It’s very easy to lament about the ineptitude of others or the diminishing standards of anyone we would employ to service our needs…or indeed bikes…but how many of us really take the plunge and try to fix something ourselves.
I’m not talking about simple accessory additions or general maintenance, but rather something we decided to break, whether willingly or not, and now have a need to get it fixed.
A couple of days ago I dropped my phone for about the 100th time, and would you believe it the poor workmanship shone through and the screen smashed into a thousand pieces.
I was able to use an old spare phone that was lying at the bottom of a forgotten draw but it really wasn’t to my liking. So a couple of days later I searched online an found a replacement screen for a reasonable price…so I took the plunge and bought it. Now all I have to do was figure out how to fix my phone.
It’s when we get out of our comfort zone that we may appreciate another person’s skills or experience…and what would take a phone technician an hour, took me the best part of six. But at least I was able softly punch myself in the shoulder for a job well done.
It the same with bikes and cars. The chances are that whatever issue you are having with your machine, there is likely to be a remedy that has been documented for you to follow but it will require some bravery and patience too.
Now of course it really depends if you require special tools or indeed whether you have the time to perform the fix yourself. Sometimes it’s just more efficient to get it fixed elsewhere or even buy new.
Those are the easy routes…and perhaps the more sensible ones too. But if you had the time and the tools, would you take on a job you’ve never done before and try to fix something that you’ve broken?
I’m sure there are many that would and would scoff at the notion of letting some upstart get their grubby hands on your pride and joy, but there are equally many that would not and would likely break out in a cold sweat at the mere thought too.
Wanting to be this brave should be weighed up against how much further damage you could do and can you afford to live with the consequences. My phone was smashed, so it had no value. The spare parts were less than a family outing to McDonalds…so it was worth the punt.
But working on a prize asset that is a motorcycle and especially one that has lots of monetary value to you, is another proposition entirely. You may still choose to go ahead regardless or may shy aware in terror but at some point a rough calculation must take place.
Will my idling hands make this situation worse, can I save some money and can I get it fixed as quick or quicker than somebody else doing it.
It’s a decision we are all likely to have to make soon, but let it not be too soon…as that would be bad.
Enjoy your winter projects everyone!