So, I spent about an hour going over every bolt, nut, fastener, or possibly moving bit I could and tightening things up. All done, I fired it up and revved. Still freakin' noisy as all hell.
To the kitchen and the hotpads. I held them on various points in the engine as I revved it up. No go. I sat on it to see if I could pinpoint the noise while revving. Sounded like right under the fake tank area up front. I moved things around, no dice. Finally, I put my hand down on the console right in front of the seat and golden silence descended.
There's a little door with a keylatch on it that covers up the gas cap. I opened it up and took a look. The latch, a fairly thick slab of metal, was wore down with a grove where the catch holds it in place. A couple minutes with a needlenose and a little patience and it was catching solid again. Fired it back up, revved it to beat hell, and all I heard was sweet engine sounds.
I took it out for a test ride and realized, it's been making that noise for a long, long time. It was like riding a completely different bike. No noise, just big throaty growl. Honestly, I think that may have been a little bit loose even when it was new. I never remember it being this quiet before. I may have to get that part replaced and/or built up with something solid on top of it to hold the catch properly more long term, but bending it works for now.
And riding is relaxing again.
So, talked with uncle about his weekend experience with mom and mr. mom. Apparently mr. mom pouted so hard that he only got three shots off all three days they were there, then spent the rest of the time sitting in his SUV pouting like a little bitch because uncle got there first and took the room he wanted. Meh.
Mom tried to whip up the crazy for aunt, who pretty much said, "yeah, you can knock that shit off right now 'cause I know from crazy and you ain't half as crazy as you want everybody to think." Being a full-time nurse these days, and spending a lot of time around patients with dementia and other off the hook brain problems, she had no patience for mom's act. Funny thing, all the crazy pretty much stopped after that.
Guess I'll have to remember that trick.
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