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#1: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 01:56:57 by Dennis Peterson

Yer never too old to screw the pooch. In prep for the ride from Seattle
to Ohio I stopped by the dealer and bought a bunch of oil, a filter,
o-rings, inspection plate gasket, complete lamp set, and a pair of spark
plugs. Basic stuff followed - put the bike on the lift, drain the oil,
loosen the filler cap to let in the air, pull the filter and screw on
the new one, replace the drain plug o-ring and clean up the plug's
magnet. No big chunks stuck to it. Reinstall it with torque wrench. Put
in 3 quarts of oil, put in the dip stick in place and crank it over to
fill the filter. Spill some drained oil on the drive, toss cat litter on
it, put in the last quart of oil, put the funnel and empties away and
wipe shit up, change the plugs, take it for a road check of 5 miles,
park it in the drive and do a leak check and shit shit shit there's no
dip stick. Nothing but a hole where it goes, and friking oil on
everything. FAAAK!

Backing up a few steps, I see I din't finish the job. The dipstick was
still sitting on the foot rest at the beginning of that 5 mile check
ride. It stayed there for about 100' before it hit the asphalt. It
landed along side the road and wasn't damaged so I cleaned it up and put
it in. Looks like I need another quart of H-D S3 Synth to replace what
collected in my saddle bag and all parts aft of the filler hole. That
shit ain't cheap.

Rule #2 - finish the job.

Wasn't all bad - the new plugs work great. A fellow slug sent me some SE
slip-ons which I also slipped on and all my HP is back. I'd pulled the
V&H mufflers because the stuffing was blown out and put the stock
mufflers on it. That 103" motah just isn't happy with that but it seems
to love those SE doods. It's still pretty loud but not as bad as with
the blown-out V&H.

The temperature in the area is 90+ again today and I hit a couple
pockets of stagnant air that was over 100. I like the warm for a change.
Was wondering if summer was ever going to get here.

dp

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#2: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 02:39:25 by John Thomas Smith

On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 16:56:57 -0700, Dennis Peterson
&lt;<a href="mailto:dennispe&#64;inetnw.com" target="_blank">dennispe&#64;inetnw.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;snip
&gt;Backing up a few steps, I see I din't finish the job

First street motorcycle I bought, many years ago, I rode to
work and parked in front of a group and stepped off... and
then picked it up and set the side stand (at least this was
early in my &quot;learn on a ricer&quot; days, so I could lift it up)
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#3: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 04:22:13 by Terry Coombs

Dennis Peterson wrote:
&gt; Yer never too old to screw the pooch. In prep for the ride from
&gt; Seattle to Ohio I stopped by the dealer and bought a bunch of oil, a
&gt; filter, o-rings, inspection plate gasket, complete lamp set, and a
&gt; pair of spark plugs. Basic stuff followed - put the bike on the lift,
&gt; drain the oil, loosen the filler cap to let in the air, pull the
&gt; filter and screw on the new one, replace the drain plug o-ring and
&gt; clean up the plug's magnet. No big chunks stuck to it. Reinstall it
&gt; with torque wrench. Put in 3 quarts of oil, put in the dip stick in
&gt; place and crank it over to fill the filter. Spill some drained oil on
&gt; the drive, toss cat litter on it, put in the last quart of oil, put
&gt; the funnel and empties away and wipe shit up, change the plugs, take
&gt; it for a road check of 5 miles, park it in the drive and do a leak
&gt; check and shit shit shit there's no dip stick. Nothing but a hole
&gt; where it goes, and friking oil on everything. FAAAK!
&gt;
&gt; Backing up a few steps, I see I din't finish the job. The dipstick was
&gt; still sitting on the foot rest at the beginning of that 5 mile check
&gt; ride. It stayed there for about 100' before it hit the asphalt. It
&gt; landed along side the road and wasn't damaged so I cleaned it up and
&gt; put it in. Looks like I need another quart of H-D S3 Synth to replace
&gt; what collected in my saddle bag and all parts aft of the filler hole.
&gt; That shit ain't cheap.
&gt;
&gt; Rule #2 - finish the job.
&gt;
&gt; Wasn't all bad - the new plugs work great. A fellow slug sent me some
&gt; SE slip-ons which I also slipped on and all my HP is back. I'd pulled
&gt; the V&amp;H mufflers because the stuffing was blown out and put the stock
&gt; mufflers on it. That 103&quot; motah just isn't happy with that but it
&gt; seems to love those SE doods. It's still pretty loud but not as bad
&gt; as with the blown-out V&amp;H.
&gt;
&gt; The temperature in the area is 90+ again today and I hit a couple
&gt; pockets of stagnant air that was over 100. I like the warm for a
&gt; change. Was wondering if summer was ever going to get here.
&gt;
&gt; dp

