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post #1 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Your "McGyver" repair job on the road.

I drove my Wee 20-30 miles in search of a rear axle nut after my OEM nut stripped out while putting tires on my bike. The only thing keeping the axle was the cotter pin over a totally stripped nut.

The local motorcycle shop had a Kawasaki bolt the fit the axle. I had to buy a larger socket for the Kawi nut. That was over 60,000 miles ago and the Kawasaki nut is still in service.

It made it more exciting that all this occurred 3,700 miles from home.

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 01:49 AM
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When I was a teenager I went on a camping trip a friend who brought along his old clapped out CB125. The drive chain snapped but we didn't want to spend the weekend without a bike so we made a loop out of fencing wire to repair the chain. It would only last a few minutes at a time and made a god awful grinding noise but it was fun nonetheless.

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post #3 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 07:19 AM
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A few years ago 4 of us took off for a 4000km trip on early 80s bikes. We hit some pretty bad rain and the 82 Tempter kept stalling out. Turned out it was sucking in water.
We ended up stuffing a used sock between the seat and the tank, added some duct tape to hold it in place and we were good to go!

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post #4 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 04:24 PM
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On a trip last year the glue from my heated grip separated from my throttle tube making it impossible to maintain any speed as it just kept spinning on the tube no matter how hard I gripped it.

After wondering what to do, I realized i keep some crazy glue in my little first aid kit - quick roadside repair and all was good.
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One of the arms on the left siderack broke due to a combination of overloading the sidecase and rough roads while 3 days from home. I was able to scrounge a length of aircraft cable which I looped around the rack and passenger grab bar a few times, then secured with multiple zip ties.
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post #6 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 05:55 PM
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not my bike....

fellow took a dump, broke his shifter. Field repair = 1 spark plug socket duct taped to the stub of the shifter.

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post #7 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 06:08 PM
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Picture this...

Beartooth Pass on Red Lodge rally weekend, in the middle of an actively managed construction zone: my buddy's 1984 Gold Wing goes dead. Hundreds of Harley's ride by as we're trying to diagnose the bike and yes, they were laughing at the broken down Honda.

Took some time, but we found that the main tin strip fuse blew. It was still the original fuse but it must have snapped from the rough road. Jumped it with a piece of thin gauge wire and he rode it for a thousand trouble-free miles home.

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post #8 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Rashnak View Post
not my bike....

fellow took a dump, broke his shifter. Field repair = 1 spark plug socket duct taped to the stub of the shifter.
In 1976, my bike, 1972 Honda 350 twin. Shifter knob on my homemade rear sets broke off (my idea of a cafe racer - please don't laugh). I clamped a small vise-grips out of my tool kit to what was left of the lever so that I could shift, and carried on.

To be honest, anything fixed with just the use of vise-grips or duct tape really shouldn't count, as they fall into the "duh, yeah!" category. Add another component, and it becomes a brilliant idea.

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"To the Companion who knows how to go light and fare hard, who is friendly with the rain, and finds no road too long." William Blake in "Brown Waters and other Sketches", Malbaie, May, 1915.
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post #9 of 18 Old 03-20-2014, 10:03 PM
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Blewout my rear tire with a cage wheel balance weight 7 miles from home, used 3 loops of tire patch rope into a big gash,pumped it up to 15 lbs and headed for home. Stoped ever 2 miles to refill my tire with my mountain bike tire pump and limped home at 15 mph and several stops to refill the tire,made it home ok. Don't leave home without my trusty pump and a good supply of patchs now.

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post #10 of 18 Old 03-21-2014, 09:13 AM
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Broken shifters are a real trip killer. Nice solution is to carry an extra L-shaped 8mm or 10mm allen key and hose clamps to make an emergency shifter.

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