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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2002, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2002, 10:40 PM
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Yes, I do some, but not 100%

None of your choices fit my stituation. I do the work, but not valve adjustments (I don't have forty bazillion shims sitting in a box) and some other things that take too long to finish.

I can do all the electrical work and trouble shooting.

Most of the time, it is a time issue for me more than anything else. The shop can turn the job faster than I can.

I am restoring a car so I just can't spread myself out that thin by doing all the work on my bikes as well.


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-18-2003, 05:38 PM
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I'm a motorcycle Mechanic. I work on my bike, usally on my day off I will go to my shop and do my maintance. I use only OEM parts for my maintance.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 08:30 AM
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I had a buell and i just gave up working on the stupid thing, and took it to the dealer. Always do my own work on motocross bikes, havent had to do anything but maintenance on my zrx.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 04:25 PM
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My father owns an car business(fixing) so i do all my own work to anything i own... Valve adjustments might get a little hairy but i'll work my way through it.. I hate paying people for shit i can do for a lot less money. I know how those businesses work, cuz its exactly how my father's does..
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 06:08 PM
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I have done all maintenance to my own bike, except for breaking down the motor/tranny etc.... I do not see any reason to have anybody else do maintenance on my personal bike. I guess because I do not trust anybody else messing with the tension of my chain or making sure the brakes are air free and working fine, type of thing. I would rather do the job myself. It is not hard, and you know exactly what is being done and how it is done if you do it yourself. It could be a simple mistake; as not tightening the brake calipers on the front end to the right torque, this could kill you... If you let someone else do the job. I do trust my local Yamaha dealor and other dealers in town by far, but they charge way to much an hour to perform simple maintenenance. But anybody else who claims to work on bikes, not a chance. Anyway, my 2 cents on the thought. If any one out there that are near Houston, Texas, drop me an email. I'm trying to find more people to ride with.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2004, 09:58 AM
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It's a mix. I do some and I have professionals do some. There are some things I can't do or don't have the time to deal with.
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