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How I first learned....

Postby tom84std » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:09 am






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Re: How I first learned....

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:24 am

Hey, me too! :) You're not the only one...

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby Mag » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:49 pm

Ya but you got all that understanding of electrical doo dah and bling blop. Me, I am good at throwing tools and cursing a lot, then opening a beer. Gotta admit, due to this site, I have ripped all the plastic off the bike and am pretty damn proud of it. Hmmm, hope I feel the same way when it is all together with no missing pieces or extras for that matter.

Now, if I can not get it together, wife has already said I can get another ride in my stable. YES!

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby trike lady » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:22 pm

As long as I have directions or a manual on the item, I can figure out the problem. :D
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby thrasherg » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:58 pm

trike lady wrote:As long as I have directions or a manual on the item, I can figure out the problem. :D


And this from a lady :lol: :lol:

Just kidding!! My wife will never take directions (at least not from me!!) :oops:

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby themainviking » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:07 pm

I had a parts manual, with exploded diagrams that an adult member of a club gave me. Then I deviated from it because I did not have all the hanging stuff, so I made a chopper. Being a farm kid, I knew my way around fixing stuff on a dime.
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby Big Old Bear » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:07 pm

I hate to admit it, but with the manual in hand, and an over active ego, I tend to drift a bit from the steps, followed by the usual throwing, cursing, and more fluid relief. :evil: . Trike Lady would be proud of my wife who follows the steps. Didn't know she knew anything about cars and bikes, till the day I came home and she had the Civic up on blocks and was finishing replacing the CV joints... following the manual :o :o :D

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby thrasherg » Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:43 pm

Big Old Bear wrote:I hate to admit it, but with the manual in hand, and an over active ego, I tend to drift a bit from the steps, followed by the usual throwing, cursing, and more fluid relief. :evil: . Trike Lady would be proud of my wife who follows the steps. Didn't know she knew anything about cars and bikes, till the day I came home and she had the Civic up on blocks and was finishing replacing the CV joints... following the manual :o :o :D


You have a keeper there!! Mine might get the car up on blocks, but wouldn't go any further than that!! :lol:

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby fixbikes » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:08 pm

+2 on keepers.
Some years back, on a Sunday night, I wanted to get some supplies prior to heading out on the road for a week. Starter on the car piled up, starter drive quit. Left my wife a note to that effect, (I am not nuts enough to wake her up with bad news), got in the truck and left at 4:00 a.m. Later Monday morning, she pulls the starter, cracks it open, walks to the parts store, and tells them what car she has, and what she wants. Man behind counter looks at a this 5'8" blonde of about 145 lbs, and tries to sell her a rebuilt starter. After she tore a few strips off him, he sheepishly sold her a starter drive at dealer discount and got one of the delivery guys to drive her back to the house. When I called her that night, she told me the story, and told me I owed her for the 2 HOURS SHE WAS LATE FOR WORK!
(For the record, it was a 1977 Pontiac Astre.)

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby tom84std » Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:52 am

I'm a little worried. I've spent thirty years working with machinery. I'm a trained welder. I've spent over a decade as a millwright. I'm an avid electronic hobbiest and am formally trained in that field. I've spent the last fourty years of my life turning wrenches and soldering joints and building things.
Today I went to replace those short throttle cables from Saber with the correct ones from Bike Bandit. In the process things were more difficult than I remember them being. It took longer to thread a nut and simple things took longer to figure out. I did not finish the job but left the carb ends unattached and just gave up. I've always been a wrench turner. In my 20's I maintained and repaired supersonic jets in the USAF. Now it takes me ten minutes to thread a nut onto a bolt? I'm thinking that crash last April on my BSA and the head injury may have damaged something I diddn't know about. I'm going to see my VA doctor.

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby themainviking » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:05 am

Let us know what you find out, as I have the same problem, marginally, and I attributed it to getting older. I also have been turning wrenches since about six years old, being a farm kid and all, and am a qualified millwright. I understand the principles of electricity, although have never had formal training in such. I never worked on airplanes, but began building motorcycles at the age of fourteen. I get really frustrated trying to thread nuts onto threaded ends sometimes. It is mostly when I cannot put the thread right in front of my eyes and have to go by feel. So, I would be interested in what you discover when you see your VA doctor, as my regular doctor is useless in this. He agrees with it being a factor of age, which to me just may be a cop out, or it may be correct, in which case, I may have a touch of Alzheimer's. Or maybe I am just a grumpy old man, lmao. Nawwwww - not me. :lol:
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby tom84std » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:38 pm

Viking, I don't know if it's the same thing or not. In 1978 I had a really bad crash on my Bonneville involving a careless car driver. I took a good slam on the right side of my head and it caused paralysis in my left arm and leg. To this day I can't feel my left hand and I can't use it unless I'm watching it. Makes it difficult to do something like reach behind something to start a bolt or nut.

