Just popping in before my AM meetings start. Yay for decent wifi! (***knocks on wood***).
, I think @Rebel13
just wanted to raise my flagging spirits with his post. Inspire me to think outside the box, keep trying to find a solution, and to give me hope that it will all work out.
I in no way am weak or helpless. I don't do mechanics. I have neither the time nor the patience, and I get easily frustrated with it. Then there is that more than full time job on salary thing. And the rest of life. It makes me MUCH HAPPIER to spend some of my more-than-adequate salary to have other people, who have spent YEARS wrenching, do the work.
Give me a pile of computer gobbledeygook and I can, through my old programming background, make sense of it. Give me a dizzyingly bad bunch of data scattered over multiple Excel sheets and I'll rationalize it, pop out beautiful charts and graphs, and make it work FOR a company and save them tens of thousands of dollars, if not much more. Hand me a half-million dollar project with hundreds of tasks and deadlines, and I'll execute it ON TIME and UNDER BUDGET. It is what I do. That's my sweet spot. That, and rock climbing and lifting weights like a boss (leg press personal record is 538 pounds on my fifth set for four reps - which is spectacular for a 100 lb skinny female).
is a very experienced wrencher and he has a passion for it. I admire him for it and I love seeing his mods and imagining what I could do with my own motorcycle. Or more accurately, what I can pay someone else to do for me :-) Support local!
I am grateful for all the mechanical advice I have received, especially with this crazy situation. As @TIP
noted, he decided to check his radiator and the clamps were loose - one so loose it easily SPUN.
And I am grateful for the kind words from @TLeventry
, @Vulcan Mediator
, and @Texas Roadrunner
. On day 3 of this major mechanical malfunction, my spirits were taking a nosedive. There wasn't even a BAR open to get a beer! I appreciate @Rebel13
's attempt to lift my spirits by encouraging me not to give up.
Thank you all, my CTX family. If for some reason the death knell tolls for Scarlett in the near future, I'd rather just buy another CTX. Maybe I can find a barely used 2014. At least I'll have another whole bike (Scarlett) for spare parts!
Good news - there is a train from Chatham to Guelph. The main purpose of this visit is to see my FAMILY. My beloved, distant Canadian family. And meet my 35-year-old 2nd cousin for the first time. So if need be, I take the train to see family, and worst-case scenario, Scarlett gets stored in Canada for a while awaiting parts and repair, and I fly home. And buy another motorcycle at home. I can afford a second pony in my stable.
So a heartfelt thanks to all of you! I will keep you posted! And feel free to follow along on the RedBaronRider facebook page
Can we all kiss and make up now :-)