I started the usual maintenance check on the Tiger, inspect the tires, check the brake pads, fluids and of course, change the oil... but what the?
Okay breathe and try again, grunt, swear, grunt and snap! I finally broke loose the drain plug.
Why was the drain plug on so tight? I had the oil changed when the sprag clutch was replaced.
|New crush washer on left, "crushed" washer on right|
|Someone took the term crush washer literally.|
I have never, ever, ever seen a crush washer this flattened. I replaced the crush washer and drain plug and filled her up with fresh oil...
Then I had to try to find from where the oil was leaking. Awwww man!?!
I went through the first stage - denial "This can't be happening".
I removed the drain plug, drained the fresh oil, confirmed the source of the leak and went right to the second stage - anger "Why me? It's not fair".
I immediately searched Bike Bandit and ebay for a replacement pan, cross referenced part numbers, posted up help requests on forums, checked the calendar, cursed, calculated downtime, cursed some more and jumped right to the third stage - bargaining "please let me find an inexpensive replacement part".
I emailed friends to politely bow out of an upcoming weekend ride, checked the forums, checked finances with the CFO and plodded onto the forth stage - depression "oh, what's the point?"
It wasn't until I went to bed before finally arriving at stage five - acceptance "It's going to be OK."
Tuesday morning I took Brandy's bike to work wondering what I was going to do. Through a couple of friends came a recommendation of a local aluminum welder and with nothing to lose I gave him a call. He asked me to remove it, degrease it then take it to the car wash and power wash it before bringing it into him. Since Brandy wouldn't let me near the dishwasher it was off to the car wash.
|The first crack|
|Is it? A second split in the case?|
|From the inside|
Tim does great work explaining exactly what he did, why he did it and how he did it.
|Good as new|
He also explained to me how these pans are made, their weaknesses, faults and the importance of torque wrenches. We chatted for nearly an hour telling me stories of his most memorable rides, many of them 1000 mile day rides, yes, I said day rides. And I thought 300 miles was a good day.
|Evidently the inside was a b*tch to weld|
Next was to find a gasket, I called around today and found one in stock at Hansen's in Medford, four hours south of us and I asked them to send it Priority Mail to me so I hope to see it Friday. Now to wade through the gasket/sealant debate to find the best method to reassemble and wait for the gasket.