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View Poll Results: Who maintains your bike?
Dealership for everything 12 1.53%
Other professional for everything 14 1.79%
Dealership/professional for most, I do some 101 12.88%
Dealership/professional for some, I do most 232 29.59%
I'm getting grease on my keyboard as respond to this 425 54.21%
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post #101 of 111 (permalink) Old 7-5-2015, 4:12 PM
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Me. Don't let anyone else work on it. You know your bike. You should know how to work on your motorcycle. Just like a car, if you don't know basic maintenance, you have no business getting behind the wheel.
What a concept, if it were a requirement. That would certainly clear the roads.

My neighbor was going to take his car to a transmission shop....he was concerned about a burning smell.....I simply looked below, then pulled the crusty, burnt plastic bag off the muffler.

"all fixed, that'll be $350 Mr Thomas" says I. Needless to say..he never even bothered to look.

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post #102 of 111 (permalink) Old 7-5-2015, 8:55 PM
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If a trustworthy mechanic will do some advanced types of work I would love to pay them if I don't have time, but 90% of things I do myself. I got burned on my first service on the EX at a shady mechanic... Lesson learned.

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My R3T is still under warranty so I have the dealer do most scheduled maintenance. The EX500 is far out of warranty so me, my sons or maybe a pro on some issues take care of that bike.

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I am the only one that has ever turned a wrench on my EX since I purchased it. The ONLY thing I have taken it to a shop for was tires, and only the first time did I take the whole bike in. After that, I brought just the wheels for a loose mount, but even that is about to change. The cost of a mount and balance has gone up so much that I'm just going to start doing it myself.

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I am the only one that has ever turned a wrench on my EX since I purchased it. The ONLY thing I have taken it to a shop for was tires, and only the first time did I take the whole bike in. After that, I brought just the wheels for a loose mount, but even that is about to change. The cost of a mount and balance has gone up so much that I'm just going to start doing it myself.
My track group went in on a $200 Hitch changer. It is great for all that pre-race day stuff, but if you need it changed in a jiffy it's best to go to the tire guy .

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I've had 3 bikes. None of them have been serviced by a mechanic. Its all nuts and bolts. Hell I'm not mechanically inclined but I can read a manual so I can fix most things.

Cars are different though. I do all basic maintenance, but I don't know enough about getting around under the hood. Bikes are much easier to access things.
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Tuono goes to the shop for anything that requires the engine to be cracked. Other bikes are done by me... so far.
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I'm a firm believer of preemptive service strategies ....as a result can report my 22 year old Ducati 900SS with 30,000 miles (from new) and 19 year old VFR800 with 40,000 (purchased at 20,000) have never been to a shop.... fully serviced, modded/upgraded on my own.

Due to shockingly extreme costs here in NY...I'm now performing my own tire changes...admittedly something I "farmed out" in the past.

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Due to shockingly extreme costs here in NY...I'm now performing my own tire changes...admittedly something I "farmed out" in the past.
Tell me about it. Out here in the greater SF Bay Area, the cost for a loose mount & balance is now up to $40-50. No thank you.
Apriliarider (not currently active here, but we keep in touch regularly) has a tire machine in his garage, so he helps me with tire swaps. Far easier than tire irons.
Just like you, when it cost a mere 20 bucks to take it to the local stealership, I'd fork the money over to save me the effort, but not anymore.

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For years I had a chopper shop just minutes away...easy yearly mandatory NY state inspections, economical/reasonable tire changes ...they went out of business last year. Inquiring at another HD/custom shop, I was quoted $75 per wheel last season...OBSCENE! That did it, I'm back in the tire business now.

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I do all my own work. I work as a ASE certified technician on light duty vehicles, so unless I'm bogged down on projects and don't have time (major/rebuild stuff), I'll do it. I hate working with fuel though, and for the price I could pay for a paint can of Cem-dip and a gasket rebuild kit, might as well pay someone else to rebuild my carbs. So.... Everything but Carbs !
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