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Dealership for everything 12 1.54%
Other professional for everything 14 1.80%
Dealership/professional for most, I do some 101 13.00%
Dealership/professional for some, I do most 230 29.60%
I'm getting grease on my keyboard as respond to this 420 54.05%
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post #2 of 110 (permalink) Old 10-8-2006, 9:46 AM
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I maintain my motorcycle.


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I do lube/oil/filter, valve clearance, and carb syncs. I will let the shop do tire changes.

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I DO until its tires and rebuilds, I do the work.

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Hell, do the tires too. It isn't hard and doesn't take all that long. And that way you will know its done right.

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In the past 40 years I've done everything from rebuilding engines/transmissions, changing tires, oil changes and tuneups (even in my cars). But now I'm over 56 years old with a heart problem and sore back so I only do oil changes and little things and leave the big jobs to a dealer/professional. I take the wheels off of the bike to take to the shop for new tires. This year was the first time I took a bike in to a dealer for major work (I hadn't riden my VMax for 5-6 months and the gas turned into jelly blocking the carbs). Looks like that's the way the future will be from now on. My younger days are gone. Luckily, in my older days I have money so I can afford to have a dealer/professional do things for me.

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post #7 of 110 (permalink) Old 10-11-2006, 9:40 AM
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I try to do everything. I want to learn as much as I can with my bikes. I do all my mods. I want to learn how to adjust valves.

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I learned a bit, but i am my own mechanic for everything else so...had to learn at sometime. I trust me.

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I've done everything so far, and will be learning more this winter. Oil, chain, etc. Even learned the intricately difficult task of changing a speedometer cable this summer! Now there's something that needs to be written about indepth in the knowledge base.
post #10 of 110 (permalink) Old 12-4-2006, 10:28 PM
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The only time my bike has seen a dealer since it rolled off the showroom floor is for a recall. The factory service manual is money well spent.
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post #11 of 110 (permalink) Old 12-8-2006, 7:34 AM
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I do routine maintenance. Valves and tires I'll leave to the dealer. Its a time thing for me.

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Like 2dogs, I do the routine...i.e. chain maintenance, oil&filter, general lube, etc. Tires, valve adjustment(when needed), carbs(if needed) I'll leave to professionals.

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post #13 of 110 (permalink) Old 2-14-2007, 6:12 AM
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I do everything I can. Sometimes I get to a project I feel overwhelmed by, but you always learn something new. Some things you need the stealership for, like wheel balancing right?
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post #14 of 110 (permalink) Old 2-23-2007, 1:23 PM
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I do as much as I can, complicated stuff I take it to the shop.
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post #15 of 110 (permalink) Old 3-17-2007, 1:29 PM
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I'll do what I can, then start asking question, and then maybe to the shop.

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post #16 of 110 (permalink) Old 3-17-2007, 3:28 PM
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I do everything. And I am literally getting grease on the keyboard right now too, just came in to grab the Clymers and check up some stuff while I'm in here.

On thing I have coming up is my first tire change, the tire is on the way so now I need to figure out how to do it myself or if it's worth it to have a shop do it.

For me, I there is an enjoyment factor working on the bike too. I've done most of the work on my cars my whole life so I'm used to it, but the bike is so much simpler and easy to work on it's actually fun.

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I came in knowing next to nothing about bikes. I could change the oil and that's about it.

This site is helping me do more every day.

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I find more and more dealerships are posting signs that they no longer service bikes 10 years or older...it is the dawn of a new era...
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ME. Never had any of my bikes in any shop.

Except I do take my rims to the cycle shop for new tires; I like my wheels dynamically balanced.
post #20 of 110 (permalink) Old 5-13-2008, 8:20 PM
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I do all my own stuff, but I am also a licenced mechanic.
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self (except for tires)

12 years or so dealer experience back in the early 70's into 80's. BMW, yamaha, triumph, kaw

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post #22 of 110 (permalink) Old 6-13-2008, 8:05 PM
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i'm in the greasy keyboard croud, i'm a mechanic in a tiny tim town in east texas, normally easy to get a minute for my bike or car or van or.... well i'm always working on something...
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post #23 of 110 (permalink) Old 7-23-2008, 2:20 PM
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I don't TRUST anyone else to work on it...so MEEEEE...but it's still new......

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i do my own work...always..i am also the motorcycle/car/atv mechanic for my in-laws ....


Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are...but we are responsible for what we become."<br /><br />"To me SF means, I fuc..d up my bike and all I can afford is to keep it running untill my mom buys me a new one.<br />Just my opinion"<br /><br />FOG
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no doubt...you could have saved around $120 and felt better about it...

just learn from your mistakes...

Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are...but we are responsible for what we become."<br /><br />"To me SF means, I fuc..d up my bike and all I can afford is to keep it running untill my mom buys me a new one.<br />Just my opinion"<br /><br />FOG
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