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Who maintains your bike?

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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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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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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. :D
 

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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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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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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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I'll do what I can, then start asking question, and then maybe to the shop.
 

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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.
 

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I do all my own stuff, but I am also a licenced mechanic.
Rod
 
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