A “proper” repair…

Ya’ll might recall that a few weeks ago I had duct-tape on my motorcycle. Normally I am somewhat non-plussed about these things…I mean, heck, I once lost an entire motorcycle in a mud puddle! (to be fair, it was a large mud-puddle and a very small motorcycle).

This time though, the situation was apparently quite disturbing to my delicate male ego as is evidenced by my shouting in a bad-fake Scottish accent at the voice-mail of a very nice lady that was just trying to give me some money…yeah…well…not my finest hour, and another story, that. (at this link)

Here is the offending repair…duct-tape holding the blinker together while parts are ordered, forms are filled out, pictures are taken, and other “not-riding” stuff has to occur:

The emercency repair...duct tape holding the blinker together,

The emercency repair...duct tape holding the blinker together,

Now, apparently the reason this was such an issue is that it was a “bad” repair…as was pointed out by a good friend (Hi Wizard!).

He indicated that had I made a “proper repair” that I would not have experienced the cold-sweats, shakes, assorted hauntings, and other things commonly experienced while riding about with duct-tape on one’s faithful Dragon.

He pointed out that a repair of this nature was all about proper selection of materials. See, I simply had the wrong duct-tape.

He went to the trouble to procure me some (Thanks Wizard!) and had it delivered (Thanks Phyllis!).

The proper material:

The proper material. Real man's duct-tape!

The proper material. Real man's duct-tape!

A closer look at the proper repair material..

A closer look at the proper repair material..

The repair, completed properly.

The repair, completed properly.

I must say, even picking up the fender with the offending “improper” repair on it caused some emotional distress…and it was immediately soothed by the application of the supplied material. Truly, the right material makes the right repair.

Fortunately, the machine has been further repaired with undamaged parts, but I am confident that had I repaired it with this material, and maybe slapped a couple strips over the crunched spots in the fender, that I would have been good to go for a long time.

CUAgain,
Daniel Meyer (now nigh unstoppable because I have the “proper” duct-tape!)

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