What Kinda Bike Is That?
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine
Excellent article, Barry! Every rider should aspire to this level of competence in servicing their bikes. I've been doing it for 35 years for a living but I think a lot of people are intimidated by simple mechanical procedures. I got started by watching the mechanic work on my bike and asking questions. Two years later I was an apprentice technician in a dealership up to my hips in mechanical work. Sometimes, in retrospect though, I think I should have taken the other opportunity and become a professional chef. Oh well. I can still keep my bike running and cook a decent dinner.
Thank you Jstrom! I just wished I had the level of training and competence you have! I have only been riding motorcycles since 2004, and doing my own repairs since 2007, when I purchased my DL-650. I have NO training whatsoever, and every job I tackle, is the very first time I am doing it!
I just have figured that, if I can do it, ANYBODY can!
2007 DL-650 (I gave away in 2012 with 111,000 + miles)
"A word grows to a thought; a thought to an idea; an idea to an act. All the pieces are put together, and the whole is yours."
1942, Beryl Markham: "West With the Night"
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