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Unread post by The549 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:19 pm

March 7th:
After work and school I drive over to the garage below Ryan and Gina's house, and dismantle a few more things. I get the clutch plates off. Brake levers off....bought a few parts to fix the wobble and none work. Buy metal to make a clutch removal tool.

Talked to Gina alone for a while till Ryan came home, and we all got drunk watching TV. I got really really drunk, apparently. I ended up sleeping at home, just like normal. :|

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Unread post by The549 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:23 pm

March 08, 2007. It's yesterday, according to myself right now. Yesterday, I got off class and rode my bicycle to the garage, and used my newly made clutch removal tool to try and remove the clutch nut. No luck. The valve covers were also not coming off. Called my Boss, and we formulated a plan of attack to happen today, March 09th. I have a band practice and him a family (I win 8)), so hopefully we can fit it in.

What is happening? I want some rum.

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Unread post by The549 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:30 pm

Wow, it's been WAY TOO long since I've ridden! But it's gonna come together today! I haven't been drinking! I haven't been sleeping....

Today, today, we'll get the valve covers off, the clutch nut off, some other random bits fixed, and then I'm riding off into the sunset.

Or driving back to my apartment.... :x

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Unread post by The549 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 12:24 pm

Welll...I got the valve cover off, and the clutch nut off. The clutch is fine, and I now know how to check my valves. My chain tension is fine, so the clunking must be coming from the gearbox. I don't know if I want to try and split the gear box to find out....my friend who's helping me tells me that it's fine.

Also since I used RTV as a temporary gasket, I have to wait a day to start it up, so I hope, hope, hope, hope that everything will work again when I put it back together. That should happen Sunday.

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Unread post by The549 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:37 am

It works!!! It's now a BIT better than it was, because I reassembled the cam chain tensioner a bit better than it was, but unfortunately it'll leak until I get a proper gasket.

In other news I heard a Ducati Monster today - I think it had after market pipes. HOLY 5HIT!!!!! That sound demolished any Harley I've ever heard! My God, that was impressive.

Ok, one last thing. I apparently lost my brake lever screw, so no front brake. I think I can make it home without it...but hopefully I'll just find it.

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Unread post by The549 » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:09 pm

So right now, the bike is propped up in my friend's garage without the front wheel on. The shocks blew and I don't even know if I have the money to fix it, or to put the money in my car to run around and get a few parts for it....hmmm.

I hope it doens't fall over while I'm back here at home.

Also, I noticed it was having a hard time idling and seemed to be running rich....so I took out the airbox and am running it without.

I've decided I need to refocus on school, so the moto is on "simmer" right now, but I'll put up some pics of it soon!

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Unread post by The549 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:16 pm

Ok, so here are some after-the-fact photos:

here is where I am working:
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Here is what a self photo looks like on an asian day. I'm here solo, as always.
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disk brakes are dangling (I KNOW I'm gonna have a hard time getting them back on...)
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I was cheap...
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but I'm in my element at least:
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they work together...here's a rear brake lock:
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and here it is:
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taking the shocks for a spin around town - to find sandpaper
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how to burn off stubborn fuel lines.
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and fix parts that annoy or confuse
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All with the help of some of the most important tools:
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Unread post by The549 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:41 am

WOW, bikebandit says that the order has been delivered (apt office) already! If I can get them to open the office tomorrow, I can have everything put together....a lonely night tonight could have been avoided.

Alcohol is far from being a depressant for me. God I hope when I put the seals together again it actually works...pray.

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Unread post by The549 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:01 pm

So I got everthing put back together. Found out that 20 weight oil is actually very...heavy. My shocks are really stiff and I'm probably going to swap that out for 15.

Excited to be (once....again....) I rode it around some roads in the middle of nowhere at 1am, enjoying the desolate night. As my mind wandered, I started to wonder when the thing would break down again. Hmmm. What will it be?
The answer came in form of me twisting the throttle, I think a common answer for a confusing subject among our motorcycle brothers. Except the thing bogged badly, and, a few seconds after that, would only run when at about an idle rpm.

