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post #1 of 10 Old 02-14-2011, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys ,

Are you servicing your bike yourself or do you go to a dealer ??, mine has now over 16000 miles so I will soon order a set of shim to do the valve or may just consider paying a tech for it.

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-14-2011, 04:51 PM
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If you're doing your valve adjustment yourself, contact local dealerships and ask if they'll swap shims for nothing or a small fee. One local dealership charges $6 for a swap.

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That seems to be a great idea
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I guess no one service thier bike in Florida
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I guess no one service thier bike in Florida
I believe it is important to do your own service, at least as much as you can do with confidence. That way, when the inevitable breakdown occurs, perhaps in Round Mountain Nevada, you are familiar with some of the bike's parts, and with some of the procedures of disassembly and reassembly.

But I suspect that I could do a lot of expensive damage if I attempt repairs that are well beyond my skill level. So I let Suzuki of Sarasota adjust my valves and mount my tires.

Several Stromtroopers have given me guidance and helpful advice concerning ways to keep my Wee-Strom running well, and I recently had the opportunity to show another member how to take off the tupperware and the tank, and put them back on without harming anything. Perhaps I saved him some money, but the skills he gained are worth much more than dollars. That was the only way I could repay those who mentored me.

If you need a mechanic in or near Sarasota, try these people:
Suzuki of Sarasota

If perchance, you have a serious breakdown in Toronto Ontario,
Cyclewerx - Toronto's Most Convenient Motorcycle Mechanic Shop - Contact Us.
is a great place. As I understand it, the boss of this shop
does not sit in an office and issue orders. Instead, he gets
his hands dirty turning wrenches and mounting tires, etc.

But I know nothing about your part of Florida.
When you learn something helpful, please tell us.
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Hi Guys ,

Are you servicing your bike yourself or do you go to a dealer ??, mine has now over 16000 miles so I will soon order a set of shim to do the valve or may just consider paying a tech for it.

Funny you should ask! Read my tale of woe about getting my Vee serviced in SE FL. The title is "Aw Crap."

I do all my basic maintenance, but I know my limitations and don't mess with things I'm not comfortable with. The good news is that the Suzuki mechanic at Riva Motorsports is extremely good. His name is Onac, and you can request having him work on your bike. He was able to quickly straighten out a mess that another local shop made. I took the bike in barely running, it came out running like new. There's a service writer there named Bruno who pays attention and will give you a decent price.

It's not the cheapest place in town, but they have the Suzuki factory diagnostic tools, can get the parts quickly, and stand behind their work. They're at the corner of Sample and Dixie in Pompano.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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Thanks to all of you guys, I will give Riva a Go since I live right there , I appreciate others experience as it is not easy to pick a tech for your bike and by experience with other brand in my area (KTM ,BMW) it is better sometime to get a private tech or the name of a good dealer.

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had my V at Riva a few weeks ago and i'm not that impressed. they claim my plugs were fouled and needed replacement but couldn't give me my old plugs back. in my experience, that is BS and they probably had no need to replace them, especially since there was only 12,000 miles on the bike. other than that, they "cleaned" my airfilter, and left it looking like a 50 year old shag carpet--shredded; synched the TBS and checked the TPS. $352.00. Bike runs the same as it did before, which is to say all of their work did nothing.

so, i continue the search for a GOOD mechanic in the Miami area. it might just be like most other things in south florida...there are none
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Had some work done at cycle race tech in hallandale. they replaced my front brake lines, and front calipers with my supplied parts, including blair's 4 pot adapter plates. work was cleanly enough but i'm not super happy. they charged $371 which included front pads since i bought the wrong ones from motorcycle superstore. instead of re-using the hose mounts, they zip tied the new stainless cables to the fork tube on the right side and then to some wires for the piaa's i have mounted to the lower forks. i'll post some pics when i get around to it.

i asked how much they would charge to change tires and they quoted my $50 each! gonna give EXTREME CUSTOM SPORT BIKES in coconut creek a shot since they told me $60 for both.

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Ok so Extreme it is. the proprietor, Gary, is awesome. nice guy. fast and clean work. besides charging me $40 less than that "other" shop quoted me for swapping rubber, I asked him how much he would charge to do the clutch basket swap once i get around to buying the modified basket. I've been quoted 3+ hours labor and close to $500 for the whole shebang. Gary quoted me $90 for labor plus coolant and gaskets if I didn't bring my own.

Yeah, it's a bit of a ride for me since i live in miami. but i now have a new shop.

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