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Old 02-12-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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The thing I hate most adjusting on my Airhead is....

As I was fine tuning the clutch adjustment on my Airhead tonight I realized how much I really hate this job... stupid skinny little nuts

How about you? What's the job you just can't stand ?


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Old 02-12-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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Getting the rubber "nubs" over the brake/clutch switches on the controls of my '74.
Getting the springs on the Reynolds Ride-Off stand.

Both jobs are the most time consuming for the least reward.
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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Oh, no the worst job is adjusting the swing arm bearings!!!

I was going to say stop your whining beatch, but didn't want to tick you off!
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:15 PM   #4
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I've cut a 14 ga bicycle spoke to the correct length for measuring the position of the clutch arm. As an added bonus, it's 2.0mm in diameter and can be used as a gauge for free play at the clutch lever.

Not that that helps with the damn locknut but I thought I'd mention it. It's one less thing to think about when doing this task.

I don't look forward to bleeding brakes.





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Old 02-12-2011, 06:56 PM   #5
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two words.....driveshaft boot

I feel sorry for the guy who had to do this at the factory!
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:21 PM   #6
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Bleeding the friggin brakes has to be the worst!

I have every brake tool known to man and speed bleeders on the calipers but there always one teeny tiny bubble, that takes two people and an extra hour of pumping to clear.

Bleeding brakes is right up there with changing the steering head bearings!
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:22 PM   #7
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Anything that requires going deep into the GS fairing. But I agree that driveshaft boot takes the prize.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:39 PM   #8
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I've cut a 14 ga bicycle spoke to the correct length for measuring the position of the clutch arm. As an added bonus, it's 2.0mm in diameter and can be used as a gauge for free play at the clutch lever.

Not that that helps with the damn locknut but I thought I'd mention it. It's one less thing to think about when doing this task.

I don't look forward to bleeding brakes..
I labeled a few yellow zip ties with the correct length and cut them to width... the spoke is a better idea, but I don't have any!
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:56 PM   #9
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I labeled a few yellow zip ties with the correct length and cut them to width... the spoke is a better idea, but I don't have any!
Next time you're in a bicycle store or REI ask the shop guys for a 14 ga spoke. They may charge you 20 cents for it...along with the funny look for asking for a single spoke. Get a double-butted spoke if you want to save some weight in your traveling tool kit.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:16 PM   #10
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The clutch adjustment process is my pet peeve. I have no problem bleeding brakes and doing just about anything else on my bikes. Even the rear disk on my RT isn't an issue, and mine works perfectly.

But the dumb method of adjusting that clutch is just a pain in the butt.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:27 PM   #11
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Now that you guys mention it, I never had a problem bleeding the brakes on my airheads.. until I just did it on my R75. I'll bet I pumped it 200+ times.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:43 PM   #12
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Ha! I adjust the clutch on my racebike ...on the move.
I adjust it so it doesn't drag while I'm in the pits, then out on the track, if it slips, I back off the handlebar adjuster 'till it doesn't slip any more.

Not factory spec, but hey, it works
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:49 PM   #13
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Driveshaft boot! Gawd!!!

Ok, trying to line up the driveshaft/FD couplings on a Paralever is just as frustrating, probably more so, then aligning a driveshaft boot. I just about set fire to the whole garage while trying to accomplish that task.

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Old 02-12-2011, 09:05 PM   #14
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Driveshaft boot! Gawd!!!

Ok, trying to line up the driveshaft/FD couplings on a Paralever is just as frustrating, probably more so, then aligning a driveshaft boot. I just about set fire to the whole garage while trying to accomplish that task.

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Yeah, I nearly named the whole spline/diveshaft/ boot process as my nemesis but bleeding the front caliper was fresh on my mind.

Keep in mind that none of these tasks come close to the sillyness of changing coolant on a VW Vanagon. 30 some feet of coolant lines and a system that requires the van to be elevated 20 degrees in the front takes tediousness to a whole new level.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:04 PM   #15
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two words.....driveshaft boot

I feel sorry for the guy who had to do this at the factory!
Big +1. I hate that thing sooo much.
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