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Old 05-31-2014, 12:12 PM   #21
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Oil change and chain cleaning/lubing are pretty simple to do. You just need the right tools and material.

-Basic tool set that has ratchet and sockets
-Rear and front stands (makes life a whole lot easier to do maintenance)
-Chain cleaner and lube (some people say to use WD40 as a cleaner, I use Motul chain cleaner and PJ1 as a lube, it's really up to you what to use, do some research)
-chain brush
-Motor oil
-Oil catcher
-Oil filter and gasket
-Maybe a new washer for the oil plug
-A lot of shop rags
-Card board to catch all the drippings



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Old 05-31-2014, 04:01 PM   #22
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I had the worst luck with so called "professional service"
If you want something well done, learn how to and do it your self!
I can go on an on about all my experiences but I'll start with this one...
I took my bike to get the 10.000 miles service done at Stubbs and the professional mechanic "forgot" to put back the front axle bolt on the bike. The wheel was only tight by the pinch bolts which was not that tight to beginning with...
If you would to know more stories about the good PROFESSIONAL service just reply to this post
Now, go buy the mechanic manual and some tools and DO IT YOUR SELF!
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:46 PM   #23
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This wont affect warranty?
The Magnuson Moss Act specifically forbids manufacturers from voiding your warranty if you take your vehicle to an independent shop or do it yourself.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuso...s_Warranty_Act

Just make sure to save the receipts of the materials you use if you choose to do it yourself, and buy a factory service manual so you know what things need to be checked.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:02 PM   #24
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I had the worst luck with so called "professional service"
If you want something well done, learn how to and do it your self!
I can go on an on about all my experiences but I'll start with this one...
I took my bike to get the 10.000 miles service done at Stubbs and the professional mechanic "forgot" to put back the front axle bolt on the bike. The wheel was only tight by the pinch bolts which was not that tight to beginning with...
If you would to know more stories about the good PROFESSIONAL service just reply to this post
Now, go buy the mechanic manual and some tools and DO IT YOUR SELF!
That's my 2 cents
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I've had my share of this nonsense back in the day haha. squeaky breaks after break job, handling after alignment, missing or loose parts e.t.c you name it. I only take my vehicles to dealerships when they have specialty equipment that nobody else has and would cost thousands if I want to buy it myself (i.e reprogramming a nissan immobilizer after replacement e.t.c)

if you want something done right, do it yourself if possible. also, use the search feature on this topic. it's definitely the most asked topic in all motorcycle forums history on the interwebs and intertubes.
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Oil change and chain cleaning/lubing are pretty simple to do. You just need the right tools and material.

-Basic tool set that has ratchet and sockets
-Rear and front stands (makes life a whole lot easier to do maintenance)
-Chain cleaner and lube (some people say to use WD40 as a cleaner, I use Motul chain cleaner and PJ1 as a lube, it's really up to you what to use, do some research)
-chain brush
-Motor oil
-Oil catcher
-Oil filter and gasket
-Maybe a new washer for the oil plug
-A lot of shop rags
-Card board to catch all the drippings




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Old 06-01-2014, 06:35 PM   #26
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BTW, my service manual says to clean and lube the chain every 500 miles
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Just make sure to save the receipts of the materials you use if you choose to do it yourself, and buy a factory service manual so you know what things need to be checked.
+1 and +1 on those.

Also, when I bought my 06 VFR800 new I actually paid for a service contract that covered all regular maintenance except consumables (which amounted to brake pads for mine). Spark plugs, oil/filter/ and shims for valve adjustments were all included however. I got back twice what I put into the contracts purchase price. So that's still 1 option, but you have to do the math and see how many miles you need to put on it to break even. If you only ride a few thousand miles a year the contract will end up costing you more.
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Go on YouTube. Search. Than do it yourself. It's as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal.
Except that factory installed oil filter is a to remove
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Except that factory installed oil filter is a to remove
Lmao! Smeone at Honda has a robo arm that's for sure!
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Even though I am capable of performing most aspects of service I do prefer to periodically have it serviced professionally so that if I missed anything at previous intervals it may get caught. The idea of having a second set of eyes...

I do not know about all makes of bikes but when it comes to automobiles manufacturers may have updated firmware for the ECU which may address issues. I assume these can only be applied at dealers if they exist?

You're not going to save that much money by avoiding dealer service over non-dealer service. Work is work and people and bills must be paid. The challenge is to make sure to find a dealer which has a good service department and competent technicians.

For the first service, it is always good to try to negotiate that as part of the purchase.

From my dealings at Wild West I can't say I have anything negative to say.

Just one man's 2 cents...
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