My baby broke today

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My baby broke today

#1 Unread post by ceemes » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:27 pm

Sigh, knew it was just a matter of time, the clunking coming from the drive shaft has been getting progressively worse and I had the shop that looks after my baby pricing out the cost of a replacement. C$300 from Honda, but no longer in production nor available.

Today I pulled onto Hwy 17 from 56th Street and then came the sickening sound of grinding gears, at first I thought I trashed the gearbox... but nope, its the drive shaft, seems it became slightly disconnected from the transmission. Got it home okay, took the bus to work, half an hour late, called the shop and they have a used shaft out of a Magma of the same era and are looking to see if it can be used on my Sabre.

No riding for me for at least a week.....sigh
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#2 Unread post by Amdonim » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:30 pm

Sucks man. We're in the same boat right now. I wait anxiously every day for a phone call.

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#3 Unread post by jaskc78 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:06 pm

glad to hear you're alright, Ceemes, but sorry to hear about the bike. here's hoping you're back to riding sooner rather than later.
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#4 Unread post by Velocity » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:21 am

This is why I'd like to own more than one bike. It gives you another to ride if one's in the shop.
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#5 Unread post by ceemes » Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:58 pm

Velocity wrote:This is why I'd like to own more than one bike. It gives you another to ride if one's in the shop.
I am looking to buy another bike for the spring, if I can save up the required amount of tradeable beer tokens. As it is, the Magma shaft is compatible with my Sabre, so off to the shop with her this weekend. Charging me C$150 for the shaft, not bad and they figure between C$150 to C$200 in labour costs, as long as I haven't damaged anything else. If so, anyone want to by a nice Sabre parts bike?
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#6 Unread post by fireguzzi » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:07 pm

What other bike are ya thinking about? (or aboot as you might say)

I think that avatar pic would look good updated with a brand new vmax.
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#7 Unread post by High_Side » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:44 pm

Sorry to hear about your bad luck BUT, you need to get yourself a nice reliable chain to drive your next bike :P Shaft drive: who needs the maintenance????? :mrgreen:

I won't mention the chain that I replaced on the kids dirt-bike this afternoon....

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#8 Unread post by ceemes » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:45 am

fireguzzi wrote:What other bike are ya thinking about? (or aboot as you might say)

I think that avatar pic would look good updated with a brand new vmax.
Nah, if I wanted a Vmax type of bike, I would of opted for the Magna instead of the Sabre....right now I am trusting after a Triumph Sprint ST......but if I recall correctly, I think Buzz has a used bike up for sale......should give him a shout.
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#9 Unread post by ceemes » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:50 am

High_Side wrote:Sorry to hear about your bad luck BUT, you need to get yourself a nice reliable chain to drive your next bike :P Shaft drive: who needs the maintenance????? :mrgreen:

I won't mention the chain that I replaced on the kids dirt-bike this afternoon....
This is the first shafty I've ever had, all the others were chain drive.......nothing like spending the afternoon replacing the rear wheel spocket and chain in the pouring rain after have a link split on you.....mind you, that happened mainly on my old courier bikes......back in the day, I'd put on more miles in a week then most weekend warriors would put on in a year......heavy stop and go city dispatch riding day in and day out, sun, rain or snow can take a heavy toll on any bike.....I always figured if I got a years service out of a courier bike, I was doing good.
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#10 Unread post by GLsouris » Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:02 am

Sorry to hear of your troubles. Myself I like shaft drive over chain any day. The filth and constant maint of chain drive turned me off years ago. One thing I have found though is that most dealers don't have a clue about what lube is suposed to be used on the final drive, and that has a huge impact on the shaft life. Honda says moly 60 is what to use and I phoned 6 seperate Honda dealers and not one new what moly 60 even was. I got my moly paste from Aclands and it was made by Locktite.
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#11 Unread post by Amdonim » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:14 am

I agree, shaft drives are where it's at. I definitely don't miss having to walk my bike down the street to lube the chain. Or scrubbing slung-off lube from the frame rails. My shaft has now over 50k miles, and not a problem yet.

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#12 Unread post by High_Side » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:19 am

ceemes wrote:
High_Side wrote:Sorry to hear about your bad luck BUT, you need to get yourself a nice reliable chain to drive your next bike :P Shaft drive: who needs the maintenance????? :mrgreen:

I won't mention the chain that I replaced on the kids dirt-bike this afternoon....
This is the first shafty I've ever had, all the others were chain drive.......nothing like spending the afternoon replacing the rear wheel spocket and chain in the pouring rain after have a link split on you.....mind you, that happened mainly on my old courier bikes......back in the day, I'd put on more miles in a week then most weekend warriors would put on in a year......heavy stop and go city dispatch riding day in and day out, sun, rain or snow can take a heavy toll on any bike.....I always figured if I got a years service out of a courier bike, I was doing good.
My kidding was in jest for the shaft-drive crowd who always like to point out how low-maintenance their rides are every time someone mentions chain problems. :mrgreen: All the bikes in my garage right now are chain drive but I wouldn't rule out a shafty in the future. Most of the newer shafties have a minimal effect on handling and are 95% less maintenance. You had trouble with yours but after 27 years, it's about due.
Now that chain driven FJ that Buzz has for sale, might be a good reason to back to a chain......

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#13 Unread post by BuzZz » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:22 pm

My FJ chain has about 10 000 fairly tough miles on it.... even for a 530 on a mid HP bike, I've done my best to make it longer... :mrgreen:

Anyways.... I won't sell you my bike, Ceemes. A slight personal hang-up I got from my Dad, I won't sell a vehicle to someone I know and like. If something on the bike broke after I sold it, I would feel guilty. And the poor thing is almost 20 years old, things are bound to start going south here and there.

But if you wanted to come and look at bikes in Edmonton, you could ride it all you like.... :wink:
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#14 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:23 pm

High_Side wrote:Sorry to hear about your bad luck BUT, you need to get yourself a nice reliable chain to drive your next bike :P Shaft drive: who needs the maintenance????? :mrgreen:

I won't mention the chain that I replaced on the kids dirt-bike this afternoon....
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