Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Wadsworth, Ohio USA
When I had my 900ss I did all the maintenance on it myself. Just get yourself a good manual (I had a Haynes) and it will simplify stuff enough that you can do it if you have decent mechanical ability. The valve adjustments aren't too bad, and there are some shortcuts that you can take here and there to save time/money. The dealer near where I lived at the time had a trade in policy on the shims, so it cost you next to nothing to replace them if you had to. I doubt anyone else does this. Then again the actual cost of the shims shouldn't be too bad, though I never did see what the actual price was.
Timing belts are important. If one breaks, you can lunch your engine fast. For the monsters and ss's they are only like $50/pair. And as I recall, the interval is like 10,000 miles, so that is cheap insurance.
Hope you enjoy your new ride!
I'll never get over Macho Grande