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby themainviking » Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:44 pm

Naw, it probably ain't the same thing. I have no numbness, just can't seem to get a nut square on a thread if I can't see it. I do know it has to do with some nerve or muscle control due to some of the pounds of flesh that the road has eaten over the years.
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:41 am

i was 13yrs old and had a hodaka wombat that ended up in the submerged lake. i was thinking that my dad would just put the bike in the shop but he fooled me and came home with a shop manual and gasket kit then left me to my own demise
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby wjnfirearms » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:12 am

I'm basically like you guys also. Self taught and graduated from the "College of Hard Knocks". I've been a gearhead since I was a young child and turning wrenches came naturally. I got bike fever in my late teens and never recovered. Now, I have two tool chests full to capacity plus extra power ones. I actually know how to use every tool in the workshop. There are actually two workshops here. One is the outdoor building where the Wing now sits being repaired and the indoor one next to our home office where mostly cleaner repairs get done like electronic, etc.

What is funny is that over the years, sometimes working on cars becomes a chore where it didn't as often before. With the bikes, still a labor of love. Go figure.
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby jtm1500 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:33 pm

Hey Viking, I feel your pain! I have taken to slowly turning nuts backward (counter-clockwise) slowly until I feel it 'drop' onto the first thread and then turning it clockwise...almost never fails! Becomes second nature after 13-21 times! Good luck!

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby twostrokes48 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:19 pm

Here I thought I was the only one.....Figured I sometimes only function on half dozen brain cells. Don't know why my brain has such a difficult time. I was trained in electronic in the Navy, was a commsystech controller most of my time. Got away from it for years (75-87) then landed a job with Ford Aerospace working back in electronics and did ok...It all came back in a couple weeks. Now, I can't figure much out about computer, can't hook up my stereo/tv/dvd/ etc etc....Can't program anything, can't operate my phone, except to make calls.

Workin on the bikes..I gotta have book, photos, lots of photos, closeup shots, or I'm lost. 25years ago, I worked on my bikes and did most all repairs except tearing into the engine...Only because I never had an engine problem that required it..Didn't realize how much I had forgotton until I started trying to do things myself again..DO NOT LIKE THIS....

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby redial » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:29 pm

I have taken to slowly turning nuts backward (counter-clockwise) slowly until I feel it 'drop' onto the first thread and then turning it clockwise...almost never fails! Becomes second nature after 13-21 times! Good luck!


It doesnt work for gas fittings (propane or LPG), as they all have left hand threads. So if you are connecting up for a BBQ, be aware that it is a LH thread.
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby bustedwing » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:41 pm

Viking and tom84, since my accident I have had numbness on the top side of both my hands and my fingers starting from the little finger to the index finger and it gets a little less tingling. I just had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand, even tho I couldn't feel it, but got a little sensation back to two fingers. Did no good to the top of the hand but did help two fingers. Just a thought.
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby patbrandon1 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:35 pm

I believe that I sometimes don't do as much, as quickly as I used to. But I think it has a little bit to do with all the information up in my noggin that needs to be sorted through. Yes, physically, there have been changes to this old body, but I do actually believe it has to do with crowding among the few brain cells I do have left.

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby bustedwing » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:26 pm

Mine had a Playboy but I had the same look on my face. That's why it took me so long to learn the mechanical works of either one.
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Re: How I first learned....

Postby Mag » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:34 pm

bustedwing wrote:Mine had a Playboy but I had the same look on my face. That's why it took me so long to learn the mechanical works of either one.


That was funny, mine was sorta the same :shock:

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Re: How I first learned....

Postby Mag » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:34 pm

bustedwing wrote:Mine had a Playboy but I had the same look on my face. That's why it took me so long to learn the mechanical works of either one.


That was funny, mine was sorta the same :shock:




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