Now, about getting BIG RED ready to roll. He will be washed, waxed and shined for sure before we head to Savannah. He is well maintained, but there are always mechanical issues to be addressed.
Since this is my pit crew.......
.......instead of this....
....I will do a lot of my own maintenance.
Kirk of Cycle Gear balancing the tire for freeI have my tools and most of the necessary spares on the shelf from previous trips. I will review it all and maybe take something out or add something. Just depends on how I feel when I do it.
OK. Had a little parts challenge. The first new rear brake part leaked so I had to order another and wait a week for it to arrive from Scooterwest. Got the new one on and away I went.....for 2 blocks. There was a strange clicking sound from the rear wheel so I turned around and but it back in the garage. I am thinking all day what the heck did I do wrong this time.
Yep, he is playing mechanic again. We told him not to do that.
Later in the day when I had time to investigate I found the clicking problem was the weights on the rear wheel just barely hitting a transmission bolt. Not anyone's error just something that happened. So, back to see Kirk and he rebalanced and moved the weights in a little so everything is now happy.
The scooter is driven by a rubber belt that runs from the engine to the rear wheel in an enclosed housing. This contraption also has little things called rollers and guides. These all have to come out and be replaced. Though I did most of my own maintenance I took this into the local scooter shop. This way I can have a professional set of eyes back up my old worn out eyes in looking over the whole bike.
Jason, actually both mechanics are Jason, did the work on Big Red. He always does the work I don't do on my scooters.
"So, you think this is it? You think you are ready?"