Red Echo

August 7, 2008

I mostly fixed the crash damage to my motorcycle last night. I thought I needed a new right-side peg bracket, but closer inspection revealed that it was the mounting plate which was bent, not the bracket. Careful torquing with a claw hammer brought everything back into alignment. Similar brute-force engineering fixed the handle bars: the bars were fine, but the forks were twisted. You can fix this properly by loosening the triple tree clamps, etc., but I just grabbed the front wheel between my knees and yanked hard on the handle bars until it all came back into alignment. Whee, the bike is comfortable again.

I topped up the engine oil and accidentally overfilled it. Then I rode over to Kirkland. The excess oil ended up all over the back of the frame, the rear wheel, the brake assembly, and my pants.