If your V&amp;H muffs have removable baffles , try wrapping a half-thickness
of R-13 in place of the blown out stuff . I've been looking for replacement
packing for a few months without success , finally decided to try that R-13
, figgering that 'glass is 'glass ...(mine ain't V&amp;H) .
I gots my mellow growl back . Of course it prolly won't last , I forgot to
sweep and scrub the driveway first . Isn't rule #1 &quot;No Dirt!&quot; ?
--
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Snag aka OSG #1
'76 FLH &quot;Bag Lady&quot;
BS132 SENS NEWT
&quot;A hand shift is a manly shift .&quot;
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#4: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 06:21:12 by SteveI

John Thomas Smith wrote:
&gt; On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 16:56:57 -0700, Dennis Peterson
&gt; &lt;<a href="mailto:dennispe&#64;inetnw.com" target="_blank">dennispe&#64;inetnw.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt; snip
&gt;&gt; Backing up a few steps, I see I din't finish the job
&gt;
&gt; First street motorcycle I bought, many years ago, I rode to
&gt; work and parked in front of a group and stepped off... and
&gt; then picked it up and set the side stand (at least this was
&gt; early in my &quot;learn on a ricer&quot; days, so I could lift it up)
&gt; TigerJohn aka
&gt; John Thomas Smith

Thank you for fixing your header........


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#5: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 17:03:13 by Tud

Dennis Peterson wrote:

&lt;snip the oil change&gt;

&gt; Backing up a few steps, I see I din't finish the job. The dipstick was
&gt; still sitting on the foot rest at the beginning of that 5 mile check
&gt; ride. It stayed there for about 100' before it hit the asphalt.

Shitty. Luckily it was just a 5 mile run.

I picked up some oil last night on the way to a company shindig with the
plan of putting it in the bike now that the old stuff is drained. The wife
went out to her mother's where the boys spent the night, I didn't think to
get the oil out of the van before she left. Got the day to myself and no
oil to put in the bike.

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#6: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 17:49:47 by Spunky the Tuna

On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 19:56:57 -0400, Dennis Peterson wrote:


&gt; Backing up a few steps, I see I din't finish the job. The dipstick was
&gt; still sitting on the foot rest at the beginning of that 5 mile check
&gt; ride. It stayed there for about 100' before it hit the asphalt. It
&gt; landed along side the road and wasn't damaged so I cleaned it up and put
&gt; it in. Looks like I need another quart of H-D S3 Synth to replace what
&gt; collected in my saddle bag and all parts aft of the filler hole. That
&gt; shit ain't cheap.

Oops! Glad to see I'm not the only old fart who makes junior mistakes. Do
the TC's dipstick screw in or just pop in? It's always been a reminder to me
that I've over filled the oil on an Evo when it blows the dipstick across the
garage/over a parked car/into a gulley/into hyperspace from whence it never
returns.

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always steer toward the llamas...

