Sunday, December 15, 2013

Maintenance Level Limitations

On this post I want to explore just how far can or should someone go with maintenance at home.  The answers will vary greatly depending on numerous factors. Obviously riding a motorcycle doesn't mean you can maintain or repair one though.  When I rode motocross and competed in Europe I was given a highly modified bike from a place out of California named R&D Motors.  This 80cc bike I received had a custom exhaust, bored cylinder, front forks from a 125cc, custom swing arm and rear suspension, high performance carb, etc.  The only problem with the bike that we were warned about was that the thing had so much torque, we would have to replace the piston rod bearings every 4 motos.  this involved removing the exhaust, carb, head, piston, and getting to the piston bearing on the rod which would just crumble into little pieces as it was removed.  At the age of 14 I was performing this maintenance task every other week myself.  My father worked with me the first few times and then just allowed me to handle it from then on.  My stepfather owned his own BMW motorcycle repair shop for 21 years and I would often hang around his shop as well. My father and I also did some classic car restoration.  We built a 57 Thunderbird convertible and a 72 Mustang Mach I fastback from the ground up.  We broke them down to the frame/unibody and began rebuilding from there.

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