You're not the only one, science noticed it too. It is called Dunning–Kruger effect Dunning–Kruger effect - WikipediaI like working on motorcycles almost as much as riding them. Always have going back to when I was 12 years old. I hate putting my bikes in the shop and don't have a lot of trust of the people working on them. I do everything on my bikes. As you might guess, I love reading about problems and solutions on bike forums. I've learned a shitload of stuff and gotten great advice and solutions. I've also have been able to help answer a few. After spending time on a forum you start to know who knows their shit based on their hands on experience and you can rely on their experience. I've also noticed that there are more than a few people that comment on almost every technical / mechanical issue that have very little idea what they are talking about and probably think a set of screwdrivers and a adjustable wrench is a set of tools. They never talk about any work they've actually done and they never have an actual solution unless they've seen it in another thread and they mostly just type stuff. It's pretty annoying. Am I the only one that's noticed this?
My grandfather got his engineering degree from a pretty prestigious school back in the 40's, he actually left school to join the coast guard during WW2 and went back to finish. That knowledge made it all the way down through my father and into me. I've never called a contractor or a handyman, and the only time I've ever been to a mechanic was when I didn't want to buy a specialized tool for GM brake pads, and even then the guy asked if I wanted to do it.
If you understand the concept and how to troubleshoot problems the rest falls into places usually. A little bit of common sense and some brains goes a long way.
Yes, but sadly a lot of people have neither.A little bit of common sense and some brains goes a long way.
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You're probably right. I installed aftermarket clutch lever last month and then parked the bike for a month because of my knee replacement surgery. Didn't even have enough time to do the brake. Only got an hour to ride the bike before I parked it. When I got back on it I noticed that the quick shifter wasn't working right and cruise control light just blinked and wouldn't work. I put it out on the MT 10 forum (totally boring forum) and got a semi ridiculous answer and then a bunch of people telling me I was wrong when I said I didn't think that was the issue.@ChesterBurnet just made every single one of the people who reply to technical threads doubt themselves and wonder which group they are in. The funny part is that the people in the 'adjustable wrench' group are probably sure that he isn't talking about them - those folks seem to have unlimited confidence.