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Sunday, May 22, 2016

And The Moral Of The Story Is ….

Finally, the Canadian, “two four” weekend. The official kick off to summer and this one came in as perfect as it could be. My plan, a day trip to Warkworth … soak in some culture at the "Art in the park" festival and have lunch with Ron, the Art Blogger.

That was the idea but first …the pre-ride check. Thought I’d head down to give her a once over the night before. Dust her off, check the tire pressure, you know, all the usual since this has been the first chance for a ride since getting her home.


GREAT! Not one, but two oil leaks! Call in the neighbourhood expert. One leak, already (hopefully) fixed. Tighten the oil drain plug. Second leak, best guess, a damaged O ring on the oil filter. Could have been an easy fix if all the bike shops weren’t closed for the long weekend.

So, not going … anywhere! Guess I’ll just have sit and drink in the aroma of spring from the front porch. Oh, the lilacs.

Or, since I’m not riding I could try to get the road grunge off the riding gear.

And the Moral of this story is better do your pre-ride check when the repair shops are open or you might end up going nowhere but then again you might get clean(ish) riding gear.

19 comments:

  1. Oh well, clean riding gear is always good. Especially the hi-viz stuff which seems to really attract dirt. Even in the middle of winter (I wonder how that happens?).

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    1. Really, I don't recall having rolled in grease but looking at my jacket I must have!

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  2. Pre-checks are a good thing. Sound like easy fixes, though now wondering about the shop you're using.

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    1. I'm wondering the same myself, though everyone should be allowed at least one mistake ;o)

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  3. Better to do a pre-ride check and not go anywhere, than to have catastrophic failure on the road.

    Wish I had smell-o-vision for those lilacs.

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  4. Oh so true Trobairitz ... and the lilacs, the air is heavy with their beautiful scent, wish I could share it.

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  5. Or perhaps, as the saying goes, the VStar isn't leaking oil, it's just marking its territory. Our lilacs haven't fully opened yet, but soon!

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    1. But it's not like her to pee on the floor! The lilacs hit perfection today.

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  6. My riding gear seems to shrink over the winter when I don't wear it. I'm always worried that mice will make a nest in my air filters or chew on something they shouldn't. Maybe the cats going out to the garage once in a while keep the mice away.

    Good catch on the leaks. Hope they're an easy fix!

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    1. Mice - that's the next worry. Two years ago I replaced wiring twice ... Let's not go there as my cat prefers the indoor life. I picked up an O ring tonight - tomorrow will tell.

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  7. Bummer! At least it doesn't seem to be a biggie, and will be easily fixed. Hey, and you got to enjoy your garden. That's not too bad, the way I remember it...

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  8. And I got the chance to meet up with this rider travelling on a Honda from Montreal to Toronto. You might know him. The bike looked familiar. Of course I had to go by Hyundai.

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    1. Gee, I wonder who that might have been!

      Are you doing the O ring replacement yourself? Don't over tighten. Check your manual, but as long as the ring compresses a bit, it should be fine. You need to oil both sides of the ring, IMHO, to prevent one side from sticking while the other rotates - this causes distortion of the ring, rather than compression.

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  9. Bummer! That is great advice, especially if you have a trip planned, take a look at things a few days in advance. Hope you still enjoyed your day!

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    1. The day was still good - a clean jacket how good is that.

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  10. Those leaks suck but seem like an easy fix.

    Thanks for meeting me at Timmies! It was great to catch up.

    Pretty soon I need to reach out to Mr. Kilner. I picked up a little something for him.

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    1. Nice to see you too David. Glad to see you made it home safe.

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  11. Beautiful pic of the flowers!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer ... Nice of you to stop by.

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