Help Me, I'm An Idiot!

Discussion in 'Triumph General Discussion' started by learningtofly, Dec 3, 2023.

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  1. TRIPLE X

    TRIPLE X Well-Known Member

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    Everyday's a school day ;)
     
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  2. sprintdave

    sprintdave Nurse,he's out of bed again

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    Lol. Doh. We've all been there mate.
     
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  3. littleade

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    And the winner of numpty of the day is......... :joy: well that's a result isn't it. Don't worry we've all done daft stuff in the past and will probably do some more in the future and we won't tell anyone. It was a cheap fix too
     
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  4. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    Actually, I don’t think my mates at Lind would have charged me. Oh, the embarrassment, though…
     
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  5. Boothman

    Boothman Senior Member

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    I admire your faith in the dealer, but at the least I suspect they’d have charged for picking up the bike. Much cheaper and altogether less embarrassing to resolve on the forum - we’ve all been in situations where you can’t see the wood for the trees :cool:
     
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  6. John Clifton

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    There but for the Grace of God...! Good perseverance and honesty!
     
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  7. andypandy

    andypandy Crème de la Crème

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    We've all made silly mistakes just like this. Thanks for making yours public. I could probably write a book about the stupid mistakes i've made in my life. :)
     
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  8. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    It was actually quite cathartic :)
     
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  9. littleade

    littleade The only sane one here
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    So you're having problems with your cathartic converter too then?

    I'll get my coat.........
     
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  10. Rob the Scott

    Rob the Scott Active Member

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    This exchange made me laugh, although mostly at myself for all of the times I've done the simple things incorrectly around the bike and the house! So glad that you sorted it easily. Still good weather to ride? PS. I just invested in a lithium ion battery for both the Sprint GT and the Trophy SE. They feel like an empty plastic box compared to the lead-acid batteries. They are a bit precious (about $200 US each), and require a special maintenance charger ($70). The one in the Sprint is a "ReStart" battery; if the battery dies, it has a button to activate the "reserve" energy allowing one or two more starts! That will keep me from repeating the fiasco when I asked my wife to push the bike fast enough to jump-start it! :) Thankfully, it was down a gentle hill.
     
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  11. RickM46

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    Been in the same boat when re-installing my wave runner battery in the spring into its compartment in the upper hull. The battery leads are springy and will hurl the loose battery bolt into the air before your very eyes and they will drop into the bowels of the hull; one of mine is still resident there; found it with an endoscope but no way to get at it.

    Anyway, went to the local auto parts store and got a few more replacements.

    Yet, in another instance, when adjusting the rear brake lever on my T120, I dropped the linkage connecting pin into the lower frame work; only thing that enabled me to get at it was a pencil magnet I bought years ago for no good reason; I was able to push the pencil from the bottom upward and force the pin upward so I could snatch it with a tweezer. 5 minute job turned into 30 minute job only after I located the pin with a powerful mini flashlight.
     
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  12. joe mc donald

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    Glad you are sorted. And as the peeps have said i aswell as many others have been in that boat it being human.
    Joe.
     
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  13. Royston Jones

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    #33 Royston Jones, Dec 4, 2023
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    Wouldn't say its the end of the world. A mere glitch. I have spare bolts and connectors if you want them. Process of elimination with the fuses. All good fun.
     
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  14. Marco Wikstrom

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    We've all done embarassing things.

    Now go find the bolt that was dropped - it could simply drop out onto the road, or it could cause a real problem. As a former aircraft mechanic I could never ignore lost hardware in an airplane. I treat motorcycles the same way.
     
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  15. RickM46

    RickM46 Active Member

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    Should locate the bolt.
     
  16. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    To be honest I’m not overly concerned about the bolt. It’s pretty small, and the only thing that’s likely to happen is that’ll it’ll find its way to the ground whilst riding. I really can’t see what damage it could do, if I’m honest.

    I will have a look for it, though.
     
  17. andypandy

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    You never can tell, a bolt in the workings of the chain wouldn't be good.
     
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  18. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    Good point!
     
  19. Chopper1%

    Chopper1% New Member

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    Hey guys, just a little tip for you. My hands tremor a lot due to medical issues and it does make things like handling small screws very awkward at times.

    So what I do is put a dollop of grease on the tip of my figure and bury the head of the screw/bolt in the grease. You then just point the tip of your finger at the hole you want it go in. That way, you have much better chance of getting the screw in the right place. Wipe off any excess grease after the screw is done up.

    Works for me all the time. Give it a try.

    Chopper
     
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  20. RickM46

    RickM46 Active Member

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    Excellent excellent suggestion!!
    Wound up in an impossible situation on an outboard engine when I inadvertently removed the float bowl on the lower carb for winterization; a baffle plate and bowl gasket dropped out with the bowl; small and tight area; struggled to insert the baffle and gasket in place while seating the bowl; DOH; took 2 hours of juggling to get them in place.

    A little bit of grease would have held the baffle and gasket in place.:p
     
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