My first bit of m/cing was a '34 Harley-Davidson, right after WWII, & just so much more only to say it was destined to the junk disposal.
I spent hrs figuring out how the carb workd, the hand gear change lever, baffled on the spark adjustment, old fuel stunk in it, battery was shot, but with normal drinking water & a home made recharger of my Dad I got it up to something.
No 'net, no books on m/cing during the war, no parents or relatives or friends that knew a darn think about m/cs.
Must have kick it 40 or 60 timesor more, pulled out the two sparkplugs to dry them & finally it came into life to fail time & time again, let alone the number of times I put it in gear & pressed down on the clutch lever, very opposit to a cage, to engage it & down I would go again.
Just 1/2 block from my home to try & ride in the bush & around the 2nd day I realized I had a shot rear piston & more torque once I removed the rear piston.
All the m/c mags, the books & thankfullly the 'net NOW only by the time the 'net became easy to handle I was into my 50th or more year of riding, part ownership of two m/c shops, mechanic at both & manager or another.
Last edited by Smitty; 12-25-2005 at 09:52 PM.