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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone been a while! I put my battery in the bike for the first time this year and took her out for a spin, ran like a champ!

My question to you is:
What sort of maintenance do i need to do this weekend before i put any real miles on her? I know i need to change the oil, but is there anything else you would all recommend before taking the bike for long rides? I'm cheap and don't want to pay a dealer to "find things" to fix ya know? It's gonna be a good summer

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 01:44 PM
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A few things I do at the start of a new riding season.
1. check tire pressures and look for weather cracks in sidewalls.
2. put a few drops of light oil on the pivot point for shifter and rear brake pedal.
3. every 2 years lube throttle and clutch cables.
4. make sure all lights and horn work.
5. every 2 years I change out the spark plugs reguardles of how many miles I rode on the old ones. I would rather do it in my garage than on the side of a road when one fails.
6.depending on the milage of your bike, there is only 2 bolts on each front brake caliper. it might be wise to check how much meat is left on the pads.
7. check or change oil level in rear diff.
ride safe and keep the shiney side up!!!!

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The best thing you can do to assure putting on some uninterupted miles is convince the wife she needs a get away weekend with her friends



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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-20-2011, 05:58 PM
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Make sure to check your air pressure!! Alot of people ruin their tire mileage because they forget to do that.
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The best thing you can do to assure putting on some uninterupted miles is convince the wife she needs a get away weekend with her friends
The boys give very good tips, follow their advice. The post of the wart rates right up there close to the top, words of wisdom Ride safe.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2011, 09:26 AM
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The only other thing I would mention would be to use a Battery Maintainer. Especially if the bike sits up for long periods of time.

A battery maintainer will monitor the battery voltage and come on and charge when it drops to a certain point. This prevents the battery from discharging, which prevents sulfation.


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