Cheap arse ways of keeping your Bike going...

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TeeJay
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Cheap arse ways of keeping your Bike going...

Have you ever been so broke that you have done some of the most stupidist things just so you can ride another weekend.?   You may have needed to do some Bush Repairs out of neccessity when you have been stuck in the bush or broken down somewhere.

When on Trail Bikes in my youth we used to turn our Sprockets around to get a little more life from them.  Desperately worn out chains had a link removed to shorten them instead of replacing them.    Broken Tail light lenses were often covered with Red Cellophane.   A mate broke his Throttle Cable so he exposed it and rode home Pulling on it to Accellerate.   You all know how sensitive a bikes Throttle can be and probably realise why it is wrapped around a HandleBar, Imagine how difficult matching revs with the clutch would be...

I know another bloke who sat down with a carton of beer and a wheel that needed to be ReSpoked and nearly went insane.   It ended up being the most misshapen thing I have ever seen,,, But beautifully Chromed...

Some of you know Micheal on his red H.D. Sportster, He once strapped a large green Moto Cross Number Plate to his Headligtht and Dash with Zip Ties so he could determine whether or not he should spend any real money on a small screen or not.   It took him over a year to make up his mind, I suspect it eventually fell off.   It was around the same time he was wearing leather Gardening Gloves when he rode....

Surely some of you will have similar stories to share, C'mon Wachoogot.!!

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I shore have

I shore have,,I ran around on my norton for years with everything braking or caming lose,, but somehow it always got me home with a peace of wire holding on a header pip, becouse the thread on the port was stripped (comon) and yes thoadle cable and clutch cables bracking,, I always carry a spear clutch cable in my headlight.

Electrial probs all the time,,, tank off and on 5 times a day,, kicking and kicking,, but always got it going and got home.

Oil lines poping off the filter and covering the back wheel and taking a slow right hander went into a big tank slap trying to control slipping back wheel,,, came off that time,, almost sized the bike another 2 times on the way to a rally in NSW,,, becouse of that oil line.

Broken clutch leaver but it snapped at the handle bar clamp,, so we cable tied the hole thing back on to the bent handle bars,,I was riding to a rally in NSW, still road more than 1400 k's, all the way there and home, this all happened on one ride .

By the time I got home, I was so stressed out , I went out and brought a new triumph/speedmaster a week later Haha.

I just wanted a bike I didnt have to fix on the road anymore.

After that I pushed the Norton into the rebuild room in my house and fixed the bastered,,, now shes good as gold,, but I rode that thing everywhere for about 4 year with more storys like this,,, I'm  amazing how I keeped that bike going.

 

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fuel shortage

I remember once trail bike riding with a mate in the bush and I ran off of fuel. He had some fuel in his tank but how do I get it into mine with only a scew driver.

I removed the indicator cover to use as a cup. Pulled the fuel hose off and filled it up. It took a little time but it was the country way. 

MAD

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Haha did you see that Bush
Haha did you see that Bush Mechanics show where they bypassed the crook fuel pump through the wimdscreen washer pump? Wish I had that imagination
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Yup!

My poor old Daytona 900 towards the end of it's days had wooden footpegs and I once went for a slide down the freeway, trying to get home to watch the drew carey show. Didn't realize I had ground a hole through the clutch cover till smoko the next day at work. So I pulled the cover off, cleaned it up and siliconed a bit of sheetmetal inside it. Then piled the silicone all around the outside. That lasted for 40000Km's when the old beast finally retired.

Tomcat
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get home cheap fixes

a half chewed mintie will seal a leaking petrol tank

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 I've found , that a low

 I've found , that a low top and a good pair of heels will stop the passing traffic and get you heaps of assistance when things are looking grim 

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Dont know if that would work

Dont know if that would work for me , i might just stick with RACQ

Only use high heal`s on big nite`s out

mwmad
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Grim?

That does not sound like it would be grim? I like to hear a lady knows how to get what she needs.

Thats not grim. The situation sound good from my end. just hope I see you looking grim.

MAD

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me too!

I did that throttle thing too. Pull and push depending on if I wanted juice or not - only a few k's though across the city to home, from work.

Also remember taking a dip stick from a japaneze bike and cutting off the stick part cuz the top part fit as a plug  for my little Spanish racer (also metric)...

 

TeeJay
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JANNN!!!

Cantuckee wrote:

Also remember taking a dip stick from a japaneze bike and cutting off the stick part cuz the top part fit as a plug  for my little Spanish racer (also metric)...

 

I do hope that you didn't steal that Dipstick.......   The poor bastard would've started his bike and got his leg covered in oil and then no way of getting home.

Go on Jan , tell us it was one of your 'spare' bikes, go on....  

 

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no test light

Used to frequent the RE n Regatta (pubs) a long time ago, flew home from work scoffed down dinner jumped on the duke & the headlight wasnt working &  I did not have a test light so thought of when I was a bit younger sticking my tongue on little 9v batteries & getting a tingle so did the sums 9volts tingle so what could  12v do luckily I left my helmet on to save time & pulled out the head light bulb & stuck my tongue down into the socket faaaaaaaaaarrrrkkkkkkkk I think the helmet kept my skull intact  & my eyes went like dinner plates (pretty big for my pissy little things) so I didnt have a spare bulb but by then I could see in the dark & cannot remember being able to blink for awhile so just rode to the pub to drink away the headache.

Definitely do not recomend this cheap arse way buy a cheap test light instead.

Cobungra
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Now I get it!

ROFL that's blooody funny.. (ouch)

Thanks

And NOW I know what Ducati owners are doing up that close tro their bikes! 

All along I though it was some weird sex act.

...hmm the light _was_ broken wasn't it....?

;-)

 

 

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