Etikettarkiv: clutch

Blood, sweat and oil

BadassBikeFive hours of intense wrenching and what do I have to show for it? Not that much really, but still closer to my goal: getting my CBR 600 to pass the Swedish MOT inspection. Today I took a few small steps towards that goal and a pretty giant leap backwards. The net worth is still a forward motion though… Fortsätt läsa Blood, sweat and oil

The art of gearing up

SleepingBagThere is nothing quite like the feeling of getting that message that you have a package to pick up. Even better when there are two packages. It feels a bit like Christmas, except you’re Santa and you know what great presents you are going to get. Nine out of ten times, my gifts are from myself and have to do with motorcycle. No exception today… Fortsätt läsa The art of gearing up

Neutral no more

13283_10152914453190922_727371732043068279_nI complained about the bike only starting in neutral even with the clutch lever pulled in before. Not only does this pose a problem when the badly mapped engine stalls in the middle of a turn or at a crossroads, more importantly it makes me look like a fool, balancing the bike while trying to find neutral and desperately pushing the button.  Well, that problem is about to be solved… Fortsätt läsa Neutral no more

Another gear

IMG5197I really have to pick up the pace although I am currently spending at least an hour and half every night doing what needs to be done. The clutch is mounted, so is the the alternator. What’s lacking though is the oil cooler (waiting on two collars before I can mount it) and the starter motor with the starting clutch (waiting for the gear shaft). So today I began working on the cylinder head… Fortsätt läsa Another gear

Into the groove

10399994_10152682467165922_2987439187850652172_nThere is no denying that supernatural forces take part in creating a motorcycle. How else could you explain the force used to lock bolts into place but by the hands of giants? This time, they have been wrenching on the alternator, more specifically the flywheel bolt. I can’t get it off but looking at the spec sheet it is within my strength level, hence the conclusion about giants. Or even worse, some fucking moron amongst the previous owners who has used an air tool…  Fortsätt läsa Into the groove

Working on our love

10422970_10152676378095922_5634887182110519395_nThe thing about motorcycles is that they don’t fix themselves while you do other things. You have to actively pursue wrenching in order to get somewhere. This requires a certain amount of willpower and dedication and as such is a measure not only of competence but of character as well. This was just a fancy way of saying that I had to force myself to get back to wrenching but it was quite fun as soon as I had motor oil all over my hands again.  Fortsätt läsa Working on our love

Let the wrenching commence

partsThe urge to buy a new bike (new to me that is) has become almost irresistible. Or rather, the urge to go on an epic journey has returned with a vengeance. To accomplish that I need something that can travel on and off the beaten track. Like a KTM 690 Enduro for example. But when life holds you back, it’s time to go into wrenching mode. With the parts I got today I am ready to make some progress.  Fortsätt läsa Let the wrenching commence

Dirty heads

engineThe new year is here and it has been a great start. Together with a friend, an impact driver and some force we managed to crack open the cylinder head bolts. It wasn’t easy but we did it so we could finally remove that part of the engine to have a look underneath. It was dirty. Like really dirty. I don’t know if the piston heads are supposed to look like that but they looked dirty.  Fortsätt läsa Dirty heads