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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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relish jar lid gear case cover!

So yesterday my buddy and I decided to take our bikes from Annapolis, Md to Ocean City, Md. We were having a great ride and had made it to all but twenty minutes from our destination when I saw him pull over in my mirror. Of course I pull over to see what is up, and he pulls up behind me frustrated, hollering "I was trying to get you to pull over!!". Of course I was like "huh?" and he points to my gear case. Apparently it flew off while we were cruising. To my horror, when I looked down I saw oil all over the ground where I had stopped, oil all over the aft left side of the bike, oil still spewing out, and smoke from the oil burning off on my exhaust. Being a complete noob, the sight of this really freaked me out. Immediately I thought "oh sh*t, I'm totally completely f*cked!! I'm two hours from home!!"

I shut the bike down, stared at it for a minute and upon realizing things weren't as bad as I had thought, I became extremely determined. So far I've learned how to, and completed all of the work that this bike has needed by myself with absolutely zero motorcycle experience. For some reason the words "You're riding this bike home" kept bouncing around in my head like they were going to be my last words if I didn't ride it home.

Sooo I started walking down the highway looking for the part. I figured "it's just a cover, if I can find it I can just send my buddy to find some silicone, and bam! problem solved. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find it. I was, however, able to hitchhike the 7 miles that I had walked in my steel toe work boots, back to my bike. I sure as hell was't calling my buddy and riding two up lol When I got back to my bike and my bummed out buddy, we decided it would be best to push it to the gas station/deli on the other side of the highway so it wasn't just on the side of the road.

After enjoying a gatorade, some chips, and glorious AC we started looking around the store for something that might work as a cover. Both my buddy and I saw a bunch of jars and remarked to each other that one of those lids might work if it's the right size. Immediately he ran outside and using the paystub in his pocket, he measured the diameter of what needed to be covered. When he came back in to the store we were blown away but still skeptical that the the lid on a jar of relish looked like it might fit!!! So I bought the jar and we brought it outside and test fitted it!! "HOLY SH*T" we said in rejoice, "IT FITS PERFECTLY" After a 15 minutes my buddy had returned with some dollar store silicone goop. We slapped it together and moved my bike in front of the stores ac unit so the air flow would help the goop dry. After 45 minutes of drying we hit the road and made it all the way to Annapolis. My new gear case cover leaks less than the original!

Here is a pic of the madness;

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sounds like an adventure...too bad I can't open the link to see the solution.
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I might have a bevel gear cap/seal if you need one, I'll look tonight.

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That's pretty cool! Did you replace the oil you list??

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Nice fix Paul. I am a real believer in self rescue and carry more tools than some on my scoot. But even I don't carry a relish jar lid or tube of silicone sealant. Well done.


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Got to give you a "THAT A BOY" on that one. Clever thinking for sure!
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Good un' !!! Never underestimate the power of a good country store,they truly do have every thing

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Thanks guys!

I didn't loose enough oil to NEED to replace it. Thanks to my buddy, I was on the side of the road before it lost too much. There was BARELY a bubble visible in the sight glass before it happened, and after, the bubble was very visible but nowhere near low.

Was anyone able to see the pic?

Shark88, that would be awesome man! Worst case scenario, I'll just buy another relish jar lid and install it more carefully with some better silicone hahaha
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