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Old 06-19-2007, 11:51 AM   #1
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Self Service?

My biggest annoyance is I dont have great patience or the appropriate surroundings to to really begin to learn the mechanics of my bike.

BUT, with the recent events I encountered at my first track day I was forced into working on very basic stuff but still it was a challenge for me. And after all was said and done I felt a great accomplishment because I really am rubbish at this stuff.

So with a new house on the very near horizon, I am thinking it may be time to venture into some basic self service but wanted to ask you guys what should I / could I do?

If I buy this house I have to be able to make cut backs and save where I can (coz I don't want to give up the 2 wheels!) With my bike at the 14,000 mile range it needs a tune up / new plugs and whatever else comes at this stage in a bikes life. Is this something I could do? Would anybody be willing to spend an afternoon working on bikes if I provided beer and pizza to keep us going? OR is this something I just shouldn't even consider and keep it going to the safe as houses method of Patrick and Motorcycles Unlimited?

Sorry for the novel but I appreciate your thoughts!

PS - I was also considering lowering my insurance coverage too - what are your thoughts for a 2005 bike - should it still be fully covered when it costs $85 / month? Or is it time to lower the coverage?

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Old 06-19-2007, 11:52 AM   #2
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Ha ha ha... Self service!
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Ha ha ha... Self service!
great I've already been whored!
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:53 AM   #4
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:57 AM   #5
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great I've already been whored!
Glad to contribute.

Check out eBay, you can get both the bike manual and the FSM (factory service manual) on one CD along with exploded assemblies and detailed drawings.

P.S. Keep the full coverage, add theft!
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:58 AM   #6
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Glad to contribute.

Check out eBay, you can get both the bike manual and the FSM (factory service manual) on one CD along with exploded assemblies and detailed drawings.

P.S. Keep the full coverage, add theft!

What's the difference between bike manual and FSM?
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:01 PM   #7
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Bike manual has all the stuff in it like regular intervals and states "bring bike to dealer for service", the FSM says this is your interval and this is step by step how to do it. The FSM is what the tech has at the shop you bring your bike to. It lists all the technical details.
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yes, a factory service manual will instruct you step-by-step (usually) on how to do things, plus provides torque settings and other very helpful instructions. i use mine on all three of my bikes. they may be the best tools in my garage.

congrats on the house. we've been in ours for 1.5 years now, and it's great, but it's also a ton of work...
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You can do everything on your own...Just be patient...

Its one nut and bolt at a time.
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great I've already been whored!

At least you didn't ask to borrow someone's rubber, or f@g.

on a more serious note, Patrick is doing his monthly motorcycle service class this weekend ... that's a good place to start.

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The work is fairly easy, especially with a manual. But it's always nice to have somebody there to ask questions of. Do you have a place and tools? Let me know I can always help ya out...I have a place, bike lift, and plenty of tools.
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ill be down for a "tune day" at your place. people bring over some stuff to do and everyone watches. only problem is having the right tools there.
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Wow guys - thanks for all the advice!!!

To respond:
Jet - I hear ya on the new house thing! I havn't got it yet but fingures crossed!
Logan - I did the workshop last time around and ofcourse learnt an immense amount but I need to take it further.
Hotnanas - it looks like my first step is the FSM!
Indy RC - no place YET and crappy tools! But will be changing this soon.
Chris - checking my PM now
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ill be down for a "tune day" at your place. people bring over some stuff to do and everyone watches. only problem is having the right tools there.
Dude you obviously have never seen Tims' tools
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The work is fairly easy, especially with a manual. But it's always nice to have somebody there to ask questions of. Do you have a place and tools? Let me know I can always help ya out...I have a place, bike lift, and plenty of tools.

Man this would be great!!! What should I do/get prior to setting this up with you?
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i was referring to flying scots tools at his house. i didnt read your post were you offered his shop
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Man this would be great!!! What should I do/get prior to setting this up with you?
I'm at work and kinda busy now, but I'll send you a PM later.
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