Mexico: Cancun motorcycle repairs
Tamara and I went to a motorcycle shop in Cancun owned by a fellow named Joaquin. The tasks on hand were to replace both tires, replace both sprockets, and replace the chain.
Joaquin, the owner of the shop, doesn't speak English, so it took quite a bit of pidgin Spanish and miming to say "I'm going to leave the bike here, go get the tires, chain, and sprocket, then come back here in an hour". He said he'd call his friend who speaks English when we came back.
Ted, taking off the tire. Note the tool tube cap is missing AGAIN.
Ted, taking off the tire. Note the tool tube cap is missing AGAIN.
New sprocket. 45 teeth, not 47.
New sprocket. 45 teeth, not 47.
Old countershaft sprocket in front of the new one. Note the lack of teeth, and the elongated valley. The chain would skip with any amount of torque.
Old countershaft sprocket in front of the new one. Note the lack of teeth, and the elongated valley. The chain would skip with any amount of torque.
When we came back, his friend showed up on a nice sportbike.Later we learned there was a road race scheduled in Cancun in a week. It's the first ever, and they will shut down the streets to make a circuit. It made me think about changing our plans to stay around and race in it.
The first task was changing the (stripped) countershaft sprocket. Joaquin was sure the sprockets were different because the teeth were sheared off. The damaged sprocket looked to be a smaller diameter. In reality they were the same, but it was amazing to see the difference.
Linda (mom!), the tire mule.
Linda (mom!), the tire mule.
Seating the new tire.
Seating the new tire.
Fitting the new chain.
Fitting the new chain.
Next up was changing the tires. It is all done by hand, using the sidestand of another bike for a bead breaker. That cracked me up! The guys were quite talented at changing the tires- I was impressed. Obviously, they aren't balanced, but I don't have much choice in the matter.
Finally Joaquin and I changed the rear sprocket and chain. The rear sprocket has two fewer teeth than stock- 45 instead of 47. I'm not sure where the mixup happened, if I specified the wrong number of teeth, if AFAM did, or what, but I'll live with it. I would have preferred to go the other way- more RPMs at a given speed, not less- but it is certainly okay.
The tire bead breaker, also known as a GSX-R 600.
The tire bead breaker, also known as a GSX-R 600.
Joaquin, the owner of the motorcycle shop.
Joaquin, the owner of the motorcycle shop.
Joaquin and his team, quite happy to have a chain tool. They couldn't even buy those in Mexico, so they were happy to have mine.
Joaquin and his team, quite happy to have a chain tool. They couldn't even buy those in Mexico, so they were happy to have mine.
I managed to get my Motion Pro chain tool set down with the parts. I pulled that out to rivet the chain and Joaquin was quite excited. They can't buy a chain tool in Mexico, no matter the cost. He asked how much to buy it from me- I told him he could have it in exchange for the work on the bike. He was very pleased with that, even gathering the other workers to show it off. I know I got the bad end of the deal (the chain tool was worth more than he would have charged), but that is okay.
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