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#7: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 19:28:22 by Dennis Peterson

Spunky the Tuna wrote:
&gt; On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 19:56:57 -0400, Dennis Peterson wrote:
&gt;
&gt;
&gt;&gt; Backing up a few steps, I see I din't finish the job. The dipstick was
&gt;&gt; still sitting on the foot rest at the beginning of that 5 mile check
&gt;&gt; ride. It stayed there for about 100' before it hit the asphalt. It
&gt;&gt; landed along side the road and wasn't damaged so I cleaned it up and put
&gt;&gt; it in. Looks like I need another quart of H-D S3 Synth to replace what
&gt;&gt; collected in my saddle bag and all parts aft of the filler hole. That
&gt;&gt; shit ain't cheap.
&gt;
&gt; Oops! Glad to see I'm not the only old fart who makes junior mistakes. Do
&gt; the TC's dipstick screw in or just pop in? It's always been a reminder to me
&gt; that I've over filled the oil on an Evo when it blows the dipstick across the
&gt; garage/over a parked car/into a gulley/into hyperspace from whence it never
&gt; returns.
&gt;

That in fact was my first thought - and you can't tell if you've
over-filled it until you find the damn thing :) It's a plug-in. Probably
for us old pharts who are prone to over-filling.

I think I might be tempted to put a lanyard on it after a quick chat
with the dealer revealed they had zip in stock except for the new
digital variety that boots Windows or Linux and has a terabyte of ram
for all your mp3's, bluetooth gps feed, not to mention broadband
wireless. The clip-on heads-up display for your sunglasses is extra. Oh,
and it tells you what your oil temperature is. I decided I'd wait to
find one laying on the highway.

dp

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#8: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 22:59:36 by unknown

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#9: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-23 23:19:47 by Tinman

Dennis Peterson wrote:
&lt;snip the funny stuff&gt;

Well, I'm glad it wasn't one of the &quot;other&quot; kinds of rookie mistakes,
Dennis. The kind that would have negated yer PSA.


&gt;
&gt; The temperature in the area is 90+ again today and I hit a couple
&gt; pockets of stagnant air that was over 100. I like the warm for a
&gt; change. Was wondering if summer was ever going to get here.

It's here. Boy is it here. Rained this morning and the temperature
dropped to a breezy 107 degrees. Rain stopped. Went for a putt and it's
now up to 113; with a heck of a lot of humidity.

On a good note I got Debbie to go out on the new bike (in the heat) too.
Definitely would not have been cool to have the dog on it before she got
a ride (watch it folks!).


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#10: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-24 01:05:10 by oldcarfart

I alway keep my Evo 1/2 qt. low after a heads up from a riding buddy.




Spunky the Tuna wrote:
&gt; On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 19:56:57 -0400, Dennis Peterson wrote:
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; &gt; Backing up a few steps, I see I din't finish the job. The dipstick was
&gt; &gt; still sitting on the foot rest at the beginning of that 5 mile check
&gt; &gt; ride. It stayed there for about 100' before it hit the asphalt. It
&gt; &gt; landed along side the road and wasn't damaged so I cleaned it up and put
&gt; &gt; it in. Looks like I need another quart of H-D S3 Synth to replace what
&gt; &gt; collected in my saddle bag and all parts aft of the filler hole. That
&gt; &gt; shit ain't cheap.
&gt;
&gt; Oops! Glad to see I'm not the only old fart who makes junior mistakes. Do
&gt; the TC's dipstick screw in or just pop in? It's always been a reminder to me
&gt; that I've over filled the oil on an Evo when it blows the dipstick across the
&gt; garage/over a parked car/into a gulley/into hyperspace from whence it never
&gt; returns.
&gt;
&gt; --
&gt; Spunky the Tuna
&gt; always steer toward the llamas...

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#11: Re: Rookie mistake

Posted on 2006-07-24 01:05:10 by snarl

On 23 Jul 2006 16:09:11 -0700, <a href="mailto:oldcarfart&#64;aol.com" target="_blank">oldcarfart&#64;aol.com</a> wrote:

&gt;I alway keep my Evo 1/2 qt. low after a heads up from a riding buddy.

Groovy, quit top posting.

Snarl

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