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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-28-2005, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Do you work on your own bike, and do you enjoy it?

If I have time, I like to work on my own bike; so long as my technical ability isn't exceeded.

Do you work on your ride, or just pay someone. I you do work on it, do you enjoy it or just do it to save $?
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post #3 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-28-2005, 10:27 AM
 
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I do my own work, I cant stand any halfwit puting he greasy mitts on my bikes.
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post #4 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-28-2005, 11:16 AM
 
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I try to do the work on all my vehicles. At least then I know it's done to my satisfaction. If it gets beyond my knowledge I have a couple friends that are good and I can do the work using thier knowledge then next time around I can tackle the project myself. I love doing upgrades and maintanance but don't like fixing broken stuff.
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I like doing my own work as well, although I havent done too much on the 1K but with my F4 I did almost all my own work. I bought the service manual so that helped on the things I wasnt familiar with. I think it is kind of neat to learn about the bike while working on it too.
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When i took my r1 for the 600 mile service it had a coolant leak.Their was a pinhole in one of the pipes to the radiator.Of course they had to order the part so a week later when i got it i noticed a rattle that was'nt their before.
It turned out to be the damper.A rubber backed washer that prevented it from rattling was left off(why the damper was removed?) and to add to that my right side mid fairing was put on without one of the tabs being in the proper slot..
My front brake (feel)wasn't the same after that also.If i ever do take it back to a dealer it won't be that one..........
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yes i do all my own work i havent done much to my triumph yet just changed oil but i did all work to my harley including building the motor i worked in a independent shop part time for 13 years ran by real bikers & only worked on older biks like knuckleheads panhead & shovelheads.. hence my name.... & i did all my work to my previous kz1000 & i will be building me a bike ground up soon first suzuki... & still no one has given me a reply as to which frame i should pick up for a 600? & i know it wont handle great with a busa.. but just looking. & here is a question for any techies out here when we lengthen the swingarm we lose handling. so can we change the rake of the neck? to bring some of the handling back? anyone with an idea of how many degrees neck change versus how much length of swingarm? or am i thinking incorrect?????????
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post #8 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-28-2005, 02:19 PM
 
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If I ever need help for something to technical I will take only that part to a shop, cuts down on labor time, I enjoy it, and I know exactly whats been done.
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post #9 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-28-2005, 03:52 PM
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I really enjoy wokring on my bike... something about it that is different than working on your cars... just like it...

even on my recent fork job... I removed the forks and re-installed them... and had fun doing it as well...




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I work on my own bike, I don't trust greasy mechanics. I had a car mechanic change my oil many years ago, he wasn't paying attention and spilled oil all over the top of my engine. They just try to do a quick job to get the money and get it out of the way. I enjoy working on my own bike, unless it's something I can't do and get frustrated and say F it.
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I work on my own bike to the limit of my tools. Seems every project i really want to do, im missing what i really need. Cant wait till i can do some serious tool shopping!
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LMFAO, thats always what happens, everytime you get in the middle of a project a tool ends up missing.
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... like a 30mm socket with a 3/8 inch drive. I cant even find one at the store!
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I do what I can with the help of Twisty.. I enjoy working on anything mechanical - hvac, appliances, cars, bikes, lawnmowers, etc. etc. I just like to fix ****..
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SV...if spilling oil all over the engine is your worse bad mechanic story...consider yourself lucky!




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post #16 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-28-2005, 09:41 PM
 
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I do it and love it because my buddies will pay me to work on their's because they don't know nothing. Well they will as soon as one of 'em pays me.
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If I have time, I like to work on my own bike; so long as my technical ability isn't exceeded.

Do you work on your ride, or just pay someone. I you do work on it, do you enjoy it or just do it to save $?
well my freind and his dad know a lot about bikes (im no idiot i can do all the easy stuff like oil... ect but i go and have thenm help me out when need it......we are like fam. kinda so i like to hang out and improve the ride....puttin exuast on the truck in a couple days
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post #18 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-29-2005, 12:24 PM
 
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i enjoy working on my bike, plus with labor rates at 50+ an hour, how could u not enjoy saving ur money at teh same time.
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post #19 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-29-2005, 02:20 PM
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$50??? Try like $75 for most stealers....




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post #20 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-29-2005, 04:34 PM
 
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well sorry but if ur taking ur bike to a stealership u need ur head checked, i get a rate of 40 an hour if its something i cant do myself, like adjusting the valves, it only cost me 180 to have them all adjusted. its a local bike n atv shop, and i have known the guy since i was like 9 i have been taking my dirtbikes n stuff to him.
but 75 an hour they can go fcuk themselves. lol
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