Trial and Error
There is a glut of really awful exorcism movies that occasionally appear in the mainstream, and you might as well add this one to the list. It’s the story of a motorcycle named the Duchess that uses her powers of influence to skirt the Catholic church and exorcise her demons – casting off all of the crucial bits that are the essence of her very being.
Since she returned from winter hibernation last month we’ve lost an assortment of hex bolts and wing nuts, bolt caps and machine screws. She has casually disposed of her shift lever at 50 mph, and a muffler at 35 (see above). As I slowly check off my list of spring maintenance projects she willingly adds several more. I can’t keep up with the old girl, and have taken to locking her into a room; by literally locking bolts onto her frame.
I think we’ll be fine…unless she decides to exorcise me too.
A week after the scare with the left foot shift lever I was presented with a new problem. While out bombing around one day the hex nut popped off of the shift linkage making it impossible to change gears (bolt to the upper right of the spring). I had to reset the linkage roadside, giving myself a nasty finger pinch in the process, and then nurse the bike home.
To continue with my spring cleaning I decided to tackle the drivechain. To my knowledge the chain has never been lubed, but most manufacturers recommend at least once every 500 miles. My chain was rusting and crusty with old gummy lube so I first took to scrubbing with an old toothbrush.