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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-03-2011, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Road Repair w/Oil Drain

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I recently got stranded by a malfunction in the gear change pawl/spring area. After making the repair (about 30 minutes), I thought I could have fixed it and road it home if only I had:

1. 8mm socket and wrench
2. 6mm socket
3. screwdriver
4. Needle Nose Pliers
5. flashlight
6. 6" crescent wrench
7. A way to recover and re-install the motor oil.

Edit: #1 can just be 1/4" ratchet wrench. I could use the 8mm open end I already carry to remove the clutch lever.

Big #7 is what I am interested in. Do any of you folks in the vn750 ether have a good method/device to recover and re-install the oil in the bike while on the road ? I was thinking a four qt. foldable sack of some kind would do the trick.

What say you folks ?

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That's a rough one. I've never really heard of any prepareness method or carry along remedy for the loss of all system oil. I'm sure you could figure out some kind of rig for carrying oil, but not sure how practical it would be. It's impossible to carry along all things necessary to fix any possible problem that could come up - at least without pulling a little trailer anyway : )

I'll be interested to see what others say.


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That's a rough one. I've never really heard of any prepareness method or carry along remedy for the loss of all system oil. I'm sure you could figure out some kind of rig for carrying oil, but not sure how practical it would be. It's impossible to carry along all things necessary to fix any possible problem that could come up - at least without pulling a little trailer anyway : )

I'll be interested to see what others say.


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X2 I got kicked out of Cub Scouts so I'm never very prepared. The first item I would have in a tool bag is an open end/box end 10 mm wrench. Then a sparkplug socket, extra plugs, and fuses. Never thought about saving oil.

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I would find a tree or something that I could lean the bike against to minimize the loss of oil. You would have to lean it over at a pretty good angle to keep most of the oil in the engine, but then you would have to worry about gas leaking out of the gas cap.
There aren't a lot of places to keep items on our bikes, as AZ Kev replied so keeping any amount of oil could be interesting.
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Good thought Raker. I totally agree with you guys mostly. Obviously I was not considering the possibility of recovering and re-installing the oil before. Deal is, to make this simple and common repair to the pawl/spring mechanism, you gotta drain the oil. If it ever happens again, I'll be thumbin' home again unless I have a chance to deal with it. I just wondered if there were any folks out there that prepared for that need already. It really angered me that this little pawl spring was the cause of my ride ending malfunction.

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This is what I pay "roadside assistance" for. I push a button on my cell phone, a truck comes out and hauls the bike to a nearby dealer, who fixes it while I get a snack and a beer. They call me when they are done and I'm back on the road.

The idea of carrying a drain pan to change my oil while on the road seems horribly paranoic.....

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I was thinkin (Darn, thats bad), if it's important to you, maybe get one of those strong money bags that the bank has and find a plastic bag that the heated oil won't melt and put it in the money bag as a liner, then place them in the bottom of a saddle bag or a rear bag as they would lay flat and not take up any room that way...
BTW-It would even make a good bucket to carry water from the creek in case you lost your water, or did I just lose my marbles, no I didn't marble the Sporty, ughh where were we...lol...
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Use your helmet --

lined with a 1-gallon Ziplock bag.

Cut the bottom corner of the bag to refill the crankcase.

Good luck removing the drain plug with your 6" crescent wrench.

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did I just lose my marbles, no I didn't marble the Sporty, ughh where were we...lol...
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The ziplock in the helmet (prob have to be a half helmet) is a pretty good idea since I think you can boil food in them. But really, is this pawl deal that much of a common occurance? Maybe the preventive measures to avoid it happening should be up there with spline lube. (Roach, how about a vid? lol). Definitely seems like a b**** though and now I'm concerned about it... and being stranded. Zcragg how many miles you got on your meter again :/ ?

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5 quart or liter (whichever they come in) box wine bladder and a small funnel. The bladders can be filled with air for a travel pillow as well: useful when waiting for roadside assistance.

And drain from the filter if you don't have a big enough wrench

If it ain't broke... well I'm sure I can find something that is
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