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Yesterday I changed the oil in my K75.   (Hey, I've done it twice before and thought I had it down.)  I had a large shallow pan lined with newspapers - Good move though more newspaper on the right side would have been smart to avoid that rather large spatter on the sidewalk. Also had, on top of the pan, a genuine approved oil drain container with a sloped side to direct the oil into a one-inch hole.  Rode the bike for 20 minutes to heat up the oil then assembled the above.  Loosened the drain bolt and spun it out with my bare hand (wouldn't a household rubber glove be smart!) and yanked the bolt out of the hot oil.  Oil was splashing a bit but got the hole in the pan directly under the drain.  That accomplished, I examined the bolt.  No washer.  I'd no sooner thought it than I heard something drop with a decidedly non-oily sound.  Right, the washer had fallen into the drain pan. I knew I had purchased some extra washers and checked on them in the designated basement drawer.  All new washers had been used and I had discarded the really bad washer I'd taken from the drain bolt last fall. But I'm glad that I had emptied all the used oil out of the container before this project and only had about 3 quarts do deal with.  With a filter funnel I can pour the oil into a milk jug and catch the washer, except none of my funnels have filters.  My wife suggests I cut a circle out of a plastic gizmo that holds bedding plants.  Brilliant.  Holes are big enough to let the oil pass freely but small enough to catch the damn washer.  After cutting out the circle I put it in the filter, shake up the oil container and pour.  I know what you are thinking, but you are wrong. The milk jug did not tip over.  But the washer also did not come out.  With brilliant sunshine behind me, I peered into the used oil container.  Yes, there it was, mired in some sludge.  Poured in a little gas, shook the whole thing up some more, then poured again through the improvised filter funnel - this time into the burn pile area.  Success!  And the washer was reusable.  The whole operation only took about 1 1/2 hours, called for much creative thought, and saved me 50 cents.  (That seems to be the exorbitant price of washers these days.)  Think I'll order a few years supply of all drain washers.  One can only take so much of this kind of fun before it becomes work and I believe once was my limit.

 
Doug

Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


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