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#31 ol' stonebreaker OFFLINE  

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Posted July 13, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Here in Michigan you need to be certified by the state to work on a street motorcycle for money.  Most of the test was ridiculously simple and there was absolutely nothing about tires, brakes, lights or anything remotely related to the safety of a motorcycle.  The only slightly challenging part of the test was things a machinist needs to know, like how to read a micrometer.

I outsource all my machine shop work so I don't ever read a mic.  Interestingly, the machine shop guy that does read it doesn't need to be certified by the state. :wallbanging:.


   Easy enough to tell the test/certification is all about the money.


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Posted July 14, 2017 - 01:13 PM

Some are taking this a little to personal

that wasn't my intention

I myself am a self taught mechanic


sorry for offending some of you

I understood where you were when I read the post. Some apparently didn't! :D

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#33 tater195 OFFLINE  


    I dont deny your history..... dont deny mine

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Posted July 14, 2017 - 02:39 PM

I agree that some people shouldn't use tools. Some shouldn't own power equipment, drive, vote or reproduce either. I don't have an issue with the body of your post, but you could have worded the title a little different.


I really don't care how others fix stuff as long as I am not the one paying them to do it.

Edited by tater195, July 14, 2017 - 02:41 PM.

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#34 ericjr16 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 15, 2017 - 07:29 PM

We have seen some horrible repairs in our flip hobby. Valve cover on a Kawasaki three out of four screws stripped causing oil leak Galore ! Hope no one thinks a ex auto mechanic and retired machinist are hack as we both are self taught mechanics. Dealer barely trained me and threw me into flat rate feeding frenzy. Dad had to learn machinist while designing dies and running presses.

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Posted July 15, 2017 - 11:22 PM

Some are taking this a little to personal
that wasn't my intention
I myself am a self taught mechanic
sorry for offending some of you

No apology needed here
Most understood you were venting a frustration

If we were all the same person, it would be a boring world and on a forum with only text, the nuances of communication can get lost easily. I've offended a couple people that way too. Hard to convey a devilish eye twinkle with letters.
Didn't mean to peeve anyone and never did figure out what I did one time...
The term 'Rock Hard, Blue Veined Throbber' came to mind regarding their response to the situation.
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