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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 10:43 AM
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Oh wow. I always wondered what that would look like. Thanks for the education!
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I did it too . Oil everywhere and the dipstick end was batted into oblivion from bouncing off the connecting rod or other rotating mass before I could get to it . The wife could hear me cursing from inside the house . I had my dipstick in the hole , but not screwed in at all , just resting there ...

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I'm sorry it happened, but thanks for sharing that. I'll remember this when I do something stupid and say to myself, well Ric, you're in good company.
I hope you blew out all the water in the spark plug recesses, or we'll be reading about that later when you post photos of rusty plugs, if you can get them out. I use a leaf blower to rid the engine, et al of the remaining water.

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If that's the worst thing to happen to you on any given day, it's a good day!....BTW....I've done that too...A little Mr. Clean, water and a scrub brush and the garage floor is fine!
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Ouch...that sux! I have done that before but was lucky it was in the grass. I was standing there when I heard a rattling noise and when I saw it, it just fell onto the ground. I shut off the bike and cleaned up the dipstick! I was really lucky!

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that definitely sux! I could see that being forgotten for sure. Not the end of the world but a big mess.

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Ouch...that sux! I have done that before but was lucky it was in the grass. I was standing there when I heard a rattling noise and when I saw it, it just fell onto the ground. I shut off the bike and cleaned up the dipstick! I was really lucky!

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Mine made a hell of a racket as it was bouncing up and down in the hole . It never flew out though . Oil Everywhere .

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I feel your pain.

I started the bike with no dipstick in the hole, while sitting on the bike. I had oil up to my nutz.

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I'm sorry it happened, but thanks for sharing that. I'll remember this when I do something stupid and say to myself, well Ric, you're in good company.
I hope you blew out all the water in the spark plug recesses, or we'll be reading about that later when you post photos of rusty plugs, if you can get them out. I use a leaf blower to rid the engine, et al of the remaining water.
I have a leaf blower dedicated to drying my bike after a wash....why? because I have little patience for water spots and hate to cut into riding time with towel time
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