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..... anymore.

But (and thats a big but) i did have them and i didn't even know until last week.


I had an issue with my 1989 1500 not starting very well and the battery would empty itself in a weeks time, so i thought i'd take a look at the wiring coz there was a lot of extra wires going all over the place.

Anyway, i finally got round to starting on the bike last week (just to cold in the shed for my joints before that).

I'd thought that maybe i was having a current leak and the alarm was gonna come off anyway coz i didn't trust the guy who installed it (the same guy who fitted the rear brake pads at an angle !!!).

So... seat off, unhooked the battery and took het out and then i saw what was wrong....... some f$#knut had tightened the caps with a spanner and broken one off..... and just put it back on top to cover the hole :wtf:, and yes, it was the same guy as before.

Then i noticed that the positive battery cable was hanging a bit funny, and then i saw the main fuse at a 90 degree angle.

Yup, you guessed it, the main fuse block was broken in two, just being held together by the main fuse.

Well, i finally got the alarm off (had to trace twelve wires all over the place, had to remove loads of plastic). It was just to much of a hassle and i was scared sh**less that the engine-immobiliser would play up.

So, the moral of the story ? NEVER, NEVER, NEVER trust anyone who tells you the bike was looked after by a Honda mechanic. I'd prefer they said they'd done the work themselves:lash:.

Just coz it starts doesn't mean the electrics are good. This is costing me $100 to sort out due to someones idiocy and the telling of untruths.

And then i haven't even started ranting about the screws that where tightened with air-tools..........

Dave.
 

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bad thing about paying someone else to perform mc work for you is that you are paying him to perform work to which he may have even less ability then you do
 

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They way I see it, the ole saying, if you want it done right do it yourself. I'm glad you found the problems, now they won't be problems anymore, they will be opportunities.
 

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They way I see it, the ole saying, if you want it done right do it yourself. I'm glad you found the problems, now they won't be problems anymore, they will be opportunities.
Oh yeah, ain't that the truth :ROFL:

.... and i found the next "opportunity".... the windscreen is loose and the front cover screws have been overtightened !!!

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Hey Dave, for what it's worth I get really down now about so called "experts" ("down under" in NZ) who really haven't a clue how to fix something and yet want to charge the earth for it. The quality of "service" has diminished rapidly here, (for most things) and with no correctly trained tradesmen (mechanics included) coming on, you really need to understand ( as neoracer says) you are paying handsomely for someone to do the job who "probably has even less ability than you", but, probably another topic of conversation here.
My comments are a result of being in the service industry way too many years..!!!
(PS: But still luvvin' it !)

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Hey Dave, for what it's worth I get really down now about so called "experts" ("down under" in NZ) who really haven't a clue how to fix something and yet want to charge the earth for it. The quality of "service" has diminished rapidly here, (for most things) and with no correctly trained tradesmen (mechanics included) coming on, you really need to understand ( as neoracer says) you are paying handsomely for someone to do the job who "probably has even less ability than you", but, probably another topic of conversation here.
My comments are a result of being in the service industry way too many years..!!!
(PS: But still luvvin' it !)

Cheers,
Peter.
Hey Peter,

Yeah, got that.... I've always done my own maintenance (started on push bikes, scooters then on to motorbikes), so that's more than 40 years getting down and dirty.

I've only taken my car to a dealer (ever since the became computerized) and i always get it back with some extra issue, but that might be because i bought a Dodge Caliber :sadguy:

I've realised over the years that real mechanics are on the verge of extinction and the "replacements" can only tackle symptoms and not causes of a problem.

So, yes, i realise i've got my work cut out discovering the PO's ****-up's but it does have it's charms (as long as the bike doesn't lock up at 80 mph) and fixing the problems is very theraputic. It's just the extra cost and hassle that get me peeved.

Dave.
 

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I have NEVER used a mechanic in my life. I am a decent engine builder, and also do well with electrics. Electronics are another matter. Always hated digital electronics. I also don't do manual transmissions, differentials, or transfer cases. These require special skills, talent, and tools, and it is not something I had any desire to get into. So I have had things like that built/rebuilt for me. I had my last race car transmission built to my specs and shipped to me by a reputable place. It worked fine. It was not cheap, but it was a lot cheaper than if it had failed and took my engine and possibly the whole car with it.

I am a firm believer in doing it yourself if you can. But I also realize that not everybody can. I know people who should not be trusted with a pair of scissors. If you are one of those, you have little choice but to have it done. And that is not meant as an insult. Nobody knows how to do everything. Some are mechanically inclined, some are not.
 
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