Fred, you are so right about this!
It is normal to feel intimidated to tackle something that you've never done before. But, if you can just screw up the courage to just do it, you'll usually find out that it is really not that difficult after all. Then, once you've done it, you can help someone else to do it. This is how and why I started hosting Wrench & Rides over 5 years ago. Since then we have tackled a good number of maintenance tasks, repairs, and mods including:
-Oil and filter changes
-Chain replacements and adjustments
-Installing oil coolers
-Replacing leaking base gaskets
-Installing hand guards
-Replacing fork seals and boots
-Replacing fork oil and adjusting oil levels
-Replacing rear springs
-Installing extended swingarms
-Welding broken subframes
-Replacing tires, tubes and balancing wheels
-Completely dismantling a Rainbow Warrior
-Etc., etc., etc.
These have been a lot of fun and are a great way to meet some fellow forum members. Just this evening, I accidentally butt-dialed BillMichaels, who has been to almost every one of these get-togethers. During our conversation he asked me when the next one would be. I said that there seems to be a lot of new forum members here in the SF Bay area and that if there was enough interest, I would try to organize one this fall.