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 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 4 Minutes Ago
Replies: 24,126
Views: 1,422,467
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 26 Minutes Ago
Replies: 51,731
Views: 8,685,768
0 Aluminum patina
Last Post: spoon
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 167
0 Has there ever been a 120* vs 90" DD comparison ?
Last Post: Ghostdog
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 74
0 Where To Get Free Air
Last Post: spoon
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 526
0 Ugh -- looking at bottom end rebuild
Last Post: aswracing
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 472
0 40 Years
Last Post: Randy_rots
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 43
0 82 XLH in Arkaksas
Last Post: shanneba
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 138
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 31,587
Views: 3,626,122
0 This is gonna hurt.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 8,838
Views: 2,048,344
0 New Member
Last Post: NLXL
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 92
0 Tappet Roller kits questions
Last Post: bill smith
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 7,294
0 05 1200R cylinder oil leak and clacking
Last Post: Hippysmack
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 4,262
0 Show us the different versions of your bike!!
Last Post: Mazdog355
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 194
Views: 80,731
0 Rubbermount Poll
Last Post: JunkyardDog
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 262
Views: 88,722
0 Fatster Project
Last Post: Tonyb65
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 5,798
0 Show me your bike standing next to a sunset...
Last Post: Mazdog355
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 264
Views: 64,723
0 Show your favorite pic of your bike. just one
Last Post: Mazdog355
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 4,838
Views: 1,948,671
5 Clutch replacement
Last Post: JunkyardDog
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,874
9 Transmission Case Wear/Shafts
Last Post: ZachXLCH
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 81
0 "The Blues" thread!
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 1,038
Views: 128,765
0 I was surprised Friday, would appreciate some input.
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 489
0 Food porn
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,455
Views: 561,992
0 Iree's late night cafe
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,089
Views: 340,187
0 Happy Birthday Shanneba!!!
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 149
0 Invalid:
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 979
0 Dreaded carb again
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 820
0 Happy Birthday Crusty and Joes95bobber!
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 620
6 Static Timing: Identifying Wide/Small Cam Lobes
Last Post: 73HEAD
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 3,896
0 head specs
Last Post: kitabel
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 5,244
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 20347 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 16:44.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC