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whats the latest youve ver worked on your bike?

WideOpen

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well its 2am, i dont really feel like going to bed so im going to go work on my bike. Ive worked on my bike til midnight before but ive never started this late.

so whats the latest youve ever worked on your bike?
 
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#3
I've learned that I'll end up doing something really stupid if I work on stuff when I'm tired...the lastest I went was 10:30 probably and I quit 'cause I overtightened something and busted it.
 

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#4
Work on it? What's work? I don't understand the language you are speaking. :confused:
 

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It was late winter/early spring, and the swingarm and rear linkage was completely disassembled for a cleaning / greasing project. Last minute decision to go on the inaugural spring ride up north. Got home from work Friday evening, and worked on putting the bike back together and loading the trailer. Finally went to bed around 3:30am, and got up at 5:30am due to a power outage that triggered the smoke detectors. Got up and hit road. Riding on the trail by 10am. It was well worth it!
 
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I sold the motor for the 00 yz250 last week and finished the deal and got the PayPal around Midnight. It was like a jolt of electricity. I went out to the garage and parted the bike out, cleaned parts, took pictures and was washing my hands for the last time and went to bed around 4am. Got up at 6am and started the new day.
 

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The night before a race or a ride or a shoot, I can never sleep, so I'll go out and do something on the bike, Hell I've changed the gearing @ 3am and left for the race @ 4:30am.
 
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A few months ago I couldn't sleep and got up around 3:30 am. I got to thinking it was time for a top end, so by 5 had the engine out and was poking around. By 6 am had the parts ordered online. By 6:30 i decided i was going to strip the bike and paint the frame. By 9 the bike was completely disassembled...
...A month later it finally went back together (sucks to only have time to work on it once a week)

Whoever decided on a magenta frame, with white plastics and pink decals is beyond me...
-93 yamaha wr 250
 

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Last spring thekid crashed at a friday night race and we had to be at a different track for Sat AM racing. Problem was he busted his foot brake lever and I was lucky enough to find a guy with an extra. Drove to the next track- arrived at 3AM set up the camper then started replacing the foot lever and changing fluids, air filter, and going over the bike finished about 4:15am or so. Got 1 1/2 hrs sleep and got ready for practice. Of course thekid- factory rider wannabe he is- got a full 7 hrs sleep:)
 

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#10
9pm or so, but thats only because my bike is at a shop all the time, so its hard to stay late.
 

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Sleep? I don't even want to get started.
Okie covered it best--'I'll get plenty of sleep when I'm dead'.
 

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#12
Yea well I guess you old farts require less sleep then the youngings like me. I've worked on my bike until 11pm at night. And I've also gone out there at 12:30am to do something quick and simple. But after that I gotta sleep until 10am atleast. I get like 8-10 hours of sleep a day usually. But it's hard to sleep the night before a race.
 

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Man 8-10 hrs !?!?, I usually get 4-6 and if I'm lucky maybe an 1-1-1/2 before a race, but after a race, the minute I get home, I hit the floor and I'm out for 4-6.

And my kids.........hell, they can saw off 10-12 easy, I just can't do it
 
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#14
Well, I've done a few allnighters getting bikes ready for the next day. Spent the night in the back of a pick-up truck, under a camper assembling the top end of a flattracker on the way to the Sacramento mile. Got there just in time for practice. :eek:

The most memorable has to be at the one and only AMA road race National we had at the now defunct Ontairo Motor Speedway. I was riding a BSA triple and we got the bike in it's stock form about two weeks before the race. Spent the next two weeks in the shop until about 2-3 oclock every morning getting the bike ready.

Since it was stock, we had to completely dissasemble the engine, machine, massage, zyglo, magnaflux, shotpean, every moving part. Replace most parts with racing parts. Change the frame, wheels, bodywork, etc, etc, etc.

Got the bike done at about 4 oclock in the morning the first day of practice. Everything went suprisingly well during practice. Bike ran good, nothing fell off, even had enough top end speed to be in the hunt for qualifying.

We were pretty tired but, we were feeling pretty proud of ourselves on the way home. All we had to do for the next day was check the bike over, check valve clearance, change tires, oils, etc, etc. Not too much.

I was living in Lakewood at that time and on the way home, we turned the corner to get on the 91 freeway and heard a loud snap in the back of the van. Broken axle! :scream: Fortunatly I had another old axle in the shop with a loose bearing. But, the shop was 35 miles away and it was already about 6 or 7 oclock.

Contacted a friend who came out and rescued us and gave us a ride to the shop. Tig welded the loose bearing on the old axle and my wife gave us a ride back out to Corona where the van was. By the time we got the axle changed and got everything back to the shop it was after midnight and we still had to work on the bike.

Got everything done on the bike by about 4 am or so, loaded up and was back out at the speedway by 7 am, just in time for day two of practice and qualifying. No sleep. :ugg: Found myself going down the front straightaway at about a buck fourty, wondering when my eyes were going to focus on the corner. That was pretty scary.

All in all the day went very well. Qualified well and ran 7th in the main event until at about mile 60 of the 75 mile main event I tossed it away at the end of the endfield straightaway. My own dumb fault. The bike wasn't damaged too bad and was able to pick it up, tear the broken faring and windscreen bits off and finish the race. Finished 14th. All things considered, I was pretty happy with that. Went home and slept for about a week. :confused:

Oh the things we do in the name of fun. :laugh:
 
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The old man is rambling again, here we go!! :)