So I idled it as far as I could, which ended up being an intersection in the middle of nowhere, slightly better than nothing in the middle of nowhere. The bike shut off. I think I was out of gas.

Anyways, 40 minutes later, my friend (who was having a bad night previously) was pouring gas into my tank, and I had him sit on it. He was urging me to let him ride it, and the short of it was - I let him. I was freaked out. I knew the negative probabilities were scary, no matter what I told him. I didn't tell him enough, and he didn't listen to me, anyway. I tried to make him repeat after me "to stop, grab the two front levers". He wouldn't say it. How are you supposed to teach lead singers of punk rock bands this kind of stuff anyway?

Anyway, he of course gives it a good amount of throttle, lets the clutch out too quickly, and wobbles/jerks badly, which made me think he was going to crash. There goes my bike, and my night. Somehow...he didn't, and soon disappeared into the night, along the long straight road ahead. The road was completely empty, and there was hundreds of feet of flat on either side. It would be near impossible to die, but of course he could get hurt easily. That's what I told him anyway.

After taking his time to turn around and come back, he finally gets back and stops in front of me - 5mph......3mph......1mph.....stop......leeeeaaaaaannnnnnn......ohhhhhhmanit'sgoingovershit!
I shouted "engine kill! engine kill!" - and turned off the engine as he was unsuccessfully struggling to keep it up. It ended up laying down nice and slow like it was done on purpose. Right. Picked it up, and rode home. It was 3AM, and I ate a burrito.

He now requires a motorcycle. It was wrong, unsafe, incorrect, irresponsible, improbable, but now we are one more. 8)

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Unread post by Apollofrost » Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:36 pm

The549 wrote: He now requires a motorcycle. It was wrong, unsafe, incorrect, irresponsible, improbable, but now we are one more. 8)
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Unread post by The549 » Thu May 03, 2007 2:49 am

Yes, that night I certainly learned that bikes really like to GO, not stop. Case in point that the only other time a bike of mine was dropped was when my younger bro forgot how to stop from 3 mph in the driveway.

Anyways, lately I've been using my bike as my daily driver. That's pretty darn good for $800 and $200 in repairs.

I rebuilt the forks a few weeks ago...and they haven't leaked since! I'm very happy about that.

Right now, the bike is covered in trash bags, because it's raining and the fairings are off for repairs. This summer I want to really clean this bike up and repaint everything.

All the squids are out in my area now, I have to correct myself in that I actually get a LOT more waves from ninjas than popeyes. So it goes (rest in peace, fame deserved, talent, uniqueness, sadness, optimism, and happiness Mister Vonnegut).

I'm so much better at motorcycling, and looking back, I was pretty reckless, but still only 5% as reckless as some people I know would be.

Oh yes, and after I fixed the forks, I rode it 2 hours over to my parents place. My dad now knows that I ride a motorcycle. My mom still has my old one in her garage next to the locked chain she put around it. And she's coming off her own riding accident (equestrian), but her sanity is important to me. If any one reads this and has advice...actually...I think I'll just post a topic somewhere.

So I'll end this update by saying: I would hope that if I rode for looks, which I feel a lot of people do....that I wouldn't ride around with a trash bag stuck to the back of my bike.

Right now, I'm finishing the school semester and reviewing a band management contract offer. My friend is getting a divorce. My other friend's sister :? is calling me (I'm absolutely not a womanizer or smoothi in any possible way, either). My punk band has two songs coming out on a local label. I should probably tell them that I have a possible management deal with a completely different band. :? My bike has reached an equilibrium of rattle. I taped a slick wooden Buddha on top of my computer monitor. I've downloaded a bunch of indie Kate Winselt movies. An english girl called me her "mate" today. Life is starting to live again, and no it's not because of the weather. I'm not a lizard, and every day it rains I go out for a ride.

pics in a few minutes.

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Unread post by The549 » Thu May 03, 2007 3:22 am

Buddha

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Classy. (It was a dirty day. Please forgive my dirty bike!)
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I can't wait to really give this bike the time it deserves. I'm realyl impressed by the engine sitting in this thing. It just....works. It lives to want to work, and it does.

