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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-19-2008, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Another surprise from my PO.

Some of you have seen some of my posts; since I bought the bike in April, every repair I tackle, holds some unexpected surprise from my PO, which I wasn't ready for, and ends up leaving me bike-less for a few days to a couple weeks while I track more parts, and info.

Changing my rear tire today was no different. I've had a leak in the rear for about two weeks, tried some different liquid tire sealers to buy some time, but still had to air it everyday to ride it.

Went thru fits trying to buy the tire first from one place, then another, and finally another, and then got my hands on it. Came up with some nifty stick on weights for balancing, and was ready to go.

Go thru all kinds of trouble today to peel the old tire off, figure it's just several years old and really stuck on the rim, and when I finally break the bead, what do I find?

An inner tube. Tubeless wheel, tubeless tire, but mine has a tube in it. I didn't know there was a tube in there, didn't plan for it, so I didn't buy a new valve stem. The chrome ones I had on it looked good, didn't leak when squirted with soapy water, so I thought I was safe.

Drove around to 4 different local places trying to find a valve, came up empty, so gotta order it online, and the bike stays down, for a few more days. Again.

Every single time I repair something it turns into this. The good news though, is every repair is done right, and the bike gets a little more enjoyable to ride each time as well.

That's what i get for not buying new valves, to go with the new tires. Lesson learned.

Oh, my splines get lubed for the second time in two months, and my recent brakes got a good inspection as well.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-19-2008, 07:29 PM
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Ever had your tank off? There's lots to play with under there! lol

Ever thought of sending the PO a letter asking what the heck he did to the bike!?
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Ever had your tank off? There's lots to play with under there! lol
Wow, man that's just piling on!!

All kidding aside, Doug, each repair brings you one, maybe two steps closer to a completely sorted out bike!

Hang in there man!
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Yeah, the tank has been off, and those surprises cleaned up as well. LOL

I'm hangin Frank, I've come too far with it to get out now.

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OK, so let's bring in another long ago TV personality for this one....

Surpise, Surprise, Surprise!!!

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Wow, I don't know why anyone would put a tube in a tubeless tire. People do stupid things. It certainly makes you wanna check things over. Hang in there!

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Wow, I don't know why anyone would put a tube in a tubeless tire. People do stupid things.

Well, there can be a few reasons to put a tube in a tubeless tire..so may not be a "stupid" thing...(no patch kit while on the road , leaking rim, hole in sidewall and can not afford a new tire...)

Your problems remind me of my first house. Lets just say the previous owner had an intresting slant on home repair...from 4 inch screws in the wall for a 1/4 lb picture to 2X4 repairs to the roof..feel for you man.

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Your problems remind me of my first house. Lets just say the previous owner had an intresting slant on home repair...from 4 inch screws in the wall for a 1/4 lb picture to 2X4 repairs to the roof..feel for you man.

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I think we bought our houses from the same guy.

Fortunately, the PO on my bike did take pretty good care of it. All the things I've done have been minor adjustments, tweaked to my likings. (clutch and rear brakes) Only thing I can see that was questionable was their idea of cleaning the bike and mine.
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