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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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How much maintenance do you do?

Title pretty much says it all. How much of your motorcycle maintenance do you do? What do you do and what do you pay the 'experts' to do.

My ulterior motive is to figure out what a non-mechanic can handle in their own garage. I've always done my own oil changes, but would like to do more of the other maintenance (3.3 mechanic hours at $100/hour every 4K miles is getting old).

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 07:58 PM
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I used todomuch of my own maintaining, but now I have
my local dealer do it all. Ibought the bike with a mainrainance
package. So for 20,000 miles I have had to payno extra.
with fuel injectionand all the intricate new stuff I have
Found it easier to let theexperts do it. I think that would
make any warrsnty issues easier to handleshould they

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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 08:16 PM
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The hell of it is, the dealer may be trusted just fine, but he has a snot nose kid that could not care less about your bike workin on it

I do at least 95% on mine, it ain't that tough if you can read and turn a wrench

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I am like Sugar bear. Valves, brakes my own tires. Even the rear shock spring with a crappy tool ( I should have paid someone on that one lol)
The local dealer here once screwed up my carbs and marked the frame on a first oil change for a ZX6r. I have even had guys get there carbs sync by the dealer then come to see me to get it done right ( sportbike days)
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I've only done an oil change and gear oil change thus far. Did it with hand tools in my drive way. *shrug* I guess the only thing I wouldn't attempt is an actual tire change/mount.

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i've started doing most of my own maintenance but still can't replace the tires. and i'd rather pay an expert to do my valve adjustment because that's just smarter than me trying to do that job myself.

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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 11:24 PM
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I do all the maintenance I can on my 1100. With shop rates as high as they are it only makes sense to me to do it my self. With all the info available on the net thiers not much I wouldn't tackle.Knowing how my bike works inside and out and how to repair it makes riding even more enjoyable.
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 11:56 PM
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I've always done my own maintenance on all my vehicles. Babe is due for new tires but i'm feeling lazy . . . I saw a used Road Star at the dealer the other day . . . hmmm . . . ?

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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-19-2012, 03:13 AM
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I never used to do anything but lube the chain on my old bike. This time around I found a local shop that rents out warehouse space with all the tools and equipment at pretty much whatever rate you can afford (lifts, tire mount/balance machines, the works). They also teach basic maintenance classes a couple times a month on various topics from changing the oil to changing a wheel or tensioning the chain correctly. I plan on taking lots of classes and learning it all! If I ever get time off work. *sigh*
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-19-2012, 04:58 AM
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I'm just the average shade tree mechanic, oil, brakes, light bulbs, grease, battery, belt tension, spark plugs,,,the stuff that isn't brain surgery. Or to SugarBear's point, all the stuff the service dept. gives the snot nose to do.

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