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 Lets see your off season builds
Last Post: madnss
Posted On: 22 Minutes Ago
Replies: 1,422
Views: 211,499
6 1983 Ironhead- Final wiring
Last Post: ryder rick
Posted On: 25 Minutes Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,769
0 Regulator/rectifier question
Last Post: sportsterdoc
Posted On: 30 Minutes Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 179
6 Secret photo"s of folkies loft
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 35 Minutes Ago
Replies: 1,534
Views: 241,439
0 Knocking in Front Cylinder Until Warm (Before & After Rebuild)
Last Post: bustert
Posted On: 55 Minutes Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,541
0 IH Crankcase Pressure and Engine Breathing
Last Post: Hippysmack
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 65
Views: 3,099
0 Bean in a can (rattling when accelerating)
Last Post: sportsterdoc
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 578
0 No Power to hand controls
Last Post: sportsterdoc
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 179
0 New Product Sneak Peek!
Last Post: sportsterdoc
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 57
0 Dunlop American Elite tires
Last Post: glbsportster
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 971
0 Transformer XR1200
Last Post: Davo_137
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 483
Views: 55,280
0 1986 Adjustable Push Rod Adjustment
Last Post: kitabel
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 204
0 ....1
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 5,845
Views: 337,726
0 Late XLCH front end - any good?
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,486
0 G'day from London, England
Last Post: NLXL
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 83
0 73 Electric Start won’t run after firing
Last Post: Ferrous Head
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 290
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: trainman
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 23,207
Views: 2,367,540
0 top end rebuild
Last Post: eisenhead
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 3,400
0 my local dealership closed today
Last Post: brucstoudt
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 112
Views: 6,747
0 Do you blip the throttle when downshifting?
Last Post: Proteus
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 473
Views: 86,435
0 Fork oil q
Last Post: GA_Ironhead
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 173
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 48,638
Views: 7,868,461
0 1960 XLCH in the UK
Last Post: GA_Ironhead
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 253
Views: 32,634
0 Fng
Last Post: Highly-Dangerous
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 195
0 Hot Rods, Rat Rods, and Customs.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 4,250
Views: 630,203
0 My frist question...Fork seal replacement
Last Post: mikethebike61
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 285
0 Range With EFI 4.5 Gal Tank
Last Post: jzink0883
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 150
Views: 72,011
0 Range With EFI 3.3 Gal Tank
Last Post: Mike1nw
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 97
Views: 66,172
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 18,411
Views: 1,093,425
14 Buell back in business?
Last Post: 1200CustomHD
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 117
More...
Members Birthdays
Snuffy (71), cabby58 (62), SmoothyB (53), johnnyB (51), cayey (50), BIGschwerm (44), chief (44), Sporty Accorn (44), Muddypunk (35), Andreas (33)
Rating: 2 votes, 4.50 average.

One Damn Day (Part 1)

Submit "One Damn Day (Part 1)" to Facebook 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 18511 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 01:35.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC