guzziriders.org - moto guzzi forum Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > Social section > The Bar.
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Retirement
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Retirement

 Post Reply Post Reply Page  123 8>
Author
Message
BobV7 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 20 Nov 2014
Location: W. Sussex
Status: Offline
Points: 2058
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Retirement
    Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 14:45
Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great sadness and regret that I must announce my retirement from certain aspects of our great world of motorcycling.

Today I set about changing all the oils in my V7, a task which for the best part of 50 years has given me great satisfaction and an almost zen like sense of well being on its completion. Not so today for after only a couple of hours crouched before the temple of petroleum based lubricants, I found the knees, eyes and back now call the shots and yet another pleasure has been taken from me by the cruel march of time. No longer will the gentle clink of spanners, the muttered curse or the urgent call for plasters be heard issuing from the depths of the garage. I shall of course continue with the often meaningless search for the irritating rattle or squeak but the tools will more likely be found unmolested and grease free in their proper places. The end of an era for me but the start of a more profitable one for the local garage.Cry


Edited by BobV7 - 03 Sep 2018 at 22:35
V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour
Back to Top
iansoady View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 23 Jul 2017
Location: Birmingham
Status: Offline
Points: 913
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 15:48
I'm still enjoying it (mostly) at the age of 69. True, I can't kneel down as I used to but can do most things sitting or lying down. And for the bigger jobs a bike lift is very handy. Frequent breaks also help.

I confess that often I prefer to spend an hour or so in the garage rather than going for a ride.....

I have however farmed out the heavy stuff on my Discovery as it's no longer fun humping those great big heavy wheels around. Still do servicing, electrics etc though.
Ian
1982 V50
1952 Norton ES2
Back to Top
iceni View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 16 Sep 2014
Location: Colchester
Status: Offline
Points: 1733
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iceni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 16:05
I dread the day I have to draw me horns in regarding fiddling with me bikes, but recently I’ve been more inclined to use the side stand on my heavier bikes, especially the R80RT, although I’ll NEVER use the one on the 750T until I get round to modifying it. A friend attended a local show recently, and a chap rode in on an outfit, flanked by a couple of solo riders.  When they’d parked their bikes, they walked over to the sidecar man and lifted him off.  Upon leaving, they placed him back on the machine and off he went.Thumbs Up








Back to Top
BobV7 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 20 Nov 2014
Location: W. Sussex
Status: Offline
Points: 2058
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 16:09
I wish I had a bike lift but there just isn't enough headroom in the garage. Funnily the last time I did this job it was out in an open forecourt and was a lot easier because I had more room to move around and didn't have to keep getting up and down. I've found having a garage mainly benefits the insurance companies.
V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour
Back to Top
jpc View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 06 Oct 2016
Location: Belgium
Status: Offline
Points: 442
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jpc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 16:11
Hydraulic lift bench, a fishing stool on each side, mechanic's head torch. 
Never give up.
If you can stand in your garage, then you can use a lift bench.


Edited by jpc - 03 Sep 2018 at 16:16
Back to Top
johnno View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 19 Jul 2014
Location: loughborough uk
Status: Offline
Points: 3511
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote johnno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 18:17
Originally posted by jpc jpc wrote:

Hydraulic lift bench, a fishing stool on each side, mechanic's head torch. 
Never give up.
If you can stand in your garage, then you can use a lift bench.
im inspired to keep 5 bikes running Thumbs Up
GSXR1100 L ,Moto Guzzi .750xpa,.1100 sport,1100 sport corsa rider
Back to Top
Brian UK View Drop Down
Moderator Group
Moderator Group
Avatar

Joined: 13 May 2014
Location: Surrey
Status: Offline
Points: 9608
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 18:46
Originally posted by iansoady iansoady wrote:

I'm still enjoying it (mostly) at the age of 69.
A mere youngster. Wink

And there was me lying under the wife's car replacing the back axle last week.

