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Old 01-14-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Inspect your bike often

I'm behind on this post, bare with me, I've been riding....

I ride all weekend long, no matter what we're doing, church, moving, going out, etc... rain or shine(no exaggeration) and rain is only time my bike gets cleaned... I have a tiburon and a mercedes no one knows about...

So I was getting a noise which I figured was from the engine...

Even during the HRP drag races, Greg on his Vmax, driving down the pit heard my bike pop when I took off from the tree; mind you his bike isn't quiet.

I knew my chain was getting dry since I do park it outside, 12k miles since May. Apparently my chain was stretched at 13k miles, sprocket teeth rounded off; I was over due for a a/m air filter and PCM map... My rear brakes, which I use for flashing as I ride, were metal-to-metal...

Needless to say, Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited, need I say more, helped me out and found the chain being stretched... the map woke up the busa(ya, oxymoron but I notice the difference...)


Now lets keep in mind I'm a master tech over at BMW; so if anyone knows better, I do... This was a wake up for me to keep my eyes open a little more instead of spending all my time on riding...


I'm urging everyone to review owners manuals, possibly take the Motorcycles Unlimited class and consider the TLC our babies require but we may neglect...





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Old 01-14-2008, 08:56 PM   #2
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:59 PM   #3
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Yea the guys i ride with just hop on thier bikes with out any TLC or even doing a quick once over before they ride.....i am always them because almost everytime they show up at my house i can spot a problem and we have to fix it first...
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:33 PM   #4
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Its sad I make my living pointing out and fixing problems for others, and I'm relentless when it comes to body work and accidents.

My exwife lost her son in an accident in a bimmer... split in half when hit at about 30mph... It's been an ongoing mission of the heart.

I was laughing when Patrick pulled me back to see my brakes and the chain... I couldn't believe it... As safe as I do ride usually, and how much I hound others.... ironic to say the least...
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Very good post and excellent timing man!

You should be adjusting and lubing the chain every 500 or at least once a month. Check your tire pressure often (if not every time you ride) especially with the temp changes we've been having.
When was the last time anyone checked that stupid thing called oil level???

Sorry to hear about your ex's loss man thats a hard one.

BTW which dealership do you work at?
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:07 PM   #6
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I clean and inspect my bike after every ride..........and inspect it again before I leave the house on the next ride.
Very good post!!!!
Some people I'm sure have had they're bike sitting for the last month or so......it's a good time to go over it again.
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Master tech/team leader at i45/1960 BMW.

I jump and go every night, not the wisest; sat and sunday I will not even go home, usually out all day from one activity to the next... leaving the bikes outside killed the chain but so did my ridingapparently there are better bikes to wheelie with frequently, even though I have it raked to prevent pop ups...
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I clean and inspect my bike after every ride..........and inspect it again before I leave the house on the next ride.
Very good post!!!!
Some people I'm sure have had they're bike sitting for the last month or so......it's a good time to go over it again.
Thank you guys for the help! I have a chain splitter but not a press;
Plus I just as rather drop off and pick up... Im not good to my own vehicles I will admit. There isn't anything left stock on the tiburon; the MB is stock only cuz my best friend drives it and she doesn't let me come close to it
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I already knew Motorcycles Unlimited was a knowledgeable, established business but I stood back in awe at the experience and friendliness as I and my friend greg had our bikes looked over/worked on.

And I had a great time coloring w the lil one too....

All my fourth graders and eighty other kids from church are on a break from our mid-week service so I've been missing my playtime....

And I have issues w the map you put in my busa's PCM... darned wheel wont stay down... my usual 600 riding buds are jealous...(runs smooth, low-rpm bucking non-existant and smooth throttle all the way through...)

Thanks again, I'm an Motorcycles Unlimited believer...
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Kind of reminds of the old addage, the Doctor's kids are sick, the shoemaker's kids are barefoot, etc.

Man, I hunt all over my bike for problems. A part breaking or bad in the garage is unfortunate, but it is unforgiving at speeds.
I clean and lube my chain every two weeks just to be safe. If I see something on a tire that I can't answer, Motorcycles Unlimited is changing that bad boy. I guess I follow the phylisophy that with a bike and it's lack of equipment (compared to a car) and the way that I find myself driving most of the time (compared to a car), I don't want to find out the hard way that the ground is harder than I think it is.

I would never throw stones, I am just saying what my personal philosophyis.
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I have a tiburon and a mercedes no one knows about...

Now lets keep in mind I'm a master tech over at BMW
BMW Master Tech owning a benz? Oh I love it
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my best friend needed a car and it was the right price. She like a sister to me so its in my name, credit, insurance and I pay for it...I like it; plus I wouldn't buy a bmw w our past experience, not that I don't trust the cars, just upsetting in the stomach...

And before you ask, I don't need more close friends to buy benz's for...
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BUUUUUUUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ya, im a kawi tech and i always tell customers to do the same, check PSI lube chain every 600mi. etc...

well today was really slow, i had NOTHING to do, i pul my own bike and give it a check over...
-psi wayyyy low. like 24. arent i a jackass...
-front brakes getting thin, will need new in a month or less.
-oil a tad low, oil leak on valve cover gaskets getting worse. side covers starting to leak as well.
-STILL need new fork seals. been putting it off forever, cause im building another bike, but . it stopped leaking... which is not a good thing. i dont think there any more fluid in there!!!!

its basicly a throw-away bike, i may rebuild it for fun, but regardless, im not putting forth a good example.

CHECK YOUR CHIT FOLKS! I BET WE CANT COUNT ON OUR HANDS THE NUMBER OF MH MEMBERS WHO HAVE GONE DOWN, TOTALLED BIKES, GOT INJURED OR DIED DUE TO NEGLIGENT MAINTENANCE!!!!!!!!!!!
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my best friend needed a car and it was the right price. She like a sister to me so its in my name, credit, insurance and I pay for it...I like it; plus I wouldn't buy a bmw w our past experience, not that I don't trust the cars, just upsetting in the stomach...

And before you ask, I don't need more close friends to buy benz's for...
! you beat me to it I was going to ask for an AMGCLS65 if you were still in a giving mood. Its all good though, I'm an audi guy
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This is so true, I should really do some stuff to the ol' 250.
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