Maintenance Oversights

| 3/10/2009 3:55:10 PM

Alison Green 


As you may have gathered from earlier columns, I do enjoy tinkering with my bikes. This goes without saying if one rides a less-than-very-new motorcycle. I have managed to make most of the common blunders while attempting general maintenance, and probably invented a few more along the way. I do however try to only make any given mistake once… twice for the same thing is embarrassing!  But I do like to think that I have learned a few things along the way – albeit, usually the hard way! 


 I am no mechanic so for any work that I attempt with wrench in hand, there is always a good manual open at the appropriate page. But even the best manuals have occasionally let me down.  Either the author assumes dexterity with tools that I do not possess, or items have been ignored completely.  I don’t like this sort of surprise… 


3/18/2009 7:08:38 PM

Motorola radio manuals used to start off with something like, "This manual is intended for use by technicians familiar with similar equipment." They, of course, failed to elaborate how one was to obtain such familiarity. I think it would have been more accurate for them to replace "familiar" with "who are graduates of the school of hard knocks"! Disassembling a switch inside a baggie is a stellar idea.

3/12/2009 9:30:18 AM

A washer between petcock and fuel hose to help pry the "@$#%&!" thing off...great idea!