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I just was heading out to the garage to finish final prep on the bike for Putnam. Just need to check brake pads and test ride it.

Oh wait! It's snowing!

Wish I had a camera person. I'm going to go anyway. So if my next post is in the track days for sale section, you know why!

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There is a guy I work with who rides damn neear everyday on an old BMW bike. Rain, shine, snow, 0 degrees out. Says he wont ride when its icy and thats it....

I think he is nuts.
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that's nothing.....take your bike out for a test ride a blow the motor....

Is it 2007 yet?
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There is a guy I work with who rides damn neear everyday on an old BMW bike. Rain, shine, snow, 0 degrees out. Says he wont ride when its icy and thats it....

I think he is nuts.
Yup I had a teacher in high school that did that, he's also a motorcycle safety instructor... everyday snow, rain, tornado, freezing out .. always see his bike in the parking lot

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that's nothing.....take your bike out for a test ride a blow the motor....

Is it 2007 yet?
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There is a guy I work with who rides damn neear everyday on an old BMW bike. Rain, shine, snow, 0 degrees out. Says he wont ride when its icy and thats it....

I think he is nuts.

I ride my old BMW to work nearly every day too. My time riding is the best part of the work week. I laugh to myself as I pass 4 wheel vehicles that sport HD stickers. Does the cold effect chrome?

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I used to be hard core like that. I rode in every kind of weather. I put a lot of miles on my trusty F2. Left one day and it was 40 degrees, and supposed to be 50 by the lunch hour. Came out of school and the ground was frozen and there were flurries. That was a fun ride home.

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Does the cold effect chrome?
Yes it does. so I take the Duc out




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Spent three nights in the garage stripping, prepping, checking, and cleaning necessary parts to get the bike ready for Putnam. "OK, I'm finally done." Clean the work area. One last final Inspection. "I'm just going to take it around the block to shake down the brakes, and warm up the chain so I can lube it," I think to myself. Get it off the bike stand. Play hell trying to wiggle and squirm it through the maze that is the garage.

"Ok, I finally got it outside and I'm ready to go." Start it up, check for leaks...."NO Leaks!!! Great." Turn the bike around (as it was facing the wrong way) and head to the end of the driveway. Look left...car. Look left again no car. Look right, no car. "ok, just take it slow." Eased out the clutch and made a left turn out of the driveway. CRACK!!! The rear tire squirmed and squealed as it tried to regain traction. "WTF!?!" Then out of no where...the oil light came aglow with its crimson splender. Shut her down and pull onto the side of the road. Since I didn't have a sidestand I couldn't give her a proper look over, but as I looked to the left side of my bike I could see an oily residue glistening on top the stator cover. Quick look at the belly pan revealed 2 quarts of fresh synthetic 10W40 in the wrong spot.

I push it back to the garage and get it up on the stand. Through close investigation I found that a bracket atop the front sprocket had been broken from the engine case and I could see the shift drum bearing staring back at me with an evil shine. "WTF? How could this have happened?" At first I thought it was professor plum with the candlestick, but no, it was a 5mm socket!!! Somehow the little guy was missed, sitting on the swingarm, behind the frame. Turns out, as I made the left turn, it rolled onto the chain, made its way forward, broke the bracket, caused a Quarter-sized hole in my motor, 2 deep scratches, and a broken chain (1/32 piece of metal was all the was left holding the chain together; glad it didn't bust). Worse yet, it ruined the socket!!

So I don't want to hear anyone complaing about it being cold, rainy, dark, or otherwise, because I would rather have that than this.
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There is a guy I work with who rides damn neear everyday on an old BMW bike. Rain, shine, snow, 0 degrees out. Says he wont ride when its icy and thats it....

I think he is nuts.
We have one here too and his name is Ron - Some call him ChiefBD and yes, he is nuts

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Spent three nights in the garage stripping, prepping, checking, and cleaning necessary parts to get the bike ready for Putnam. "OK, I'm finally done." Clean the work area. One last final Inspection. "I'm just going to take it around the block to shake down the brakes, and warm up the chain so I can lube it," I think to myself. Get it off the bike stand. Play hell trying to wiggle and squirm it through the maze that is the garage.

"Ok, I finally got it outside and I'm ready to go." Start it up, check for leaks...."NO Leaks!!! Great." Turn the bike around (as it was facing the wrong way) and head to the end of the driveway. Look left...car. Look left again no car. Look right, no car. "ok, just take it slow." Eased out the clutch and made a left turn out of the driveway. CRACK!!! The rear tire squirmed and squealed as it tried to regain traction. "WTF!?!" Then out of no where...the oil light came aglow with its crimson splender. Shut her down and pull onto the side of the road. Since I didn't have a sidestand I couldn't give her a proper look over, but as I looked to the left side of my bike I could see an oily residue glistening on top the stator cover. Quick look at the belly pan revealed 2 quarts of fresh synthetic 10W40 in the wrong spot.

I push it back to the garage and get it up on the stand. Through close investigation I found that a bracket atop the front sprocket had been broken from the engine case and I could see the shift drum bearing staring back at me with an evil shine. "WTF? How could this have happened?" At first I thought it was professor plum with the candlestick, but no, it was a 5mm socket!!! Somehow the little guy was missed, sitting on the swingarm, behind the frame. Turns out, as I made the left turn, it rolled onto the chain, made its way forward, broke the bracket, caused a Quarter-sized hole in my motor, 2 deep scratches, and a broken chain (1/32 piece of metal was all the was left holding the chain together; glad it didn't bust). Worse yet, it ruined the socket!!

So I don't want to hear anyone complaing about it being cold, rainy, dark, or otherwise, because I would rather have that than this.

So your motor didn't blow up, so much as you murdered it?

Seriously, that totally sucks. I've often wondered if my anal retentiveness is really retentive enough to prevent such an incident. So far so good, but I've had my share of close calls (started bike without oil for about 2 seconds).

Is it fixable?

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Needs new cases......and a rebuild.

I'm very anal retentive about cleanliness AND putting tools away too. The little POS was apparently very hidden.

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Loose tools do suck. I had my tool pouch under my seat open up once. it dumped all my tools out the back of the bike and some dropped into some precarious positions in the bike. A few close to doing some damage. I feel sorry for the poor saps behind me




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