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post #1 of 6 Old 09-20-2009, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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I need a Fairfax, VA area mechanic

Been riding down from Alaska and my DL1000 will turn over 25k about the time I hit my sisters house in Ashburn, VA next week. I think I'll need some major maintainence that I'm not equipped to do and was hoping to get a few recommendations for qualified and reasonable (not necessarily Suzuki) mechanics that I could check out between Manassas, Ashburn, and Fairfax.

I'm looking for mechanics you would be comfortable taking your own bike to - not necessarily the cheapest, but that wouldn't hurt either. So if you happen to know their shop rates, I'd love to hear about it.

Also, since this is my first major maintainence on any bike, I would love information on what exactly I should have the mechanic look into... so far the bike is running like a dream, but I'm sure it won't continue that way without some major stuff (valve adjustments??).



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David from Anchorage.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-21-2009, 08:24 AM
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Manassas - Manassas Honda (covers suzuki and kawasaki as well); Colgan powersports (Yamaha, but two of the guys there used to work at the manassas honda.)

Coleman powersports - Two locations; Falls Church and Woodbridge. both work on suzukis.

Falls Church may be the closest and best one to go to. Manassas honda would be my next suggestion.

What type of maintenance are you looking to have done?
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I would recommend Loudon Powersprts in Leesburg VA - good people and it's where I bought my Wee. Also they are *right* up the road from Ashburn VA, if my map is right they're about 6.5 miles from the heart of Ashburn.

Haven't done a lot of business with them but they turned my first service around very fast when I only hinted I'd like it done quickly.

Nothing against either Manassas Honda or Coleman Powersports... I bought my old Sabre at Manassas Honda and they are smaller which means they may not be able to handle a quick turnaround. And I work just up the road (in Merrifield VA) from Coleman Powersports and its a nice big dealer but they are inside the Washington DC beltway which means the traffic and getting to them, for an "out-of-towner", is harder than usual in my opinion and something I wouldn't want to put you through.

Call ahead and let ';em know you're coming and you should have no worries.
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I forgot about loudon powersports. I've been meaning to check them out. I think Stoopy is right about them being closer and the assessment is right on for manassas Honda and Coleman powersports.
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Thanks all for the responses - just made the long haul from Park City to Iowa City yesterday - the Blue Beast ran the 1165 miles marvelously despite 120 miles of snow in Wyoming, 45 mph crosswinds in Nebraska and torrential rain across eastern Iowa. Never doing an Iron Butt again!

When I get to VA I'll check Loudon out. By the way, would your recommendations change if turnaround was not a priority? I actually have to fly back to Alaska for ten days once I get there and was actually hoping they'd keep my bike while I'm gone.

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Oh, and as far as maintainence, I'm not exactly sure what needs to be done is the problem - the bike will have gone 6,000 miles since its last full service and will have clocked a total of 25,000 miles. I thought it was time for a valve check, got new shoes in Utah, and can do the small maintainence items myself... any suggestions would be great. Might have to start another thread on this.

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