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Unread post by The549 » Fri May 18, 2007 2:00 am

At this point in time, I'm still riding my Zephyr as my main transportation. I'm liking its fuel economy (45ish). I'm very lonely, and I use the bike to help create my own world, extending its boundaries beyond my sad thick skull. I have a lot of things on my mind, and I wish I could write them down, but I'm too down to do it. I'm posting some lyrics to a song that's stuck in my head. I'm going crazy, and there's only one person in on it. I'm going crazy. I'm so anxious to clean up my bike, do a few more fixes, and head east.

Roll Me Away - Bob Seger

Took a look down a westbound road,
Right away I made my choice
Headed out to my big two-wheeler,
I was tired of my own voice
Took a bead on the northern plains
And just rolled that power on

Twelve hours out of mackinaw city
Stopped in a bar to have a brew
Met a girl and we had a few drinks
And I told her what Id decided to do
She looked out the window a long long moment
Then she looked into my eyes
She didn't have to say a thing,
I knew what she was thinkin

Roll, roll me away,
Wont you roll me away tonight
I too am lost, I feel double-crossed
And Im sick of whats wrong and whats right
We never even said a word,
We just walked out and got on that bike
And we rolled
And we rolled clean out of sight

We rolled across the high plains
Deep into the mountains
Felt so good to me
Finally feelin free

Somewhere along a high road
The air began to turn cold
She said she missed her home
I headed on alone

Stood alone on a mountain top,
Starin out at the great divide
I could go east, I could go west,
It was all up to me to decide
Just then I saw a young hawk flyin
And my soul began to rise
And pretty soon
My heart was singin

-Chorus-
And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time -
Next time -
Well get it right

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Unread post by The549 » Fri May 18, 2007 2:45 pm

Taken right from the main forum, posted for posterity:

Started up my bike this morning, couldn't get it past 3k rpm without 3/4 throttle. Looked down to see my spark plug shattered and wire ripped off. Some a55hole probably tried to unscrew it with pliers, or just vandalized it. Checked over the rest of the bike, and set the wire harness back on. It was arcing and wouldn't run well below 2.5k rpm. Had to get to work, so I rode it like that (scary when the power would surge and choke and then catch...)

Autozone doesn't carry an D9SEA, but I put in a D8 on the way home. I think kragen will have I need.

I'm installing that bike alarm I have (putting a shut off switch in it too to save the battery).

Makes me want to keep my flintlock rifle loaded blank. (Yeah...I got it for home protection :Laughing: ).

F***ing annoying.

On the way home a bug hit me in the neck, and I have a 2 inch welt. Fun.
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Unread post by The549 » Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:48 pm

I'm f***ing pissed

And yes, gravel is a 'he'. Gravel thinks he's the s***. He thinks that probably because he's made up of all sorts of little bits of rock, all conspiring to make a mega monster lean of death on an anti-braking campaign. Gravel is a c**ksucker. Gravel can f*** off. Because really, if you look at gravel, you'll find that it's really not some huge lurking 'skid demon' but rather a whole bunch of teeny little punk rock f**ks who think they're the s*** because they have a large support group. But really, once you take e'm away from their pack then they f***ing shut their mouths and keep to their pathetic selves. I f***ing pour gasoline on you, you worthless pile of pebbly prepubescent essence. Next time I'm bringing my lighter, and I'm gonna pound you into dust.

Gravel often resides by railroad crossings, which I forgot. Those gates sure come down quicker than I remembered. F***ing gravel.

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Unread post by The549 » Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:21 pm

Need work lane splitting. A few times I've decided against lane splitting, I've seen cars move into where I wanted to go. Kinda makes you think twice about doing things.

And yesterday, I merged over into a right lane, and at the last moment decided to turn into a driveway. Well, I had misjudged where the curb was, and as I passed in front of the cars to turn in, I looked down to see the curb underneath my left foot. I was about an inch and a half away from a big slow and stupid fall.

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