Wrenching is usually something I do to my bikes (yes, that wording is correct), partly because of my inexperience which means I cannot guarantee a job well done. But today I got the chance of doing something for someone else and it was a great feeling to see another person, albeit a friend, ride off with a smile on his face and a working bike.
First I would like to stress that it was nothing more than a broken speedometer cable on his Triumph Bonneville 2004, the result of forgetting to remove the disc lock (never take off without having checked this, kids!). We’ve all done it and most of the times it’s just a scare but he was unfortunate enough to break the base of the cable where it attaches to the wheel hub. The inner cable wasn’t broken but with the plastic keeping it in place, we decided to replace it.
There is nothing more frustrating than waiting on parts, but I actually had a spare speedometer cable intended as a replacement for my CBR 600 and it fit. Of course, the design where it enters the speedometer itself was a bit different so we had to remove the instrument cluster to fit the cable but it fit. And it worked. While we were at it we looked at the brake caliper and function of the bike too.
This can hardly be counted on as a repair, it was just an easy fix. I still feel happy that I could do something mechanical for someone other than me. My dream is to build bikes for other people and every step towards that goal, no matter how small, is a victory of kind.
I know the motorcycle industry is one of profit and that the different manufacturers have to profit to keep making bikes. I understand that repair shops have to charge a certain amount to keep going, employ mechanics, buy tools and such. I get all that, but that is the side of this wonderful community I like the least.
What I truly love about being a biker is being a part of a non-profit, caring, sharing and loving community. There are of course fucktards riding bikes, but as a whole you tend to look after each other. A nod to an old, rugged biker about to straddle his Harley and you get a nod back even though you’re riding a KTM 450 EXC. A wave to Hayabusa rider and she waves back to you on your CBR 600 street fighter, home build on a budget.
I am sure that if I’m ever stuck beside the road with some kind of problem, another biker will stop and offer his or her help. And that is why I like to help people. If everyone deposits on the community karma account, you will always be able to withdraw some without ever emptying the account…
Thanks for the photo, Thomas!