Archive for ‘Maintenance’

November 15, 2020

Relocation

Blinkers on the Move

– a quick alteration to shift the indicators from their lower, and exposed, position to a placement just off the headlight. The old location is replaced with a small flush Union Flag motif LED light. Kit made by Terry Harrison in the UK.

May 23, 2020

Cats Eyes

Most Illuminating

The Big Kitty got a pair of auxiliary lights affixed to it today. Added brightness down the road ahead and better conspicuousness in traffic. They are genuine Triumph accessories so once plugged into the bikes harness a switch, which until now wasn’t operational, gives easy control of the new lighting.

April 5, 2020

Reading

Tsundoku

It means buying books and letting them pile up unread. The word dates back to the very beginning of modern Japan, the Meiji era (1868-1912) and has its origins in a pun. Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読.

February 20, 2020

Oxidation

Rusty

More than an age worn patina, this mid seventies Bonneville has been weatherized under decades of barn rafter dust and farm critter nesting. It may be past any level of recovery with an appearance of disintegration into its constituent ferrous and alumina atoms.

February 18, 2020

Poetry in the Garage

Writings from the sharp end of a wrench

Just ordered this small book from Etsy of a collection of motorcycle inspired odes. It’ll make a change from the oily thumbed workshop manual…

January 8, 2020

Tea!

Brew fixin’s | the garage is ready for winter maintenance occupation. Kettle, mug, teabags and wireless. Sorted!

January 5, 2020

Man Cave

Shed | winter organizing at the garage. Shelves, hooks, bins and swept floor. Wireless playing public radio. Just need a kettle and teapot.

November 18, 2019

Man Cave

Winter Projects | with the oncoming off-season approaching I need to get the garage space organized. With limited space careful planning will ensure efficiency. A leaking roof needs to be addressed too.

October 28, 2019

Put a Tiger on your Tank

Sight Glass | The Tiger has its very first oil change last week. 500 mile service taken care of and we’re ready to seriously roll.

October 13, 2019

Props

Stand Up | One thing the Tiger didn’t come with was a centerstand. Handy for lubricating the chain; makes tire changing a simpler task; and useful for changing the oil. The latter of which I’ll be carrying out soon for the first service. So today I acquired a purposeful stand that allows me to get the bike upright and off its rear wheel. 40 bucks at Harbor Freight. It’s certainly a handy addition to the workshop!

September 23, 2019

Ads

39 Years Ago | Recently my family acquired a stack of old Classic Bike magazines from the Eighties. A few made it back to the States from our recent trip to Scotland. Here’s a typical classified back page where information on parts, repair, sales were a key part of vintage motorcycle restoration and maintenance. Remember this is a generation before the all seeing and doing InterWeb. The monthly magazines were essential reading for the enthusiast.

September 16, 2019

Luddite not I

Technology | Now that we are well into the Twenty First Century everything gets fettled with Apps (applications). The Tiger being such a technologically inclined machine you can plug in your laptop with an ECU reader and delve into the program gubbins. Here the throttle bodies can be balanced – a far cry from balancing a pair of Amal carbs! Error codes checked, service intervals set, ABS brakes bleeding, sensor readings, instrument testing… it’s magical!

August 14, 2019

No. 9

Grunge Band HQ | just signed a lease for a garage space for the bikes. Instead of the subterranean offering which sometimes gets a tad dank I will now have an above ground secure space off an alley. It’s securely tucked away from prying eyes.

May 15, 2019

Gripper Stebson

Knobby Clarke | You can conjure up long forgotten or invent new creative curse words when changing a tire. Four ‘tar arns’, soapy water, elbow grease, and the job gets done… in 1 1/4 hours. I’m sure the front should go quicker now some semblance of a technique is being learned.

May 11, 2019

‘Gin ‘n’ Tonic

Tri-Umph | Three in the garage. Rainy day spent changing the oil and filter on the Bonnie. Getting it ready for some short outings in the coming season.