Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Saskatoon, Canada
This will sound like a really dumb question, but you have to remember that I've spent the past 15 years and more of my motorcycling by working on and riding older Brit bike restorations. There are no plastic fasteners on such bikes.
Now that I have a V-Strom and am performing my first maintenance check, I'm confounded a bit by the plastic fasteners. I broke three of them already. Is there some particular method to be used with these things when it comes to removal and installatioin? Or do you always break some and just make sure you have extras on-hand?
I've been pleasantly surprised that these bikes are easier to work on than I expected, at least when it comes to standard maintenance. I must admit that getting at the damn spark plugs was a nuisance though. On an unfaired, naked Triumph (as they all were back in the 70s and earlier) it is just so much easier to remove a spark plug. Takes all of about 30 seconds. Of course, you have to remove them a lot more because the bikes don't run properly for very long.