how much do you work on your bike? - Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum
View Poll Results: time working vs. riding on bike
majority of time working on it 2 13.33%
about equal 0 0%
maybe half 2 13.33%
25%-ish, just basic maintenance/bolt-ons 7 46.67%
minimal. i let the pros handle everything and/or rack up tons of miles 4 26.67%
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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-05-2019, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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how much do you work on your bike?

recently occurred to me that i've probably spent at least twice as long working on my bike this year than actually riding it. how much time do you spend working on your bikes versus actual riding time? even if you take your bike to the shop for things, you've got to factor in the time spent getting it there, waiting at the shop, and getting it home. basically anything done to the bike where you're not on the road riding it.

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I work on it as little as possible. Does that include polishing it? The time when you are done getting drunk adoring it? I ride it every chance i can.
Adore it with beer mostly!
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two bikes together: oil changes, plugs, replacing batteries every 5 years, pulling wheels off to get new tires put on by the shop...

I estimate a total of 1 full day a year at most (for both bikes combined).

exception would be when its time to check the valve clearance - add another day for the VS650, and for the Royal Star, since Ive never done it before... maybe 2 days - but doing the 650 valves every 16k miles, and the RS is every 24k.

Should add: never had anything break or fail on either bike, never been unable to ride when I want to, never been stranded or had to tow a bike home. I ride about 6,000 miles a year between my two bikes.

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Basic maintenance on the VStar. The biggest thing I did was remove the wheels to have the tires changed. The Nomad has been a little more demanding, but it has more miles on it so the things I've had to do to it reflect that (fork seals, steering bearings). I still ride way more than I work on it though.

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Compared to the amount of time I ride it , I work on my 650 very little. !5,000 miles and only oil changes , a new air filter, two valve adjust , and a new set of tires.
The rest of the time it just keeps purring down the road.
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I do all maintenance on all my vehicles, other than tires. Regular maintenance is all I've had to do last few years except for some wiring issues a while back. I enjoy working on vehicles when I want to, but hate working on them when I have to.

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I do the majority of the minor repairs on both of our 950s. Both being Vstars, very little maintenance is required. Im picky about keeping them clean and checking fluid levels and tire pressure for obvious safety concerns. Id say we ride twice as much as we do working on them. I still consider it a labor of love so to speak. Im always seeking low budget upgrades, especially going with LED lighting to be seen better.


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I'm doing all work on all my bikes. I ride when I can, but if I have time and cannot ride I'll be out there doing something to them.

lately though it's been more working on making the dirt bike indestructible. Really did a ok number on it last weekend.
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