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View Poll Results: Who Does Your Service
The Dealer Does It All 9 8.57%
I Do It All 54 51.43%
I Do Basics and The Dealer Does The Rest 42 40.00%
What's An Oil Change? 0 0%
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post #1 of 27 Old 07-19-2007, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Who Does Your Service?

When I bought my Vee, I purchased the stealer's pre-paid service package. Now that I am learning more about bike maintenance and upkeep, I think I may have been better off doing my own work.
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post #2 of 27 Old 07-19-2007, 09:10 PM
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So far, with 6000+ miles on my 06', I've taken care of all of the service work. Absolutely no reason to go to the dealer for something as simple as an oil change.
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Until I find a good motorcycle mechanic, I'll do it myself.

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I pretty much do it all. But I won't mess with valves. The are done so seldom, I figure it is not worth learning it because I would have forgotten it by the time it is due next.
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I can't afford not to pay the dealer, my time is worth too much and I get reimbursed for business miles that more than pays for maintenance

I count on my bike, with professional maintenance, I can drop my bike and pick ut up later in day , I've never had to leave my bike overnight except when I have left it at closing time to have a cold engine for valve inspection

the only work I do on my bike is install & maintain my accessories, I even pay the dealer to wash my bike

dealership loyalty has gained me a 15% or more discount on parts service & accessories, 30day terms, only the top mechanic works on my bike and most recently my 07 Vee for $7500 otd



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Until I find a good motorcycle mechanic, I'll do it myself.
that makes it sound like you would prefer not to do it yourself, how will you ever know if you have found a good mechanic if you never have a mechanic work on it ?



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I do the oil changes and basic maintenance myself and there's a guy at my workplace that used to be a mechanic so I get lots of good advice from him.

For tire changes, I'll take the wheel off and bring it in to the local Yamaha shop because they seem to be the most reliable and reasonably priced.

When it's time for more intricate work like the valve clearance check/adjustment I'll probably bring it in to the Suzuki dealer since they're most familiar with the bike.

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i dont have the time to do it myself. with my work schedule and family commitments, if i were to take on service requirements on both bike, i would never have time to ride. same thing pertains to washingwaxing...just cuts in to riding time.

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I do it myself. That way I know it's done right. Or at all, for that matter.:rolleyes:

Valve adjustments are easy. Wheel bearings are too. If it was an engine rebuild, I might have someone else do it.

If Paul Karo were closer to me, I'd let him work on it.

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I do almost all, I even spoon on my own tires. I did bring it in when the throttle body actuator went, because that was done under warranty. The valve clearance is due on my bike, I'm going to check it myself but probably bring it in if it needs adjusting.

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