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Old 11-11-2012, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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At this point, I take a smile anytime

Hi guys,

A 76' T140 here. About a month ago, I decided to get a new rear tire.
From there, it became a replacement of the chain and sprockets. From there, it somehow evolved into a new clutch. And then having to replace a few tired parts.....let say it took a while, about 4 weeks I believe.
Anyhow, as my personal life has gone down since then, I kept looking at this bike more and more with a " tired " eye for sure. Anyhow, today, I thought it was well time to close it up and I went for it even if I didn't feel it. I closed the left side, put back the shifter, the left foot rest and I pushed the bike out. I looked at it and thought what the " **** " I have forgotten to do ?
After 6 kicks, there was still no life. I sure got worried. On the 7 kick, it fired up great. I rode it around the block for 10 minutes and it felt great. The clutch does take a bite more effort ( new springs ), but it changes gear super nice and the pull feels like a million buck.
I parked it and smiled. I don't know what tomorrow will bring. But I am thrilled it fired up and ran very good.
A step at the time I guess.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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good for you Terry! i do the same thing at times...not sure if i want to put the "effort" in to getting the bike out, making sure the battery is charged, etc. then kick it over and take it for a short ride, and BOOM, it makes my day, no matter what else is going on in life.....Rick
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Particularly in the winter, I find it hard to get started working on the bike, but find that the first half hour is the hardest.

Last year was quite hard and I often found that I couldn't get out to the garage til 9.00 or so and hated the first bit. But if I got into it, I could keep going till the early hours, or whenever my need to make noise seemed unneighbourly
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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