Get a 1 liter, graduated, clear plastic tomato sauce (ketchup) bottle from the supermarket. Use this to measure oils and squirt into engine, no measuring jug or funnel required. I have one each for both engine and gearbox and have the correct quantity written on the bottles. They are also handy for small top-offs.
Cheap Oil Measuring Bottle
So I'm doing an oil change before heading to the track next weekend. I'd never been in her so I pull everything to check the oil strainers. I re-install the frame oil strainer and as I'm going to run on a road track, I drill the banjo bolt and frame downtube drain bolt for safety wire. Fine so far. Install & torque the banjo bolt, all good. Go to install the downtube bolt, checking the manual 1st for proper torque value, & run into trouble. The manual shows 29 lb-ft torque for this bolt. As I'm tightening it down I'm thinking this is not right. So I grab my lb-in wrench, set down to 180 (or 15lb-ft), and give it a twist. Pop, off comes the head of the bolt ... &%$#@!
The only plus side to this is it appears that I can back the rest of the bolt out with a punch/hammer. Ruins my Saturday ...
We all have those stories.. my recent one was replacing my friend's spokes that were broken for 3 months. He had THREE MONTHS to fix it, didn't do it though. "Well my garage is full, only got space on the porch to work on the bike." So I guess it's easier to work on the bike on my truck's tailgate.. wait it's easier for ME to do the whole job for him.
He's a buddy, but he's clueless how to work on bikes. And he used to ride the pro class on quads, he knows how to ride a bike well too. Maybe he's just too overwhelmed by the daunting, difficult task of--whatever. Who knows.
Another time there was a guy in the woods, bike broken down. His dirt bike looked like it had never had a single thing done to it. Everything was loose, out of place, not adjusted, etc. Turns out he was stuck because his motor seized, he NEVER ONCE cleaned the air filter. I asked him what his maintenance routine was, and he said "Oh when it breaks, I have the shop fix it."
By Robin of Bletsoe
Please excuse me for creating a new thread, but I enjoyed reading OathKeeper7's post in the Aftermarket Parts and Accessories thread, and the glimpse of his amazing garage, and the insight into his amazing weather!
This forum is brilliant; contributed to by people from all over the world, and it's great seeing your bikes, you, where you live and of course your garages. So please, show us where your CRF lives, and what else is going on in your 'man cave'.
Here's mine, the picture is a few months out of date as the KLX has now been replaced by my beloved CRF. She shares with an '81 Sunbeam Lotus, a '60 Austin Minivan, a '94 RGV250M and an '02 Blade:
I always thought it was a good size, but now I've seen OathKeeper's I'm feeling a little short-changed!