Mind you, my shoulder is telling me I shouldn't have done it. And I did stop when it rained. And for lots of tea breaks too. Funny how it took longer than the last time I attempted such a feat, can't think why. LOL

Brian.

Better 5 minutes late in this world than years early in the next.
Back to Top
Tarquin View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 30 May 2014
Location: Durham
Status: Offline
Points: 2698
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Tarquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 19:23
I still do all the spannering on our vehicles but find that most of my stoppages are to go for a now all too frequent wizzer.

Edited by Tarquin - 03 Sep 2018 at 19:51
California 111 70th Anniversary Model, California 1100i 75th Anniversary Model, Honda ST1300


“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
Back to Top
c13pep View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 31 Aug 2017
Location: Doncaster
Status: Offline
Points: 426
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote c13pep Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 20:12
[QUOTE=Tarquin] I still do all the spannering on our vehicles but find that most of my stoppages are to go for a now all too frequent wizzer.

In my case it`s a toss up between toilet or searching for tools that I can`t remember where I`ve put them down

CHRIS
you can`t have any fun in a straight line

Monza project
BMW R1150RT
Back to Top
Motty View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 03 Jun 2015
Location: South England
Status: Offline
Points: 167
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Motty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 20:29
Another 👍 for a bike lift, it makes a lot of jobs so much easier having the bike at a reasonable height. Floor to roof in my den is 7' how much lower is yours?
It’s more fun to try to ride a slow bike fast .....
Back to Top
Brian UK View Drop Down
Moderator Group
Moderator Group
Avatar

Joined: 13 May 2014
Location: Surrey
Status: Offline
Points: 9608
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 21:19
Originally posted by c13pep c13pep wrote:

In my case it`s a toss up between toilet or searching for tools that I can`t remember where I`ve put them down CHRIS

Those damned Borrowers. They always wait until you buy another before returning the original.

Brian.

Better 5 minutes late in this world than years early in the next.
Back to Top
BobV7 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 20 Nov 2014
Location: W. Sussex
Status: Offline
Points: 2058
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 22:21
Hi Motty

Think my garage is about the same but I assumed it would be a bit too low. The bike is about 4' 6" at the highest point so that would only leave a "safe" 2' of clearance before it hit the door closing mechanism. What make of lift have you got?
V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour
Back to Top
George S View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 31 Mar 2018
Location: Essex UK
Status: Offline
Points: 276
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote George S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 22:45
Hi BobV7
I have a home made platform 2ft high. Have to get help pushing big bikes up ramp, no problem with small bikes. I have 4 sons so help always available. As mentioned earlier a low stool helps to keep weight off joints (human not bike)
at age 75 I have no problem working on bikes, joy of being retired I can stop when I have had enough.
I think you will regret not doing own maintenance, why else would you own a MG.
No matter how good a professional garage is it is satisfying doing it yourself.
George
Back to Top
BobV7 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Avatar

Joined: 20 Nov 2014
Location: W. Sussex
Status: Offline
Points: 2058
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 23:10
Hi George

My problem has always been that I don't know when I've had enough or when to stop. That's usually dictated by the wife turning the lights off. I've always enjoyed working on all my bikes and cars, well maybe not the cars any more; no idea what's going on under those covers now. I'll have to look into the specs for lifts after what Motty wrote.
V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour
Back to Top
Dave P. View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 12 Jan 2015
Location: Northants
Status: Offline
Points: 2546
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dave P. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2018 at 23:52
I've got a hydraulic bike bench and it is very useful. Even though I'm just a youth of very nearly sixty five I find that kneeling on the floor is quite painful,and getting up again is a major operation.
The thing is though,when I need to work on the bike I'm using,there's always another bike on the bench that I've already started working on.
So what do I do? I kneel or lie on the floor.
TO LIVE OUTSIDE THE LAW YOU MUST BE HONEST.

1971 V7 Special. 1972 850GT.
1970 T120 Bonnie. 2009 500 Bullet.
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  123 8>
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 12.00
Copyright ©2001-2018 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.062 seconds.