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    well after trying to figure out why my charging system on my gl wouldnt work. i spent days checking everything and was about to pull the stater when by pure coincidence i noticed that the ground was a little loose. fixed it and charging fine. felt like a total idiot and its not the first time something like this has happened to me. so i was wondering what were some of yalls "feel like an idiot" moments?
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    My most common idiot moment is when my bike quits and it takes me 10 minutes to remember I need to put the petcock on "reserve." In my defense, my last motorcycle had a gas gauge and no reserve so I kind of got out of practice (and I am getting better.)
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    On my CB750 I stopped somewhere for a stretch and went to get back on the bike and it would not start. I was getting really ticked off and had to start using the kick start because the battery was getting week. After 5 minutes of kicking I got up and walked away. I came back to the bike and went to hit the starter again and noticed I had bumped the kill switch AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!



    One kick and it fired right up.



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    I got a used Honda S65 for my 13th birthday. Rode it like I stole it for 6 to 7 years. By the time I was 18, I had two other parts bikes and had split the engine to repair the transmission at least twice. The battery was dead or missing after the first year or so. When I was 18 or 19, I'm not sure what repair I had completed, but I could not get the bike to start. Did not think I was getting a spark. I would roll the bike down the hill and push it back up when it failed to start (again and again and again). Replaced numerous electrical components with spare parts laying around. Still no start. So for the first time in my life, I loaded up the bike and took it to a repair shop.



    While at work a few days later, I absentmindedly put my hand in my pocket and pulled out a key ring. I noticed my motorcycle key on the ring. For two weeks, I had been trying to start my bike with no key in the ignition (and throwing parts at the problem)!!! I stopped by the shop on the way home from work, put in the key, and the bike started on the first kick.



    Ironically it was the first and last time I ever took any motorcycle somewhere to have someone else work on it. And that shop never got the chance to try.



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    My wife.





    She was dribbling a little oil under the CX to keep me hunting for a non-existant leak.









    She thought it was hilarious. Me not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knute View Post
    My wife.





    She was dribbling a little oil under the CX to keep me hunting for a non-existant leak.









    She thought it was hilarious. Me not so much.
    AhHAHAHAHAHAHa!



    That is funny! What's that song by ELO - Evil Woman?
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    iv done this twice now.....more than dumb,bordering on stupidity.



    changed a fuse[or clean the terminals] on the bar fuse box.......then put the keys in to try and start it........with the cover off
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knute View Post
    My wife.





    She was dribbling a little oil under the CX to keep me hunting for a non-existant leak.









    She thought it was hilarious. Me not so much.






    I would be contemplating murder. Unlikely to ever follow up on it, but I would be thinking about it.
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    Born much to late to ride with Billy the Kid, born much to early to ride to Mars, so I ride a Honda.





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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNK_MONKEY View Post
    well after trying to figure out why my charging system on my gl wouldnt work. i spent days checking everything and was about to pull the stater when by pure coincidence i noticed that the ground was a little loose. fixed it and charging fine. felt like a total idiot and its not the first time something like this has happened to me. so i was wondering what were some of yalls "feel like an idiot" moments?
    I would bet the 'forgotten kill switch' is #1

    forgetting to engage clutch is #2 for me.

    forgetting side stand lock out is #3.

    forgetting to put my foot down when stopping and falling over is right up there too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knute View Post
    My wife.





    She was dribbling a little oil under the CX to keep me hunting for a non-existant leak.









    She thought it was hilarious. Me not so much.


    Aw c'mon Knute,most of us think that was hilarious,very clever.
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