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post #1 of 9 Old 09-22-2009, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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25k Maintainence Interval Questions (Vee)

I'm on an epic tour of the Lower 48 on my 02 Vee and plan a major maintainence check in VA when the Blue Beast turns 25k. I'd like a list of things to tell the mechanic to check so I don't go in and like the true noob that I am and say those words any mechanic would salivate over "do what needs done..."

"Problem" is she's running great... probably need new sprockets and might need a valve check, but I need her to get to LA via GA, so I want her to stay in tip top shape. Other than tire removal, chain maintainence and oil changes, I'm not comfortable working on her myself quite yet. Plus I have limited tools...

So a checklist of maintainence items would be good to have before I visit the mechanic.

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were the valves checked at 15k ? if they were, I'd wait till 30k before feeling it was necessary top check them

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Isn't there a checklist of scheduled maintenance stuff in the owner's manual? Maybe it's in the shop manual, tho - I know I saw one somewhere.

Honestly: if you're able to do oil changes, remove the tires, and adjust the chain, most of the stuff is "DIY-able." You don't really need to pay someone to lube your lever pivots and set your throttle cable free-play, do you? How about pulling the calipers to check the brakes - it's only two bolts?

Understanding that you're going to be on the road and assuming you don't tow a garage behind you, tho - 25k is just a milestone. That is, if you do your "25k maintenance" at 28k, I don't think the motorcycle gods are going to rain lightening on you and the bike isn't likely to just start flying apart. You say it's running great and apparently have already put a bunch of miles behind you. Tires, oil, and chain/ sprockets is all I'd worry about on the road.
I'm always a little leery after doing maintenance: if something is going to leak, shake loose, or otherwise not "take," seems more likely to happen after it's been fiddled with than just randomly. I'd rather have major maintenance done close to home.
 
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I'm on an epic tour of the Lower 48 on my 02 Vee and plan a major maintainence check in VA when the Blue Beast turns 25k. I'd like a list of things to tell the mechanic to check so I don't go in and like the true noob that I am and say those words any mechanic would salivate over "do what needs done..."

Thanks in advance - man I love this forum!

David from Anchorage (in IOWA for now)
When I took my '03 in for the 24K check, the local shop was baffled by what had to be done; then lied to me about doing it, and charged me $400+ for an oil change.
Now I go to a local guy, independent mechanic that is much more honest and resonable.
He also happens to be in VA, just outside Fredericksburg; PM me if you want more info.

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If you want to make your Pit Stop in Columbus Ohio, I can do everything you need done...we can work it out beforehand so I can have all the parts ready for you...and I won't charge you a dime.

There's nothing that needs done that I can't do.
And, there is a Dealer 5 miles away in case something "extra" come up.

Let me know if I can help you.

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I bought the bike at 16k and I'm pretty sure the dude I bought it from didn't get the valve clearance checked... maybe he did, but I didn't see any paperwork. I did notice the engine sounds a touch rougher at idle than when I started the trip, and it may be idling a little slow because it cuts out on very rare occasions if I have the clutch in coasting to a stop sign (its actually only done it twice). When I got a new tire in SLC the rear sprocket is looking a little thin, so that will definitely need changing - I assume that when that is changed, the chain and the front sprockets need to be changed too? What about the transmission/gear oil?

Thanks for the replies - All I know is (barring user error) I need this bike to carry me to VA, NY, GA, and finally Los Angeles. So I'm willing to spend $500 to help ensure that happens. But perhaps the old adage IF IT AIN"T BROKE DON'T FIX IT should apply here... ROLL THEM DICE>

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I responded to your PM, and am willing to help in any way possible.

Obviously, your biggest charge at a Dealership is going to be to check/adjust the valves...but if you don't want to do that...a new chain, sprockets, air filter, oil change with oil filter change, check and adjust Idle, Throttle Bodies, check Throttle Position Sensor, check Coolant(change w/ Valve Adjustment), if you're doing Valves...do Plugs...you're right there, and it only takes a few minutes to change all of your front and rear brake and clutch fluid.

That...besides tires...should be all that could possibly need done...so long as everything is working fine now.

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Oh, and there is no Transmission/Gear Oil.
The Engine Oil provides the lubrication for those areas.

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I responded to your PM, and am willing to help in any way possible.

Obviously, your biggest charge at a Dealership is going to be to check/adjust the valves...but if you don't want to do that...a new chain, sprockets, air filter, oil change with oil filter change, check and adjust Idle, Throttle Bodies, check Throttle Position Sensor, check Coolant(change w/ Valve Adjustment), if you're doing Valves...do Plugs...you're right there, and it only takes a few minutes to change all of your front and rear brake and clutch fluid.

That...besides tires...should be all that could possibly need done...so long as everything is working fine now.

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