcycle? A new customer of mine is absolutely terrified of her husband's two F650GS bikes (yes, he has two of the same kind, different generations, no idea why). She's so scared that she literally won't even touch them, and whenever I'm working on them complains about him riding them and how dangerous they are and how she wishes he'd throw them away.
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