Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
When you have the tank and plastic off, take a very close look at everything. Check that every bolt is tight. There are two bolts behind the headlights that sometimes come loose and can jam the steering. Check the ends of the throttle and clutch cables. Check that everything that should be lubed has been lubed correctly. Check that the tire valve stems are good rubber with no cracks--they should be replaced periodically but get forgotten. Check that the rubber dampers in the rear wheel drive hold the sprocket firmly. If you have the wheels off, check that the wheel bearings and sprocket bearing are smooth and clean with no sign of rust coming from the bearings. Check that all the rear suspension pivots and bearings show no signs of wear or internal rust.
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero