There are not many times in my life that I can say that I was disappointed in my motorcycle. I can usually find a positive spin on any bad situation especially when a motorcycle is involved in the equation. Today was more about dissatisfaction in myself rather than anything else. I felt frustration at the fact that I was not able to complete a project on my bike by a preset deadline. My optimism proved to be my down fall. So the frustration should really not be projected towards my bike because the Harley was kind of an innocent by standard in my sad story. The goal was to relocate the rear turn signals on my Dyna FXD and then install some Lockable Hard Bags on the bike. Well to make a long story short what could go wrong went wrong and what should have gone right did not. The mission was a failure and I am still unsure what I did wrong. The bike sits in my garage half finished. The turn signals will not work and the hard bags will not fit appropriately on the bike. I even swallowed my pride and asked someone much more mechanically proficient then myself to assist. We spent two additional hours trying to solve the issues without any solutions found. Luckily it’s still February and old man winter will be around for another month so I have some time to remedy the mistakes (there is that positive spin).
I have reflected on the project and am happy that I attempted to do the work myself. Please understand that I have absolutely no mechanical ability. My wife cries when I begin to fix something myself because she knows the chaos which will ensue from the endeavor. My intentions are good but my abilities are poor. If I could do it over again, I would have gone to a Trade School such as Motorcycle Mechanics Institute rather than college. I could have learned on my own what I learned in college but as much as I try cannot self-teach the ability to Wrench. Back in the day we would complete an After Action Report on any mission, in hopes of squashing any bad habits and to build upon what we did right. Below is a list of items I could have done better to improve my chances of completing the project:
Make sure I have the proper tools and equipment to do the job. This was a big problem.
Set a more realistic time frame to complete the job.
Read the directions prior to completing a task. The lack of reading the directions would have prevented wires being cut that should not have been. I also would not have had to repeat so many steps because I failed to do it properly in the first place. My dad used to say, “If all else fails read the directions”. I was born with the inability and or yearning not to read directions. It’s kind of a family motto.
Get a heater when working in subzero degree weather in an unheated garage. It was so cold out there that it was hard to manipulate the tools. My ears were so cold that one of them fell off and I had to super glue it back onto my head.
Well now I am off to fix the problem on my bike which I unfortunately caused. It’s tough cleaning up my own mess.