Aah, lol I see what you mean now. "At least you don't have to split the cases on a boxer to get at the gearbox". I thought you were saying that getting boxer engine cases apart was a mission
Yes some Jap bikes can be a swine. Many Suzukis you can pull the bottom case half off without removing the head. The xs/xj1100 engine has a large sump pan and you can get at least some of the gears out via the sump. One of the biggest advantages of modern inline-4 engines is having the camchain on the end of the crank instead of in the middle. It's still a lot of work though.
The older Yams have the chain in the middle
I once bought a near mint Kawasaki KR1S for £400 with a knackered 2nd gear and was preparing the have the whole thing apart but then for out it had a cassette gearbox
Some second hand gears and a gasket and it was fixed! Bloody lovely.
Image what one of those would cost today
Arguably the most used domestic work tool in most households.......started switching itself off just before boiling
Turns out most modern kettles have some sort of bimettalic switch....?
After finding it buried inside, quick tweak with a pliers....another piece of landfill saved
Colleague (well, boss - head of faculty) was replacing some tines on his scarifier and he managed to crack a part prising off an E-clip so I said I'd have a go at repairing it... it was magnetic so ferrous but it didn't occur to me until after that it was, I'm pretty sure, die cast - it smoked and spat like hell!
Youngest son and I have replaced the headlight on my oldest sons connect. Easy enough job but the wing had to be pulled out and the bumper sewn together with cable ties. All the end result of a visiting camper van stopped in the middle of the road on a corner! Son took to the verge and hit a fence post at 15mph. I disbelieved him but witnesses agreed with him.