Author Topic: I don't know why I treat my motorcycle like a baby,  (Read 242 times)

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on: November 13, 2021, 05:38:25 pm
but I think that's what I do.  I recently stumbled upon a couple of YouTube channels.  A lot of informal travelogues made by a couple guys, one Brit and one Norwegian, who wander around former Soviet countries, India, and southeast Asia. There are so many motorcycles on the streets of India and southeast Asia, and I don't get the sense that they are pampered in any way.  Nothing against people on the other side of the world, but I have some skepticism about maintenance there.  I don't know.  Then I keep going back to my belief that this motorcycle was meant for running up and down mountains on barely paved roads.

I described in another segment here the speedometer problems I've been having.  I bought a couple new speedo gearboxes on ebay india.  One metal.  One plastic.  Received both, a couple weeks apart.  Then, when i was clearing out some stuff in my basement, I found one that I had bought ten or eleven years ago.  Still in the box.  Still unused.  I was pretty sure that I had eliminated both the speedometer and cable as the source of the problem.  So, I replaced the gearbox.  It lasted about ten miles.  What the hell.  So, I rode for a while just guessing my speed and mileage.  A couple days ago, after just a ride around the block to check things out, I found that my cable was destroyed.  I'm guessing that the gearbox got jammed up, and tried to turn with the wheel.  It was 180° out of posituion.  Also, that little rubber loop had been yanked out of the fender.  My response was YGBSM.

I had a spare (though used) cable that the guy in Ohio had given me (along with a couple of used speedometers).  Being an experienced expert now, I installed the spare cable and a new gearbox.  After about 30 miles, things are OK.  I keep glancing down at that gearbox, though.  Now that I've had a chance to look partway inside the front wheel, I'm not too happy with what I see as ill-fitting washers and spacers.  Not to mention a thick felt "washer" that I found in there.

On top of all that, I don't know how many more years of riding I've got, and it's not like my children and grandchildren need a motorcycle.  Anyway, it's about 41F and rainy, so I think I'm going to put things away and start anticipating Springtime 2022.
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Reply #1 on: November 15, 2021, 11:53:48 am
These are working mans machines. Gear oil of some sort, petrol of maybe 85 octane or so, a new spark plug periodically, 20W-50 weight in the engine & change it every 1500 - 2500 miles along with the filter. Modern oils are much better than anything the Bullet had access to in 1935. All the necessary regular maintenance bits are easy to get to. Ride it with some mechanical sympathy and it'll hold up well. They don't particularly like being used only occasionally, they seem to need regular riding to keep all the bits working harmoniously. The Bullet is an acquired taste, they are a lot of work compared to anything modern. But few modern machines have such a lot of flywheel or as long a stroke, which makes for a unique ride. It's not really a "pass along to the heirs" machine unless the "passer-to" is very mechanically inclined. Better all around to just find it a good home if it becomes un-fun or burdensome. They have a lot of "warts" compared to contemporary machines, the electrical being a big one, but they make a fine hobby! - ACR -
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