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Old 12-09-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Maintenance! Maintenance! Maintenance!

I highly doubt any of you neglect your bikes, well....we all have a beater bike laying somewhere... But just wanted to remind people to do maintenance!!! I'm lucky in that I have a full shop and all the tools I need but you don't need that to keep your street bike maintained.

I'm only throwing this out there because I skipped doing a thorough run through of my drivetrain and after going through it all again last night.....wow!!!! It was very dirty. Every rotational piece had some form of nasty on it. My bearings were no where near dry but needed cleaning. I cleaned my hub out, cleaned the wheels, went meth head on the chain (cleaned each link with a toothbrush!!!), took the time to thoroughly lubricate everything and put it all back together to spec.

I went from a dirty chain and worn out rear aluminum sprocket to a steel sprocket and perfectly clean and lubed drivetrain. ill admit I only put the steel on for longevity sake due to wheelies etc but . By the seat of my pants it felt like I freed up about 15hp lol. This pig will stand up all day in second but I was finally able to torque wheelie in third. Went from 29mpg to 33mpg on both tanks I've burned this weekend and the bike just accelerates so smoothly. Also, a fresh sprocket, cleaned and lived drivetrain made on/off throttle changes so much smoother even pegged out in 6th.

It truly feels like a factory bike again and all it took was about two hours of labor to get it there. It's free mpg and your bike will thank you.

Try and clean/lube/assemble to spec your rotating assemblies every 1000 miles or so. You'd be surprised.

I'm sure you all know all of this, , I'm a mechanic.... and I didn't even maintain properly, but it's just worth maintaining your bike, especially if you are incredibly demanding of it. I bought my bike in October and have put 6900 miles on it and three track days already....it needed some love and it definitely gave me love back.


Next weekend is valve lash time. Anyone who wants to learn how to...pm me. Ill start a thread for a wrench day next weekend.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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So your is telling you that a clean chain and bearings gained 15 hp?
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:45 AM   #5
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Tough crowd! I think it's great to get the reinforcement about keeping up w maintenance. And I'd love to be able to kibitz through somebody's valve lash job; haven't done one on a bike before, but mine is probably due.

I'll PM the OP.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:38 AM   #6
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:29 AM   #7
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I'm sure you all know all of this, , I'm a mechanic.... and I didn't even maintain properly, but it's just worth maintaining your bike, especially if you are incredibly demanding of it.
What's that saying, "The worst maintained car belongs to a mechanic" or something like that.
I used to go with the great unwashed look on my old Yamaha Maxim 550 until I decided one day to give it a once over and noticed about 1/3 of the teeth on the back sprocket were chewed down to nubs. I won't say I am necessarily diligent, but I make more of an effort now.
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It was a seat of the pants dyno that he used. Gotta keep that in mind. LOL
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:35 AM   #10
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Yeah Mikey we are about to do the king of all maintenance on the SV... we bringing her back from the brink of destruction! I am gonna add like a Brazilian HP!
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OP, it's easy to get lazy with maintenance. Good to hear a reminder every once in a while.
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I highly doubt any of you neglect your bikes, well....we all have a beater bike laying somewhere... But just wanted to remind people to do maintenance!!! I'm lucky in that I have a full shop and all the tools I need but you don't need that to keep your street bike maintained.

I'm only throwing this out there because I skipped doing a thorough run through of my drivetrain and after going through it all again last night.....wow!!!! It was very dirty. Every rotational piece had some form of nasty on it. My bearings were no where near dry but needed cleaning. I cleaned my hub out, cleaned the wheels, went meth head on the chain (cleaned each link with a toothbrush!!!), took the time to thoroughly lubricate everything and put it all back together to spec.

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It truly feels like a factory bike again and all it took was about two hours of labor to get it there. It's free mpg and your bike will thank you.

Try and clean/lube/assemble to spec your rotating assemblies every 1000 miles or so. You'd be surprised.

I'm sure you all know all of this, , I'm a mechanic.... and I didn't even maintain properly, but it's just worth maintaining your bike, especially if you are incredibly demanding of it. I bought my bike in October and have put 6900 miles on it and three track days already....it needed some love and it definitely gave me love back.


Next weekend is valve lash time. Anyone who wants to learn how to...pm me. Ill start a thread for a wrench day next weekend.
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Went from 29mpg to 33mpg on both tanks I've burned this weekend and the bike just accelerates so smoothly.
How are you getting such low mpg numbers?
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when your done.. please post your seat of pants dyno results....
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Yeah Mikey we are about to do the king of all maintenance on the SV... we bringing her back from the brink of destruction! I am gonna add like a Brazilian HP!
Conversion factor from American to Brazilian HP, please.
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How are you getting such low mpg numbers?
I run track pressures in the Q2's (increased rolling resistance) been naked (increases wind resistance), dirty drivetrain (rotational friction), and I was running a way too rich Pc3 map. Oh yeah and it's a 440 lb 750 CC with a +2 rear.....33mpg like I ride is def fine.

Oh yeah dude I also do triple digits all commute long and hammer it non stop......it's what I bought it for.
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