Zen and the Stupid Mistakes

Did Zen ever make any mistakes when he was practicing the art of motorcycle maintenace? Back when I was a kid riding dirt bikes with my best friend Marc we used to make a lot of dumb moves wrenching on our motorcycles. Once Marc stripped his spark plug hole. He tried to glue the spark plug into the cylinder head with Crazy Glue. The spark plug shot out like a missile the first time he tried to kick start the Honda. The projectile almost hit me in the head! Marc’s older brother was an ace mechanic at the local Kawasaki dealer and always came to our rescue. Unfortunately I still screw up and make some dumb moves. Like the time I connected a new battery in my first Sportster negative to positive and positive to negative. Fried that sucker! Made a nasty nasty smell! That’s why I hate working on my newer Harley-Davidson motorcycle! A few years later I have picked up my tools again to do my own motorcycle maintenance for financial reasons. I have also come to realize if you want to know it was done right then you have to do it yourself. This way you also know if it was done wrong. Regardless, you know what was done! I recently made another dumb move but before I disclose it and embarrass myself, please tell me your dumbest motorcycle maintenace mistake story?

9 Responses to “Zen and the Stupid Mistakes”

  1. haha flying spark plugs, brilliant. we all make these crazy mistakes 🙂

  2. added some new pieces and put everything back together and found out i had not plugged in the electrical connections that make it work. thought i had defectives pieces. just a loose nut on the wrench.

  3. “Just a loose nut on the wrench”… that’s funny!

  4. gotta look in the mirror and laugh.

  5. I am only laughing because well you know we have all made them, stupid mistakes. How ever if we don,t learn from them that puts one in a different category altogether. Keep at it BE PATIENT and you will come out on top. P.S. always check the manual!!!!!

  6. AMEN to that.

  7. I have only had my Haynes service manual for the Dodge since the beginning of the year and it looks all worn out. Glad the Harley service manual which I have had only about a month longer is in better shape; but I have been reading it.
    The interesting thing is the motorcycles which were new not so long ago, are not so new now and are starting to show signs of age. We had our first breakdown on the road this past week. Diana’s blew a rear wheel bearing. It was good to have the knowledge from owning the service manual to understand what had malfunctioned.

  8. I hope buying this Dodge doesn’t fall into the catagory of stupid mistakes. I’m still hoping we can work the bugs out and breathe some life into her. She is too young to be put to pasture. Please cross your fingers.

  9. Bob and Kevin, here is a question: there is only 1 year difference between my motorcycle and Diana’s, should I get the service manual for her 2008 bike too or do you think we can do with just the one manual for the 2007?

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