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Old 05-27-2015, 10:43 AM   #1
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what is your "IDIOT!" moment when it comes to working on bikes.

I was kicking the out of this 01 xr 650 I just picked up and it wouldn't ever start. Then the next day I see a key-ish looking thing that has an on and off. What a freaking idiot!!!! I didn't even try to start it I just walked away.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:49 AM   #2
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usually when something catches on fire. or anytime im putting wheels on a sportbike. f all that.
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:19 AM   #3
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usually when something catches on fire. or anytime im putting wheels on a sportbike. f all that.
That's funny because I caught my father in law's Harley on fire a few months ago. Cleaned the petcock and turned on the fuel. Started leaking because the fuel line wasn't on the carb. Turned off fuel, put fuel line back on, and tried to start it without the air filter on. Backfired through the carb and caught the thing on fire. Luckily no damage but it scared the out of me.
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:21 AM   #4
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chad usually is the one who catches stuff on fire in all honesty lolol
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:22 AM   #5
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Well that sucks haha. Was wondering if you ever got it started.
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Helping a guy clean the carb on his 4-wheeler. Didn't really have a clean surface to work on, so we laid all the parts on a piece of newspaper (outside). Gust of wind hit the paper and all the internals went flying into the grass. Never found the main jet. He had to buy a new one.
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Doing a lap of the dirt track and realizing my fuel valve was shut off after the bike died
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Got used to a trailer chock that locked to wheel and held the bike up. Ran it into a chock on another trailer. It was not same. Got off Busa and watched it fall over.
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Old 05-27-2015, 02:19 PM   #11
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I was doing 185 with a passenger once. Hit the rear brake and felt the bike squirm a little. I knew instantly what was wrong. Pulled it onto the stand when I got home and sure as . The rear axle nut was missing. Luckily I was less than a mile from the house. After that I drilled a hole and pit a pin through the nut and axle
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pretty sure i know of a few people who ran bikes after an oil change. with no oil.
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Oh Ive poured fresh oil in before the drain plug was put in lol
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Oh Ive poured fresh oil in before the drain plug was put in lol
! thats a pretty good one. havent seen that first hand yet lmao
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Done it once out of no telling how many changes. I'm sure beer was involved
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on my 400ex the run switch is three positions and it has to be in the middle to start. It took me a couple days to figure it out.
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tried to start an old CB750 in front of a seller for 30 minutes and it wouldn't fire. After seller left i figured out the kill switch was set to off.
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pretty sure i know of a few people who ran bikes after an oil change. with no oil.
Just got finished putting a brand new top end on my 400ex, had it all put back together and cranked it. My uncle goes "did you already put the oil in? I was a teenager and excited to get my bike back running. Luckily it only ran for a few seconds and no damage but that was a dummy moment.
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Did a valve job on my zzr1200, put the valve cover and coils back on, getting ready to put on the gas tank and remembered I forgot to take out the rag I put over the cam chain opening to stop the shims from falling into the motor. At least I remembered before I tried to start it.
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Done this too... I blame it on the whiskey
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