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Old 04-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Doing my first bike maintenance this weekend...missing anything?

Hi everyone....

So I am performing my first bike maintenance and decided to go all out and do everything over this weekend. I ordered about 250 dollars worth of oils, tools and equipment. Here is my list of to-dos:

-change the engine oil
-change the oil filter
-lube the throttle and clutch cables
-grease the clutch/brake/footpegs/rear brake
-clean/lube/wax the chain
-adjust tire pressure
-flush the coolant and replace it
-bleed both brakes and replace the pads
-clean the air filter
-inspect radiator and fuel hoses
-replace headlight bulbs
-replace spark plugs
-replace grips

Those are all the tasks I came up with scouring the internet and service manual. Am I missing anything else???

Also does anyone think a radiator guard is worth the money?

Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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Your good to go. Make sure the coolant u have is motorcycle friendly if its not it might cause problems 10,000 miles down the road so it's not a huge issue. Radiator guard is worth the money you should see the dents in my radiator guard plus radiators are not cheap for bikes.

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Old 04-09-2013, 11:03 AM   #3
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Your good to go. Make sure the coolant u have is motorcycle friendly if its not it might cause problems 10,000 miles down the road so it's not a huge issue. Radiator guard is worth the money you should see the dents in my radiator guard plus radiators are not cheap for bikes.
Yeah, all the oils/fluids I ordered were from Motorcycle-Superstore. I am not sure if they are the cheapest but I wanted everything to be motorcycle specific.

The radiator guards they offer are ~100 dollars which seems a bit steep considering they really are just a piece of perforated sheet metal. But yeah, you are right, it would be good to have one on. I might look into just making one myself.
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make one with wire mesh. A few here have done it. Im sure a search will find it
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Yes, on the radiator guard. Sux when you're in BFE having a little fun and a rock knocks a hole in your radiator. Water weld to the rescue!
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Looks like a long list.
Have you done any maintenance before? if not be careful changing the plugs do not over tighten read the spec. and take care pulling the wires from the plug.
Depending on the Air Cleaner type and condition you may want to change it rather than just clean.
Complete one task before you start another - doing so will help you be sure you put oil back in the bike before you forget and try to start it.

Have fun.
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how many miles on the bike? IIRC the sv650 calls for a valve adj at 14k.
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how many miles on the bike? IIRC the sv650 calls for a valve adj at 14k.
Theres only ~6k miles on the bike. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:33 PM   #11
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Looks like a long list.
Have you done any maintenance before? if not be careful changing the plugs do not over tighten read the spec. and take care pulling the wires from the plug.
Depending on the Air Cleaner type and condition you may want to change it rather than just clean.
Complete one task before you start another - doing so will help you be sure you put oil back in the bike before you forget and try to start it.

Have fun.
I have never done maintenance on a motorcycle before but have worked on little 25-46cc minibikes and scooters in the past. I will be careful with the spark plugs thanks.
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