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I made a quick run up to the hardware store a bit ago. On the way I glanced over at the empty school parking lot and there was a guy unloading a motorcycle off a trailer, and he dropped it! I pulled in and asked if he needed some help. He had this disgusted and embarrassed looked and said yes. We carefully picked it up and then started talking. He bought the bike a few months ago and had been coming here to practice. It's a 2005 Vstar 1100. It was a little rough looking, almost everything was dented. He had dropped the bike several times everytime he practiced. Got to give it to him, he had helmet, gloves, boots and jacket. He was in his late 50s maybe 60 and always wanted to ride. I strongly suggested to take a rider course and he agreed it might be good. He said his clutch seemed sticky and asked me if I would mind checking it out. I get on the bike, hit the starter switch, nothing happened. Well about 10 minutes later I noticed the clutch switch was unplugged, possibly happened when bike fell or we were picking it up. Plugged back together and it started right up. It sounded nice and quiet. Pulled clutch in, put in gear, let clutch out a little, then a little more, then more, almost all the way released clutch started to grab. Turned bike off and told him it was way out of adjustment. Tried to adjust at lever but was not enough adjustment there. Asked if tool kit was on bike, he didn't know there was a tool kit. Well about 15 minutes later I have the lower adjustment done. He was amazed on how a stranger would do this for him. I told him that bikers help bikers, it's what we do. He said the other Harley guys he had meet aren't like that. I told him about my 1100 and had just got the Harley a short time ago. I then adjusted clutch at lever and tried to ride again. Actually a real nice bike, ran smooth, good clutch and shifted good. Went around lot a few times and took it back to him. He gets on and takes right off. He did really good. He came back and said it's a different bike, it works. With the clutch set the way it was it would either stall or take off too quickly and that's why he was dropping it. I told him about our forum and he said he doesn't do anything on the internet. So we exchanged numbers and told him to say in touch. It's always a good feeling to help someone when they appreciate it.
 

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I really want to dislike you , Les. But then you go do sh1t like this. You make it hard. Keep it up. And maybe one day you'll let me win.

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I'll take that as a compliment, thanks. And don't worry about not liking me, I've got pretty thick skin. 😀
 

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Awesome Les! Thanks for sharing this with us. Like you I try to help where and when the opportunity presents itself. Mostly I get questions about how I keep my bike so clean and what year it is. Maybe you guys can hook up and you’ll be able to help him even more.


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