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Old 06-16-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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Post Patrick and M.U. are Great but Sometimes....

You just want to get to know your bike and fix things yourself. The classes Patrick holds are great and his willingness to give people advice are a great help. My stator went out and I found this out when a guy off the R1 forum told me how to use a meter and what test to run. Anyway my funds were depleated after buying a rectifier and stator (got an extra for a 02 R1 if anyone needs it) and they way gas prices are it was making it hard to drive my SUV at 20.00 a day! So I decided to do it myself. Let me 1st say if you don't have the right tools your are already in for a long day! If you do then your half way there. I'm thankful for good neighbors and their willingness to help out Dave my neighbor loaned me his impact gun and i was off! Do you know how hard it is to find a 16x1.5 bolt this is what size bolt you will need to remove the flywheel. Dealer was no help hardware store no help and neither was any autopart store. This was my biggest problem but a the owner of Turner Cycles was Awsome when I couldn't find the bolt and called him because he was the down the rode from me about maybe fixing the bike because I wouldn't have made it to M.U. and I have no trailer. So when I call he say come by I may have that bolt you need sure enough he did loaned it to me and didn't know me at all. When home took the cover off and finished the job on my own. The feeling of accomplishment was very rewarding. Just wanted to share Thank for your time......
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:29 PM   #2
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Here what the stator looked liked when I pulled it out.
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You just want to get to know your bike and fix things yourself. The classes Patrick holds are great and his willingness to give people advice are a great help. My stator went out and I found this out when a guy off the R1 forum told me how to use a meter and what test to run. Anyway my funds were depleated after buying a rectifier and stator (got an extra for a 02 R1 if anyone needs it) and they way gas prices are it was making it hard to drive my SUV at 20.00 a day! So I decided to do it myself. Let me 1st say if you don't have the right tools your are already in for a long day! If you do then your half way there. I'm thankful for good neighbors and their willingness to help out Dave my neighbor loaned me his impact gun and i was off! Do you know how hard it is to find a 16x1.5 bolt this is what size bolt you will need to remove the flywheel. Dealer was no help hardware store no help and neither was any autopart store. This was my biggest problem but a the owner of Turner Cycles was Awsome when I couldn't find the bolt and called him because he was the down the rode from me about maybe fixing the bike because I wouldn't have made it to M.U. and I have no trailer. So when I call he say come by I may have that bolt you need sure enough he did loaned it to me and didn't know me at all. When home took the cover off and finished the job on my own. The feeling of accomplishment was very rewarding. Just wanted to share Thank for your time......
good job now take the man back his bolt!! lol
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Lol! yeah I did. owe him a 12pack for that!
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He was saying they are great, but sometimes you need to LEARN and do it yourself.


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That is a horrible feeling when you start to work on your bike and dont have the right tools!!!!!! Been there before.

But the flipside is when you get it all accomplished and get back on two!! Yesss!!!!!!!!!


I try to do all the maintenance work myself now. But if its something I dont / cant handle I will call my good friend Pat @ Motorcycles Unlimited. He has always been there when I needed help.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:41 PM   #9
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I mostly do maintenance myself, but for convenience of time, I'll take it to the Shop if I must. Many times, especially since I started my own business, I just have not had the time to take care of my baby myself.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:47 PM   #10
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i look at a job from a "can i do it perspective" , if i have the mech. apptitude to do it. also the "what if i get it wrong, will it make me crash" perspective......lol

then i'll spend the $ for proper tools, then i have more tools in the long run.
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I'm in an apartment with no storage, i want to get tools to start doing things myself, but say if I botch up a tire change, or have difficulty in finishing it, there goes by form of transportation.... I just let Patrick take care of it. When I get a garage, house etc, I'll start investing in tools and do 90% of it myself, but I need space and the ability to leave it in parts while I figure it out, not forgetting something then being stuck!
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I agree with what some are talking about in doing things themself, but most people don't realize when they are in over their head and end up costing themselves much more money and the mechanic numerous headaches to fix the F-ups, and almost all of us are guilty of it at some point.

If the typical "do-it-yourself" individual knew when to say when, life would be easier for many different people. Be it home repair, auto, bike, or even yard care.
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You just want to get to know your bike, and fix things yourself. The classes Patrick holds are great, and his willingness to give people advice is a great help.
My stator went out, and I found this out when a guy off the R1 forum told me how to use a meter, and what test to run. Anyway, my funds were depleted after buying a rectifier and stator, however I have an extra for a 02 R1 if anyone needs it, and the way gas prices are, it was making it hard to drive my SUV at $20.00 a day! So, I decided to do it myself.

Let me first say that if you don't have the right tools, your are already in for a long day! If you do, then you are half way there. I'm thankful for good neighbors and their willingness to help out. Dave, my neighbor, loaned me his impact gun and I was off! Do you know how hard it is to find a 16mmx1.5 bolt? This is what size bolt you will need to remove the flywheel. The dealer was no help, the hardware store was no help, and neither were any auto parts stores.
My biggest problem was that I couldn't find the bolt, but the owner of Turner Cycles was awesome when I called him (because he was the down the road from me) about maybe fixing the bike, because I wouldn't have made it to M.U., and I have no trailer.

So when I called, he said "Come by, I may have that bolt that you need." Sure enough, he did. He loaned it to me even though he didn't know me at all. When I got home, I took the cover off and finished the job on my own. The feeling of accomplishment was very rewarding. I just wanted to share. Thank for your time.
Fixed!
I was having such a hard time reading, I figured I'd try to help, so others could read it easier.
Also, Did you put lock-tite on those bolts that hold the stator to the case? They have a tendency to rattle loose without any thread locking agent.
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Fixed!
I was having such a hard time reading, I figured I'd try to help, so others could read it easier.
Also, Did you put lock-tite on those bolts that hold the stator to the case? They have a tendency to rattle loose without any thread locking agent.
squanto you should of had your glasses on!
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squanto you should of had your glasses on!
Dang! that's why everybody was honking at me when I went to lunch!! Bastids need to learn how to stay off my side of the road (whichever side that may be )
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I think that anyone who refers to something that needs to be fixed or has a question about maintenance the defacto answer is to have Patrick look at it. I have been to Motorcycles Unlimited in the past for accessories and such but there are people that prefer to do their own work. I think this was what the original poster was refering to. You can go to many MC forums on the net and get some good solid howto's and writeups on the mechanical side of motorcycling but that type on knowledge isn't shared here as much.
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Good job on fixing it yourself. Pretty awesome that the shop owner by you lent you the tool you needed at no charge, maybe you can make it up to him in the future by taking him some business
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You can go to many MC forums on the net and get some good solid howto's and writeups on the mechanical side of motorcycling but that type on knowledge isn't shared here as much.
I think it's because we have a large influx of new riders, a lot of whom don't have a lot of experience.
It's one of the reasons I try to answer as many of the tech and how to questions that I can, to try to help out.

Racer, glad you got it fixed!
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Didn't you also have to wait forever for it to come in?:/:
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