MC Touring – Motorcycle Maintenance

Let me state for the record, I know when there is an impending vehicular mechanical problem.  This is not a case of intuitiveness, it is being in the present.  Hearing or feeling something different in the machine.  Unfortunately,  when I bring it to someones attention, they do not hear or feel the change, but I digress.

The mechanic drove my bike around front, the new rear tire had been installed.  We were ready to roll.  Out the driveway, down a frontage road, then we hit the interstate.

Arriving at our destination, I was disappointed that my rear tire had not stabilized my bikes high speed handling performance (so were the guys riding with our group).  Another hundred miles, I could hear a squeaking noise, similar to malfunctioning brakes. No one in the group could isolate the problem.

After another 500 miles.  The annoying, worrisome noise got to me.  I drove my bike to a different dealership where a mechanic was kind enough to do a quick look-see…….and I am ever so thankful he did.  As I watched, first in utter amazement, then horror,  the mechanic spun the rear axle nut off with his fingers!  I couldn’t believe my eyes, and then it dawned on me, my life had been hanging by a thread….literally.

Know your bike.  Knowing could save your life.


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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