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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well, since a few members have been sharing their less than bright moments, here's mine for today...

I got off my unpaid work (maybe it's what you would call an internship? I dunno the terms for it), and as I was walking home I loved the cool breeze and cloudy weather... so I immediately thought "I'm taking the bike out!!".

I got home and had something to eat and then looked for the bike's keys... but then I remembered I've been neglecting this hiccup... when I try to start it, it doesn't start as fast as it used to. It's kinda like the starter starts going then bogs down then cranks again and the bike starts... so I thought the bike deserved for me to take a look instead of just abusing her...

Well, I seem to have forgotten that I'm working on a bike and not a car, cause I took off the starter without ever thinking that the oil would come pouring out!

So I got a big puddle of oil on the driveway and now I can't take out the bike anyway cause I don't have oil for it lol. What a way to ruin a perfect riding opportunity.

Well, I did need to do an oil change anyway lol.

So, to make this thread worthy of the general discussion section... I was gonna try taking apart the starter and giving it a thorough cleaning. There's some oil/gunk all over it, so I thought cleaning it couldn't hurt. Good idea? Bad? Any other suggestions? The connections are fine as far as I could tell, and I added an extra ground cable to the body of the starter a while ago so I wouldn't have any issues with the ground.
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But I guess that is what learns us to look before we leap...
All I can say is, that sounds more like something I would do...lol...
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Ahhhhh.....the "blonde moment" as some call it. Had a few of those...

Luckily for me , none motorcycle related.....yet.


I could go into the time I almost cut my thumb off on a table saw, or the time I poured 10w40 into the transmission of a friends car. Of the time I ......well you get the idea......sometimes your brain takes a nap...when it shouldn't.

Cat litter and laundry detergent work well on oil spills......

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unpaid work? I am not understanding this. Doesn't your state have guidelines when it comes to wages?

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Ahhhhh.....the "blonde moment" as some call it. Had a few of those...KM
Yep, and I think the older you get the more you have had, and the more you will have... Did I mention I am probably the oldest of the bunch...lol...
One I keep rememberin is changing the oil in my 63 Valiant slant 6... I kept thinking it sounded kinda funny goin in, and on opening the last quart I still heard it, looked underneath at the drain pan and it was overflowing, and there lay the drain plug on the paper towel......
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the time I am on the wife and call her cindy... her name isnt cindy!... anyway... Ceal.. do you ahve a battery charger?
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hahaha those are some great examples of "blonde moments" guys!

I have a battery tender. Battery is in good shape as far as I can tell. It seems more like the starter gets stuck, cause it sounds like it engages, then it stops for a second and then cranks and the bike starts. When it cranks it doesn't sound like the usual slow/sluggish cranking that happens when your battery is low, it sounds like a normal crank followed by the bike starting. It's just at the very start of it all when I press the button it tries to crank, stops for a second then resumes like nothing happened lol.
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check and clean your start button... and you do have a MF battery right?
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I say this cause the starters are pretty tough on these bikes.
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the time I am on the wife and call her cindy... her name isnt cindy!... anyway... Ceal.. do you ahve a battery charger?
Wow, that ones a shocker! lol
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