Monday, April 21, 2008

VX800 - The Latest News

So it turns out this weekend's quality motorcycle time was spent with the VX800. I had a better time of it than usual, but the thing isn't back together yet. The troublesome bolt continues to trouble me.

On the other hand, I got the old oil filter off and the old oil out of the bike. I haven't put the new filter on or the fresh oil in, but I probably will tonight. Incidentally, everyone should have an oil filter strap wrench - my new top candidate for tool that makes a specific job much much easier. I wish I would have had one when I had to change the oil in my Nissan 200SX (hardest filter to get to EVER).

The oil drain bolt was on super tight, and I got a nice cut and bruise on my right hand ring finger when the bolt finally broke free and I bashed a pointy bit on the exhaust. Poor, poor me.

Concerning the trouble bolt - I just need a vise and a torch. I'm going to sacrifice a cheap wrench and bend it into a nice S-shape. That oughta get it. Do any of you in the Phoenix area have a vise, and a torch?

That pretty much sums up the progress on the VX.

Lady Luck and I also took the cage in to get a tire replaced. Naturally, that meant using the scooter as a support vehicle. On the way home from the tire shop, Lady Luck rode on the back. On the way to pick up the car again, I did. I am continually impressed with our Vespa. It really does it all, with style and grace.


irondad said...

Here's the link to the Ringo concert out here.

let me know if you come out. that's only about an hour and 20 minutes from me.

Lucky said...

I don't think we'll be there for the concert, but I'll let you know either way if we end up in Portland.

Wyckedsin said...

Why not drill a socket with 4 holes and use an Allen key in the holes...

Lucky said...

wycked - that's a good idea. I'm going to see if I can fit a socket in there.