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View Poll Results: Who does there own Maintenance
Bought Service Maintenance plan from factory 1 0.85%
One of our site sponsers gets my business 19 16.24%
I buy a 24 pack and go to a friends for Maintenance 14 11.97%
I do it my self 96 82.05%
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:18 PM   #1
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Poll: Who does there own Maintenance.

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So i am getting another bike(FINALLY!) and was wondering is it worth it to get the Factory Maintenance plan for the bike. I did with the R6 as most of yall remembered, they almost killed me at least 3 times but they fixed all there mistakes and were good people. some on this this. Supposedly its cheaper to do it yourself not sure if i should start now, go factory Maintenance, or 3rd party maintenance with one of our sponsors.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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I would try to do what you can on your own so you learn about your machine and are more inclined to do it right (referring to your almost being killed). If you don't want to get your hands dirty pay one of our sponsors to do it
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I do my own, but then again, my bike has a belt instead of a chain.....oh, sweet belt.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:28 PM   #5
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I can do a few things myself. Unfortunately most bolts r tightened within an inch of their lives. I have to recruit some muscle to help with alot of stuff. sux havin no upper body strength
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The more you learn about your bike, the more comfortable you will be with it.

I dont know how people dont ask a million questions when at the dealership or getting work done.

If I have questions, Motorcycles Unlimited is always there to help or do the things I'd prefer they do.

Depending on WHAT you're getting done, you may want someone that is familiar with it to do it anyways. Case in point, we have a master tech that had his stang's engine built. Everyone asked him why since he has everything he would need to do it, he replies 'cuz I want it done write, once, and by someone that knows what they they are doing the first time.'
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:34 PM   #8
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:35 PM   #9
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bought the FSM same day I bought the bike, do it all myself.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:43 PM   #10
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I do it all except tires, but I keep kicking around the idea of my own tire machine. Hmm if I could find somebody close to me to go in on one...

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i used to take it to my cousin's, but now i will only take my bike to M/U. What bike are you getting?
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:49 PM   #12
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:51 PM   #13
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I can do a few things myself. Unfortunately most bolts r tightened within an inch of their lives. I have to recruit some muscle to help with alot of stuff. sux havin no upper body strength
You're probably thinking they need to be tightened more than they actually need to be. Use a torque wrench and tighten the bolts to spec.
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I do it all except tires, but I keep kicking around the idea of my own tire machine. Hmm if I could find somebody close to me to go in on one...
Ken (guitarman) and Wayne have already started talking about buying one- then we could help out friends and only charge about $10 a piece. It sucks having to pay $35 a tire just to put them on the rim.

I can change the oil/fluids, clean and lube my chain, and small jobs. For the big stuff I have a vmaxgirl or guitarman- between the two of them, there isn't anything I can't get done in my garage!

Sometimes just having friends and family are the best tools you can own!
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:57 PM   #15
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like plugs, fluids, filters, lub?

yea, do that myself.

Found a factory service manual online in PDF form.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:08 PM   #16
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I try to do everything myself (outside the crank case). If I don't know how I ask someone (Mr Richards/ Sunny). After I watch someone do it once I can do it on my own. Changed my subframe last weekend and the end hasn't fallen off yet. So that's a plus
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I do maintenance myself. Replace parts (fork seals, clutches, ect.) at Fermins (don't know his sn) and he's the ONLY person I let touch my bike anymore. I don't trust anyone after countless bad stories about repair at dealerships and a few personal experiances with them myself.


I usually buy parts from M.U. cuz I know for a fact I'll get what I ordered, and fast.


I do not do ANY business with dealerships.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:14 PM   #18
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I do basic stuff for my bikes, more complicated stuff directly with Sunny. He is the man.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:28 PM   #19
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Like most above, I try to do all I can on my own. I believe it really builds confidence in how you ride. It's a symbiotic relationship. You take care of her and she takes care of you.

I also remember that I am not a mechanic, but mechanically inclined, so I leave that job to the professionals and I trust two shops. Motorcycles Unlimited and Ellis Performance. I have no experience with others - should tell you something.

Great thing about Tim's shop - Ellis Performance, is that they work on cars/trucks too. Mine is there right now getting some TLC.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:34 PM   #20
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