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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Maintenance check on my 1300

Just bought my '09 1300, 4400 miles a couple of weeks ago and have been getting acclimated to it as weather permits. Rode it down to the local indie shop for the mandatory state inspection and I've decided to let them take care of some basic maintenance so I can have a baseline going forward. I generally like to do the fluid changes and simple adjustments myself but I try do to some business with the local shop too. Just in case I screw something up. Haha. Here's basically what I had in mind:

[*]oil and filter change[*]brake fluid change[*]check belt tension

I figure I'll wait to swap out the brake cable if/when I change out the handlebars (already looking). Probably hold off on any valve adjustments until Summer unless the tech hears something I don't.

Is there anything I should get checked that is not on the maintenance schedule? I know on my other bike, the drive shaft needs to lubed periodically but you won't find that on any published maintenance schedule. Thanks!
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The yamaha mechanic said it is important to change the coolant every two years. He says it breaks down kinda like oil does due to the fact that the bike engine runs hotter than a car engine. He claims the coolant can reach 250 degrees??

Also, make sure the belt is not too tight. If you follow the manual, many agree that is too tight. If I can hear the belt whine when I come to a stop, I loosen it. It's safer to be a shade loose than a shade tight. I guess it's kinda hard on the bearings when the belt is tight.

One more thing....if it has the stock Dunlop tires on it, keep an eye on them. We have had some problems with Dunlop this past year. My son had one split down the sidewall, and another split between the treads. My factory Dunlops started showing some cracks between the lugs also. I am done with Dunlop after what I saw last year.
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Ah yeah, coolant change. Definitely!

My tires are the OEM Bridgestones. The seem ok but pretty worn for 4400 miles. I think the PO ran them with the too little air pressure as the wear band is much wider than on my other bike. Maybe she was better at carving up the twistys than me!

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Well, it broke 40 degrees today and I couldn't wait to get her in the shop to change the oil so did it myself today. Out of habit, put her on the lift but that only obstructed my access to the drain plug so just leveled her up a little and let her drain for a good while. I did a little checking at the dealer yesterday as the seller told me where purchased - no service since 2010 Went ahead and bought yamalube and yammy filter. Dealer recommended 10-40; I asked about the 20-50 recommended by Yamaha and and was told the recommendations are "regionalized" and 10-40 is what they recommend. OK, 10-40 is ok, gonna change it again anyway before summer so no big deal.

Seems to be shifting a little easier but the funny thing is that a read somewhere (maybe here) to watch out for debri that could be wedged around the filter. I remember thinking how that sounded unlikely but when I just loosened the filter today, a decent size pebble fell in the catch pan. Whoda thunk it?

Next is coolant and brake fluid change.
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I'm on my phone, so I can't copy/paste, but look at the threads I've started and find the one about radiator protection, or something like that. I made a guard for the bottom of the radiator, and I am going to make a similar deflector for the bottom of the engine and the oil filter because of all the junk that gets thrown up.

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