Join Date: May 2015
Location: Northwest Wa, south of BC, north of Seattle
Dumbass move of the week
Oil change time!
Washed the bike on Wednesday. Rain on Thursday, but I waited for a lull in the precip before moving the bike from the garage to the shop (I didn't want to ruin the nice wash job I did on Wednesday). Checked the oil. Oil level was good. Got distracted by I don't know what. Decided to start the bike and let it run up to operating temp before draining the oil. While letting it warm up, I gathered my oil, filter, hex wrench socket, new crush washer...HOLY CRAP!!!! SOME DIPSTICK FORGOT TO TIGHTEN THE DIPSTICK BACK INTO THE BIKE!!!!
....I wonder just how many hundreds of gallons of oil I have changed out of vehicles over my life, all successfully...until now!
So, I dive for the shutoff on the bike, and fight back the urge to not just break down in tears, and lose some religion instead (fortunately the neighbors are out of earshot from my shop). I dump a ton of oil absorbant cat litter on the floor, try to wipe up enough of the oil from the bike so that it is at the very least not dripping off of the windscreen and the seat, and the bags, and the grips, and the fairing, and the whole rest of the damn mess.
I proceed to change the oil, and roll the bike out to the driveway to begin the wash process, in the rain. Yes, I was the idiot washing his bike, in the pouring rain yesterday.
Emergency wash one was just using some dishwashing soap and water and a hose. Wash number two was using some yamaha cleaner that I have always liked for getting grime off the bike. Wash number three was using some s-100 stuff. Wash number 2 and 3 were delayed because, well, I had nothing to clean it with and had to run to the store first.
Finally, I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning the mess in the shop. There was oil splattered fifteen feet away from the bike! Tools, lights, walls, fishing gear, floor, door, benches, saws....ugh. I think I got it all. Today I will apply some wax to the poor old bike. It is really really clean though, and has fresh oil in it. I sure hope I can get out this weekend for a ride after all of this!
2014 Cross Country 8-Ball, chrome highway bars, leather covered hard saddlebags, chrome bag protectors, cruise control, 2" pull back handlebars, qr passenger backrest, loydz timing wheel -4, flared windscreen, carbon-fiber derby cover and cam cover.