The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > Blogs > Nolemags
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Notices

Active Threads
0 6 month old battery discharged and now won't charge at all
Last Post: Deimus
Posted On: 7 Minutes Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 41
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 8 Minutes Ago
Replies: 29,205
Views: 1,702,060
0 DK Customs external Breather catch can location help
Last Post: Andy56
Posted On: 56 Minutes Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 110
0 1981 XLH Getting Recranked
Last Post: ryder rick
Posted On: 59 Minutes Ago
Replies: 102
Views: 4,630
0 A different Oil filter test
Last Post: FiftySixer
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 3,551
0 Sportster Oil Pressure and Dynamics
Last Post: bustert
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 169
Views: 8,301
0 This week on Craig's list
Last Post: koolbreeze
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 5,444
Views: 935,479
0 Hot Chicks on Hot Bikes
Last Post: seajay
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 13,129
Views: 3,302,335
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 36,955
Views: 4,572,317
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 54,418
Views: 9,252,655
0 video & pics
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,388
Views: 141,697
0 Hot Rods, Rat Rods, and Customs.
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 5,249
Views: 1,152,993
0 an old Lady
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 98
0 This is gonna hurt.
Last Post: cal43
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 9,596
Views: 2,316,507
0 Fork Maintenance
Last Post: Mathias
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 16
0 Fuel delivery issues
Last Post: Tomcatt
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 217
0 Factory Chain Oiler
Last Post: Nibelungen
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 403
0 Oops, I signed up for another long ass ride: The 2022 Hoka Hey
Last Post: ParrotHead
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 2,638
0 Clutch Stud Spacer: 1.530" pn #5995, 0.040" #5996, 0.080" #5997
Last Post: ryder rick
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 277
0 Align intake manifold
Last Post: doodah man
Posted On: 13 Hours Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 127
0 pop's through carb at,idle
Last Post: IXL2Relax
Posted On: 14 Hours Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 5,065
0 oil light flickering
Last Post: John Harper
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 206
0 Slip on muffler
Last Post: LiveToRide57
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 246
Views: 86,647
0 Fork Gaiters
Last Post: tiderider
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,919
0 What did you do for your sporty Today?
Last Post: Stray Cat
Posted On: 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 7,992
Views: 1,448,696
0 Gas Cap problem?
Last Post: ZTatZAU
Posted On: 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,921
0 Bike issue after swapping handlebar. :(
Last Post: Toejam503
Posted On: 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 527
0 23" wheel 4"over fork tubes
Last Post: class of 82
Posted On: 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 76
0 Saddlemen Step Up or Drag Specialties Predator III Seat?
Last Post: Mathias
Posted On: 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 4,909
0 All balls generator
Last Post: class of 82
Posted On: 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 327
More...
Members Birthdays
Rating: 2 votes, 4.50 average.

One Damn Day (Part 1)

Submit "One Damn Day (Part 1)" to Google
Posted 17th September 2015 at 04:04 by Nolemags
Updated 21st July 2016 at 00:42 by Nolemags (typo)

Every damn day I would go into the workshop to do anything I would try not to look at the ’69 sportster on the stand with its guts all hanging out on the concrete. An old fry pan holding motor oil with a layer of sawdust sat underneath. The sportster didn’t blink. But I couldn’t help but feel ashamed for tearing up that transmission three years earlier. And even more ashamed for not putting her back together.

I knew that one day, it would all wait and the priority would be to put it back on the road. But when would that be? The lawn, the leaky faucet, the fence, garden and all the projects…every damn one of them needing me to go into that workshop and see it sitting there standing straight up. Unblinking and proud - but full of dust.

It was a hot and humid Sunday morning. I went into the workshop and had to move some lawn tools out of the way to get to the workbench. I did my best not to trip on anything and stepped in the frying pan…my best wasn’t good enough. After finding a rag and cleaning the oil off my shoe, I stared the ironhead in the face and answered, “today”.

“What did you say?” my wife asked. I didn’t realize that she was just outside the garage door coming to get the push mower.

“Just answering a question the bike asked me.”

“oh. Right. How long has it been?”

“Almost 3 years.”

She pulled the mower out and went off.

I spend the next 30 minutes to an hour orienting myself to the situation. The workbench was cluttered. Gears were in a few different places and the manual was still open to the page about checking the clearances between the gears. A scrap of paper reference a thread on the XL Forum from 2010. The manual page had a hole where some insect started chewing on it. Luckily it was for the instructions on the post ’72 transmission when they went to the wet clutch.

I grabbed the feeler gauge and jumped back in. This time more gracefully and getting less oil on my shoe.
Posted in Uncategorized
Views 21148 Comments 2
« Prev     Main     Next »
Total Comments 2

Comments

  1. Old Comment
    scoot's Avatar
    I know the situation. same thing with a 62 sprint
    Posted 12th October 2015 at 02:35 by scoot scoot is offline
  2. Old Comment
    DavidR's Avatar
    Keep it coming.
    Posted 24th November 2015 at 01:04 by DavidR DavidR is offline
 


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 15:58.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC