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Old 07-17-2012, 08:53 PM
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Default Brissie Newbie, bike mechanic recommendations?

Hello Strommers,
I just recently bought a '12 DL650, prior to that my baby was a Kawa ER-6n. I've got to say, I'm just so impressed with my new bike. Loving it.
Its had it's 1k service now at the dealership, like all my other services have been, but I'm wondering if anyone in Brisbane (North-ish around Mitchie, Keperra, Arana Hills, etc.) can recommend any motorbike mechanics that'll do servicing on the DL650.
I always think that dealership services are a bit impersonal and I get the impression they're overpriced for what they do and feel like I'm just a number to the service crew.
I'm on the look out for a local-ish bike mechanic that'll do good work for a reasonable price and will be genuine. As well as servicing, there's a few farkles I'm interested in, some of which would be beyond my capabilities, and I'd rather talk to a mechanic about them and get them to install, rather than getting a random dealership mechanic to do the bare minimum.
I saw that Wizard motorcycles seem to do this sort of thing, based in Mitchelton, has anyone had any dealings with him?
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:54 PM
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Hi,
I use Northside Motorcycle Workshop at Brendale, Simon the mechanic is very reasonable for mechanics and spares. I just had steering head bearings and fork oil changed, very happy with his service and price. I used to get my bike serviced while it was under warranty by bike shops, but now I have been doing the basic services myself (oil, oil filter etc), best to buy yourself a K&N air filter as you can clean / re-oil these. My 2006 VStrom has been a great bike, I have done 74,000kms and are only now having to change the original battery!

Hope all this helps,
Mike
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:13 AM
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Honez,

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:10 AM
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Thanks guys. I might check NMW out. Don's suggestion is a bit too far.
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Sorry for bump on this old thread, but I've gotta give a thumbs up to Mick's bike and car tyres in Brendale.
Took my Strom in for a service the other day and I came away very happy. I've now found my mechanic.
Great customer service, can't fault his work (albeit just the 6k minor) but he gave the bike a lot more of a thorough check over than I've come to expect a a dealership. Plenty of helpful advice and left me reassured my bike isn't just a job ticket and the next in line. I'm not too confident with electrics, so this was a bit of an exploratory visit to see whether I'd trust them with some electrical farkles, and I'll definitely be back to get them installed there, the next service and a new set of rubber when the time comes.
He even opened up early and gave me a pillion to the train station on the back of his bike. Lol. Like I said, he's got my business.
Just thought I'd pass it on, as I think independents like him deserve some support.
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Good to know for future reference... Thanks
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