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I appreciate the right tool for the job. What I haven't mentioned is that I'm living on my motorcycle. My tool kit, though ... adequate, is far from what my garage used to be. I'm based out of 2 duffel bags, a tool bag, and a few other small things.
I was hoping to get back to riding tomorrow. Even without the fork oil, the suspension seems ... reasonable. These bikes already ride like tanks to start with, so a small difference won't be the end of the world. I will set about finding / ordering the socket that I need. I already have the oil filter solid socket, so this one should be able to fit within it.
On a side note, if anyone wants to know just how much you can beat on these bikes, and how much abuse they can take, come ask me. I've got some stories...
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The short list? This poor bike has survived me for 10 years. So far, it has, in no particular order:
gone swimming in gravel down a mountain road at 25ish, nearly into the trees
kissed the asphalt at 25ish
been rear ended lightly
won a head on parking lot collision with a car
slid into a rear bumper
killed a deer at ~60-65ish
snorkeled through a foot and a half of standing water, twice in different years
ridden across country, literally, from Seattle to Orlando, with a myriad of problems such as no speedo, no license plate, no turn signals, a blown front fork, and more for the entire trip
and most recently, been forced into a curbed median at 30ish mph.
There were many good times in there too, make no mistake, but yeah. That's a short list of the highs and lows.
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Sounds like a keeper to me!
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Oh yeah. I'm keeping it. Insurance has totalled it out after the deer hit. I bought it from them and rebuilt it for a few hundred in parts plus a month of my learning and wrenching. Tank is still dented from that, and the frame may be slightly bent with the left a touch further back than the right.
Oddly enough, in all of these incidents, the bike has NEVER been down on the right. Gravel, concrete, median, deer, bumpers, always down on the left. I have lost count of the shift pegs that I've purchased. I really should have a stamp to make them and the shift arms on my own by now.
Wait, no. It was once knocked over by a drunk driver on to the right side, but I didn't see that happen. The barkeep and cop had stood it back up by the time I came back to it. The cop's partner did get the driver, but only damage was a front brake lever and signal lens cap I think. They only just clipped it while turning a corner.
But seriously... I could stack shift pegs up to make a trophy by now, I've replaced so many.
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Maybe a shift pedal should become your avatar?
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cool idea, but I'll keep my fully loaded x-country image.
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