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post #1 of 5 Old 05-04-2008, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Time for tune-up? Advice, please.

So at ~6300 miles ('07 650), I seem to be developing a bit of an overall vibration running through the bike in all the gears and traveling speeds (city and highway). And although it seems to start, run, and shut down just fine, I'm wondering if it might not be a bad idea to hand it over to a skilled wrench for a good dose of TLC. Throttle position sensor, throttle body balance, maybe the valves, etc.

(I was going to add that in the past I thought it was also offering a bit more pep in its step, but I did install the 16t sprocket first thing this spring before hitting the road.)

Heresy, you say, to use a shop? Well, I'd do it myself if it weren't for two important details. 1- I have no necessary equipment to tackle such a job. 2- I have none of the requisite skills to tackle such a job.

I don't know if I'm giving enough of the right info for everyone here to give me some sage advice, but I'd sure appreciate your thoughts, wisdom, and experience none-the-less!

I'd also like to hear of the Suzuki shops/mechanics in the Mpls/ St. Paul, MN area that would be recommended, or not recommended. If you prefer to keep that info non-public, please send me a private message. I'm just north of downtown Mpls, Hitching Post Fridley and Heinen's are my two closest shops.


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post #2 of 5 Old 05-04-2008, 09:42 PM
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I would recommend riding to Bozeman, MT and have Nate at the Bike Shack do the work...What a talented guy with a super work ethic and customer service that will blow your mind.....If a rider is every coming through here and needs some work done on the road he is your man.....
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-05-2008, 05:08 AM
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Was the onset of these problems gradual or sudden?

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-05-2008, 06:38 AM
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Vibration is probably the chain. Make sure it's clean, adjusted, and well lubricated. And you're right about the 16T feeling less peppy. You've lost a bit of torque. 6%?

Check and clean the bugs out of the air filter. Pull the plugs and see how they look. Beyond this is up to you. It's not hard to work on these bikes if you have a garage and modest ability to use a wrench. If you plan to do future maintenance, having the service manual is essential.

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-05-2008, 07:04 AM
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Check your chain

Stevet check your chain for proper adjustment. I also have an 07 Wee with 10K+ and just changed the spark plugs. Don't do this, your plugs are good. I don't know why they recommend doing this at 7500 but no one I've talked to about plug chain ever told me that they were bad, in fact just the opposite. Everyone I know keeps there old plugs for spares.

As far as dealers in your area, you could check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints are registered against them.

Even though I bought my bike used and from out of town, I made it a must do to introduce myself to the local dealer, especially the mechanic. Just by talking to them you can get a feel for what kind of person they are. And I certainly look into there shop to see how it is kept and what they are working on.

I can do certain thinks on my bike, just about everything except the valves and TBS sync.

This might be a good idea for Brendan and the guys to set up another area on the board for recommended dealers.

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