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

Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:47 pm
by blues2cruise
Wrider..she sounds as if she has an irrational fear.....if she is afraid, she should not even go to the shop.

Sometimes people need to be taken by the hand and learn baby steps....

Is she afraid when they are running or when they are turned off?

My Mom hates motorcycles. However....I got her to sit on mine for a picture for the Riding Game...I gave her the key to hold.

Maybe your friend needs to hold the key and have you gently guide her to just touch the tank.

Have you asked he why she is so terrified?

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

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:39 pm
by Wrider
She's terrified because her husband has broken his leg twice in 25k miles on that bike.

She won't touch them if not absolutely necessary, and even then if it moves at all she jumps back.

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

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:56 pm
by blues2cruise
Motorcycles are definitely not for everyone that's for sure.

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

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:21 am
by MmeMagpie
I am not in the least bit mechanically inclined. I can do a few things on a car. Screwing something up won't necessarily get me killed. Screwing up the motorcycle could, so I leave that to the professionals.

I don't know anyone that scared of a bike. Yikes. Sounds like the husband could use a weekend at the MSF course.

I've met plenty of women who can't wrap their heads around riding because they think it's too dangerous. Then, there's the ladies who like to ride on the back and think that operating the motorcycle is too much to handle. I totally don't get that one.

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

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:54 pm
by sunshine229
I can't say I do too much on my own, not because I don't want to but because I've never had the opportunity.

I have done my own oil changes and quite enjoy doing them, but Mike is always around the garage so he can help with little bits and pieces. I am still a bit afraid of reefing on the wrench too hard. As if the bike is going to fall over, right?!?

Also, I have bled my brakes but for anyone that has done that it is not really a one person job, so admittedly Mike and I do this together.

Oh and since my current bike doesn't have a center stand, even lubing the chain takes two people. :roll:

The only thing that Mike has done on his own to my bike (if I remember right) was the recent coolant change, and I think that was because the coolant reservoir was tucked way under the fairing and we didn't want to take off the plastic and it was just easier for him to rig it all up without a second pair of hands in the way.

Other than that I haven't had to do much else. But I agree with what a few of you said above, leave it to the professionals when it's something really important.

At least I can say that I am not afraid to try, and not afraid to get my hands dirty. GoJoe is your friend! :mrgreen: