Thursday, June 14, 2007

Success has Many Faces

For example, tonight, I was most successful in learning several new ways not to take the radiator off the VX800.

I did successfully remove a radiator hose, by cutting that sumbitch open and yanking it off. You'd better believe that was satisfying, too.

Anyway, I can't get the darn radiator loose. The fan shroud (or whatever you'd like to call it) hits the frame. And, of course, I can't get the fan shroud loose because one of the previous owners evidently removed and 3-ton epoxied every stinking bolt on the bike. Seriously, some bolts just should not have loc-tite on them...

One other discovery - it is now officially darn hot in the garage. You all know me, though. I prefer to do my wrenching in the post-apocalyptic desert heat. The sweat keeps my brain lubricated.


Surly said...

Now that I own a lick-wid cooled motorcycle, I shall take heed of the glycol gods. Or lack thereof.

Combatscoot said...

A dangerous thing to do around motorcycles, yes, but heating a loctited bolt with a blowtorch can free it.