Sometimes you gotta sacrifice a good riding day for maintenance
Yeah, some truth there!!
I've gotten to look at it in a slightly different way.
A day of maintenance so I don't have to sacrifice a good riding day on the back of a flat bed.
To date - my bike has come home every time except one - I had a melt down in the security system I installed in it 20 years earlier. Not a bad record from a guy that hits things with a hammer for a living.
I say this with respect, From the time you first joined this forum I've watched you grow into and develop - granted just through your posts - but none the less - you have stepped up and taken responsibility for your own bike. I can only tell you from my own experiences that the reason my bike always got me home was I knew it well and took care of it properly. You are on the way to hopefully a similar path. Its always a treat to see this and share in your experiences and I'm sure I'm not the only one here that enjoys your posts.
Excellent thread!! great pics!!
I have a mention of the oil change technique - It is ALWAYS BETTER to buy the correct tool for the job. Life works better - I know, I'm only going to use this thing a few times a year - but - when I do - I'm in, I'm out, and the sign on the shop says "Gone Ridin".