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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Wayne, NJ
Now is a great time to check those bolts!
I was giving the bike a once over tonight and discovered a couple of things that led to a couple of other things, that made me glad I looked!
I was hearing a rattle from the front of the bike on the ride home from work tonight, so I started poking around and found that the left side headlight mount bolt was loose. While tightening it up, I found that the speedo cable was really loose entering the gauge, so I snugged that down as well. Then I got to thinking about all the other potentially loose hardware that I haven't noticed yet, and started torquing all of the bolts just to be on the safe side. I found 3 surprises! The pinch bolt on the front right fork needed a small adjustment, as did the left side caliper mounting bolts, and then I discovered that the 2 small flange bolts on the top rear engine mount had come completely off.
A couple of small tweaks and a couple of extra bolts I had lying around was all it took to fix things, but gone unchecked, I could have had a very bad day in the near future. So I chalked it up to the big man upstairs looking out for me, and I thought I'd pass this on as a reminder to check your bolts along with the normal stuff like tire pressure, oil, horn, lights, and signals.
Keep the shiny side up!
-Replaced/Fused Stator & Replaced/Relocated R/R (15K mi.)
-Stebel Nautilus Horn
-AutoMeter 2" VOM
-Refinished Gauge Rings and Mirrors(Flat Black)
-Refinished Swingarm/Lubed Pivots
-K&S Turn Signals Clear Cover/Amber Bulb
-Kenda Kruz 110/90-19 front 170/80-15 rear
-Clear Alternatives LED tail light
-Willie & Max Saddlebags and SissyBar Bag