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Minneaspolis/ St. Paul shops and mechanics

Hi All,

I just posted this thread in the General Discussion area about maybe needing a tune-up:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...185#post227185

I'm just north of downtown Mpls a few miles, Hitching Post Fridley is my closest shop, and Heinen's in Osseo in #2 in distance from home, and about 2 miles from work.

Anyone have any advice on shops (dealers or independents) or specific mechanics I should call for keeping my baby healthy? Advice on who to stay away from (you can tell me that in a private message if you'd rather not be public about it).

Or, any thoughts about my other message and thinking I might need a tune-up?

Thanks!

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-14-2008, 10:56 PM
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I've heard very good things about Larsons Cycle in Cambridge. I'll be taking mine in for the 600 mile check in a week or two. I know their prices are good. I have a couple of friends who have Suzuki's (not Stroms) and they say very positive things about their service dept.

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No one cares more about YOUR bike that YOU do. That's why I do all of my own work. The manufacturers could keep their warranty, just supply me with replacement parts.

No one will do a better job working on your bike than you will. There is also the element of personal gratification.

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No one cares more about YOUR bike that YOU do. That's why I do all of my own work. The manufacturers could keep their warranty, just supply me with replacement parts.

No one will do a better job working on your bike than you will. There is also the element of personal gratification.
I would tend to agree with you in full. But, in this instance, outside of oil changes and chain maintenance, I have neither the knowledge nor the equipment, or much of the mechanical aptitude/bravery to do extensive work myself. Valve check? Uh-uh. Throttle position sensor and throttle body balance? No can do. I wish, but I'm realistic in my capabilities.

I wish there was a class nearby I could take. A weekend class, "How to perform scheduled maintenance work on your VStrom."

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I've heard very good things about Larsons Cycle in Cambridge. I'll be taking mine in for the 600 mile check in a week or two. I know their prices are good. I have a couple of friends who have Suzuki's (not Stroms) and they say very positive things about their service dept.
Cambridge, eh? Hmmm. That's only 25-30 miles up the road from me. Half way to Mora where I used to take my Moto Guzzi.

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Hi All,

I just posted this thread in the General Discussion area about maybe needing a tune-up:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...185#post227185

I'm just north of downtown Mpls a few miles, Hitching Post Fridley is my closest shop, and Heinen's in Osseo in #2 in distance from home, and about 2 miles from work.

Anyone have any advice on shops (dealers or independents) or specific mechanics I should call for keeping my baby healthy? Advice on who to stay away from (you can tell me that in a private message if you'd rather not be public about it).

Or, any thoughts about my other message and thinking I might need a tune-up?

Thanks!
Cities Edge Sports in Shakopee is where I bot my Vstrom and also have work done on it there. I'm in the same boat as you are regarding maintenance. It's something that I think would be nice to know, but I'd rather spend my time billing out clients at $300 an hour and trading stocks(my hobby) than tinkering with the cycle. It would be nice to have the knowledge in a breakdown in the middle of nowhere, but hey, I can't know everything. The mechanic who know's the Vstroms at Cities Edge is named Nick. My Vstrom is there right now. They are installing new chain, sprockets, battery, a Centech fuseblock and relay and hooking up the zumo, driving lights, htd grips and htd vest wiring to the fuseblock. Their also putting on new Tourance tires. I'm doing an Alaska trip in T-minus 26 days. Also-Hitching Post in Hopkins has good mechanics. I've never had a problem with their work either.

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Also-Hitching Post in Hopkins has good mechanics. I've never had a problem with their work either.
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Thanks for the Hitching Post comment. I called the Fridley shop Saturday afternoon. The fellow in the service dept that answered the phone was actually the store general manager. I asked about the training of the mechanics, he said his shop has all kinds of paper hanging on the wall for all his techs for factory training on all the brands they sell. Naturally he is very confident in the abilities of his mechanics. I gotta take that at face value, because no matter what they know, it's more than what I know. So I booked an appointment for this upcoming week to do the 7500 mile check early at 6500. I can't recall all what will be done per the owner's manual, but if it's not otherwise included, I'm going to have them check/adjust the throttle position sensor and the throttle bodies, and whatever else the engine will want so it is able to sing it's pretty song in perfect tune.

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