and the cat that thought he looked like a dog. I guess this cat has never knew how a cat looks like.
Bats and bats.
Hope Too in sick bay.
He is now camera shy.
Dave also brought us to Billy and Anna's house for BBQ where they showed us their rifle and pistol. It seems that anyone could buy guns for self protection. If everyone was not allowed to buy guns, then there isn't a need to do a self protection because nobody has gun. Else, those that needed self protection should buy a bullet proof vest and wear it like they carried guns. I just don't understand.
Houston Motorcycle Exchange was a crap. For those living in Houston, please go to Houston Motorcycle Exchange and tell Tommy that he is the best salesman ever lived. He is suffering from the economy crisis. He is desprate to get money. He does not get into the point. He is a shit. He is just a businessman, not a motorcycle person that will help anyone with motorcycle mechnical problems. His latino mechnic is also not very honest. When the bill came, i was curious why did they charged me for some work that the mechnic did not do. If i wasn't sitting in his workshop watching what he does...... the bill will be on and on. usually these guys won't allow customer to be in the workshop because the shop does not insure customer when there is any accident in the workshop.
people around would say, 'this is america, we trust them. just leave the bike there and you can come back in X hours, ready to collect.'
THIS DOES NOT APPLIES TO HOUSTON MOTORCYCLE EXCHANGE.
So Dave recommanded us to go to Austin, for Gary and Heather for mechnical help.
Goh and Indy (Dave's dog)
we were certainly impress with the roads in Texas.
we had 4th of July, USA independence day, playing fireworks. Gary and Heather brought us to downtown to watch movie 'Hangover'. the cinema was very different from singapore.
Hope Too is naked, not Goh. This is Gary's workshop.
What happened to Hope Too?
1) the engine was burning too much engine oil. I have to topped up about 2-3 liters of engine oil every 5000km where Hope Too is only crusing at 80km/hr, maximum.
what we did: took out tank and carbs. Gary taught me how to do valve clearance adjustment. I learned a new skill!
2) Handlebar was shakey.
3) The gears were very hard to engage.
4) Bike will creep when stationary on 1st gear.
What we did: Gary change fork oil for me. drained coolent a few times with distilled water and refilled with proper coolent. drained all brake fluid and topped up. grease and clean steering wheel bearing. adjusted my clutch.
What i did: i took out both wheels, clean every parts, change the bearings for front tires, grease and put back. took out swingarm and had a good cleaning for it. I cleaned it like my own rifle. grease pivots and put back. clean brake pistons.
so after 3 days staying in the workshop, We finally got the bike back in a piece and went for test ride. i was so happy.
but the results was not good. The clutch was not doing any better. we did a compression ratio check and the valve clearance didn't seems to help. we had Hope Too admited again, into Ward A, Bed 1.
this time Gary took out the clutch suspecting that the clutch disc/plates were worn out. Nah, it was perfect. what could be the problem? when we were about to put the clutch plates/disc back, we saw a missing washer. i had a complete workshop manual for my bike and in that manual there is a washer. i check with Chan from M-technik in singapore and he has investigated into this many times before me and he is sure that there isnt any washer in that place. it is a printing error. so what could be the problem of the clutch? we still don't know!
Next, we decided to drop the engine. today while Gary went to work, i removed every parts that was needed to drop the engine. when Gary came back, we took the 65kg engine out of the frame, took out the valves and piston to check. well, the Piston rings were worn out. the valve is not doing good. cylinder sized needs to be 'widen' or re-bore. there were also some seals that we need to replace. Piston seems ok.
so, now we have to wait for parts to arrive and do the big overhale to Hope Too.
BTW, we didnt have the chance to visit the NASA musuem in Houston.
Update on previous personal problems back in singapore:
1)problem with mobile.
2) Automobile association of singapore confiscated my S$10000.00 of bankers garentee without contacting me. i hope i trust them. thro the phone conversation with AAS, they say they will take the $10k from my bank until i have sent the carnet de passage back in their hands, then they have to make sure that i did not make any traffic offences in the countries i visited with the carnet, THEN, they will return the money to me. they also mention that i have to get my bike back in singapore now. i told them the bike is in malaysia and i am in usa. they also ask me how i get thro all these countries without a carnet de passage. hahahaha, i dont want to tell them how! they also warn me that when i return to singapore, the custom of singapore may not let me come back with the bike.
'er...how could that be? i paid my roadtax.the bike is a singapore bike.' i told myself.
i called HSBC also, direct to the person in charge of this case:
Me: 'hi, is this edmond?'
edmond:' missster goh izzit? oh..'
Me: 'i want to check with you regarding the banker's garentee because i heard from my sister that AAS wants to claim that amount from us.'
edmond: ' ah? you better check with AAS first ah? bye.' (spoke with a warning tone)
HSBC got to upgrade their service standard. i put S$10000 with them for a garentee, paid S$214 for a lawyer (their lawyer) fee for this garentee. paid 1% charges per month to HSBC to let me keep the money with them and now i kind of getting a warning from them. bad bad service. to add this on, i applied for internet banking on december 2006 and until now there is no news about it. i sent in the application form up straight to the counter girl in HSBC. bad bad.
now i am in big shit. what shall i do? the bike mechnical problems and the $10k (if AAS are honest enough).