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Old 04-22-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Motorcycle repair shop, SW Side?

Hi guys,

I'm hoping ya'll can help me out. I searched the forums and found the usual suggestions but maybe someone can point me towards a repair shop near SouthWest houston. I live near the galleria area and usually take my V-star cruiser to Metric Motorcycles but the shop is closed at the moment. I have an oil leak and need someone to take a look at it for me. Motorcycles Unlimited is 30 miles away which is a bit further than I wanted to trek.

Is there anywhere near me that does honest work? Stubbs near telephone told me they don't really work on Yamahas a few months ago when I went for an oil change and they sent me away.

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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Try JD Cycles on richmond!
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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I'm a former Yamaha/Honda tech

Just hanging out at my friends shop (using the interwebs)

If you're anywhere near here swing by & I'll take a peek.

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Old 04-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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I'm a former Yamaha/Honda tech

Just hanging out at my friends shop (using the interwebs)

If you're anywhere near here swing by & I'll take a peek.

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I Have an oil leak do u think u could look at mine I'm on the s.e. side on long dr
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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Yeah I'll hang out if you can get it on up here.

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Old 04-23-2013, 11:14 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'll try JD Cycles today and see how it works out.

@supadupa, thanks for the offer. My bike's literally spewing oil so I don't ride it too far at the moment.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:13 PM   #7
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Just got my bike back from JD cycles. Jorge seems like a nice guy but I'm a bit put off by the work that was done on my bike.

He said I needed to replace a gasket so he "made one". I had never heard of anyone doing this before and I wish he had asked me before he did it. I don't mind paying extra or waiting for OEM parts, and this kinda seems like some backyard mechanic type stuff. I mean, I could see whatever silicon/putty they used as sealant protruding and the gasket is too long or whatever, so that too is sticking out. I asked him about it and he told me it would go away when I washed the bike. WTF? He then took out some kind of blade and trimmed it the best he can. The "gasket" is still visible in certain areas and is a yellowish color.

Is this typical? I've never seen this type of work done before. My bike came back covered in oil and dirt. The leak seems to have stopped and my bike was returned quickly, but I am a bit disappointed and out $100 bucks.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #8
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There are plenty of automotive/motorcycle parts that are sealed using a liquid type gasket from the factory.
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A friend of mine that refreshes classic Honda CB's has to make gaskets since many of the suppliers no longer manufacture them. He uses gasket paper and traces out a template, then cuts with an exacto. It's kinda standard for vintage bikes. When people do it themselves they will often use cereal box cardboard. Seems to hold up well.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:57 AM   #10
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My bike is idling differently now. JD Cycles replaced the gasket for the alternator I believe they said. Does anyone know if something in that area could possibly cause the idle speed to change?
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