Thursday, July 7, 2016

Any Moron...

...can work on a motorcycle, but when you pay someone to work on one you wouldn’t expect them to be the idiot. Or, maybe I just expect to much and am being unreasonable.

I decided to put one of the new Avon Trike Tires on the front of Petunia and while checking thought why not put one on the playpen too.  The reviews on the tire are great on trikes and on the two I found used on a hack.  If it works on the bike it should be perfect on the sidecar.

That is where I found the stupidity. The playpen tire has been on for around 7 years and was showing some cracks on the sidewall.  Tires were ordered and are on the truck for delivery today, so why not be ready when they are delivered.  I removed the tire, broke it down, and found it a real bear to get off the rim.  Finally got the first side off and getting the tube out was about impossible as the valve stem didn’t want to come out of the rim.  I forced the rim out of the tire and found this:

While the rim is for an offset stem tube the shop used a tube with a center stem, the rim strip was a center stem strip, and the tube was just twisted to make it fit.  That boys and girls is why you shouldn’t let just anyone work on your bike.

Rant is over….I think I hear the UPS truck and I need to get back to work.


  1. this post reminded me of when it came time to do a regular service on my 2004 R1150RT Beemer, being new to it, I elected to have the dealership do the service. I got the motorcycle bike, several hundred dollars later, and found a well-dessicated grasshoper (big one) lying in the well that the air filter sits basically I've no idea if they even looked at the stuff required for services.

    Been doing them all myself since that day.

  2. Charlie6; I'm guessing nowhere in the BMW Service Manual did it mention removal of debris from the air housing. My last service at the local Stealership included a big puddle of oil under Petunia and their response was to say, "Well it is a Harley after all." When I suggested I would just ride it until it blew up and then let them cover the motor they went out to find the drain plug hadn't been tightened.

  3. Sometimes I think they get too busy or leave the relatively 'simple' jobs like changing oil and tires to the new apprentices, who, they expect know more, or care more than they really do. My last experience, oil slick down the entire side and the pool of oil under my newly serviced bike made me think, everyone is entitled to one mistake. And the shop I've been using volunteered to come pick up the bike and take it back to fix it. Luckily my next door neighbor had the tools and the expertise to help me out. We discovered one (of 3) bolts in the oil cover not tightened. Easy fix, but for this year's pre ride check up I still went to my 'other favorite' shop. I rely on them 'cause I am not handy!!!

  4. Heh....I won't let a shop touch Tramp! I swear they half ass it so you need to come back for something else later.

  5. VStar Lady; I agree that people can make mistakes, but this was was more than just a mistake. It was a case of flat out using the wrong parts knowingly, probably because they didn't have the right ones on hand and were afraid of losing a sale. There is no excuse for that no matter how long one has been working or employed.

    Dave; Harley shirts and poor service are the BIG money makers for the MoCo. I never went to a class and seem to be a better wrench than most of the Stealership hands. Careful what you you wish for if it doesn't snow up your way in the next couple of months.

  6. Let anyone touch your bike, punish yourself Grasshopper!
    In the next 4 weeks it's CA, OR, ID, UT, CO & NV. Think I'd trust
    that run to a certafried HD "yesterday I couln'dt spell techriken,
    today I are one" tech?

  7. Willy D; Enjoy the open road! Is there maybe a stop to see VD and BB in those miles?