Friday, May 11, 2018

Right and wrong.

When I was young I was taught the difference between right and wrong. There is some difference,  but I've forgotten what. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018


When you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t. - Thomas Edison

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

To please people

Pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everybody off is a piece of cake.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Motorcycle purchase and maintenance.

Any half wit with a Toys R Us toolkit and a subscription to custom magazine can destroy a motorcycle.

When purchasing bike.
Check for rounded fasteners, check for rust, also check for rusted fasteners.
Check for incorrect fasteners, if 7 out of 10 screws are stainless Hex head but 3 are rusted Phillips, it is a fail.
Check brakes, If owner has super duper race brake pads, ask if the bike has been raced. If he says no, ask why he has super duper race brake pads. If he answers "to get better brakes" assume the bike has been raced, but on the road. This is also a fail.
Check tires for uneven wear and mismatching tire pressure. Ask the owner what tire pressure he recommends, if different from manufacturers recommendations ask why. Any reply to that question is wrong.
Check the chicken strips. You want about 2 cm chicken strips, that indicates confident and experienced, but careful owner. No chicken strips indicate someone who rides on the edge (literally), and has probably dropped the bike more than once. More than 3 cm indicates new rider who has no idea of the maintenance needed and has probably dropped the bike, more than once.
Check if the wheels line up. If they don't, something is wrong, probably the owner.
Check the brake levers, if they are aftermarket ask why. Any reply to that question is wrong.
Check the exhaust. Loud pipes hide possible engine and maintenance problems. They also mean that you get more tired when riding the bike.

Every bike is an adventure bike if you try hard enough.


Thanks to large corporations the word Quality has changed from Craftsmanship and Pride to the Lowest Standard a customer will accept.
It used to be, "buy cheap, buy twice". 
It used to be, buy expensive quality to guarantee long lasting product. Now it is, buy expensive, return to manufacturer for fix, argue with manufacturer over warranty, stop using product, let it rot in your garage while you keep using the cheap product you bought for few days emergency use.
Now it is "buy cheap, buy the insurance, get it replaced if fails".

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


As a self-taught mechanic I can only conclude that my teacher was an idiot.