Rights of Passage

Grinding valves by hand, riveting sprockets, boiling corks, soaking gaskets . . . and changing tires with irons.  All soon to be forgotten forms of motorcycle maintenance.  To really get into vintage bikes - you must do these things.  A ritual.  A right of passage.  A pain-in-the-ass.  Too cheap to buy a tire machine.

8 comments:

aric said...

my boys, 10 & 11, change their own on their dirt bikes, always buy two tubes at a time!! dammit...

lucky23design said...

It's amazing how much we learn about vintage motorcycle mechanics by being flat ass broke, eh?

grant said...

mind those fingers.....ouch

Mish said...

Lucky nailed it there! Raising a family while running vintage iron will sure make you a better wrench.

Anchor Motorsickle said...

You should be a motivational speaker. You could spout off endless hours of tolerances and shim specs and at the end of the class just have the kids wrestle off a 30 year old tire using only a crescent wrench and some screwdrivers. That will teach them!

Jeff Wright said...

ISDE riders can do that along the trail in 3 minutes or less.
A plastic milk carton will help you out like crazy.

Jeff Wright said...

I ment milk crate

Noot said...

I know what you meant - It does a body good you know?