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post #1 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Mechanic class

Hi, any of you guys in Seattle know of a local bike mechanic class? I'm looking to change air filter, maybe chain and sprockets in the near future. Brake inspection or pad replacement and anything else that a rider should know how to do on their own bike should the need arise.

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post #2 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 11:54 AM
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Get the repair manual for your bike,they walk you thru those procedures pretty well.If you have mech ability it should be no problem.

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post #3 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 01:02 PM
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I agree with LoneStrom, buy the official repair manual . The manual may be expensive ($145.00 Canadian) but is worth it. Even if you took a repair class it doesn`t mean that the course will address the Strom per se. For example my klr 650 has over the bucket shims while my vee (2009) has under the bucket shims. You want to adjust the valves, read up on this site and the VSRI site and read the manual. Fairly easy to do.

Your problem may be in having the proper tools. It is wise to invest in a 3/8 in `quality`torque wrench. Patience is required.

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post #4 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 01:09 PM
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Check with your local community college. I see offerings in my area for basic motorcycle wrenching skills. You could also offer to watch/help a fellow rider.
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post #5 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 01:23 PM
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youtube is better than a class. You can see overview vids as well as detailed task vids. Basic wrenching isn't that hard, especially if you have ever worked on any type of vehicle.

Current: '12 Dl650, '06 ST1300, '89 Transalp, '84 XL350R, '07 TRX350TM,
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post #6 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 03:55 PM
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As a point of reference, groups like the Air Heads, BMW guys, have repair days when they get together and help each other with what ever is wrong. A fellow 800ST owner and I got together for a brake juice replacement at my garage. He has the 911 and we could cycle the ABS pump to make a proper job.
You could try hosting an event and see if you get a turn out and learn some stuff.
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post #7 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 04:24 PM
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The repair manual tells what to do, but often not how to do it.

Noolis, consider sponsoring a pizza & repair party at your place (or another's place, but you host). Invite stromtroopers to bring tools, bring their bikes that need work, and invite someone who'll show you how to do your jobs. People share tools, share labor, share knowledge, and share the lunch you provide.

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post #8 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 04:57 PM
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Invent a time machine and travel to the Chicago area around 1980. I used to conduct motorcycle mechanics adult education courses at Triton College and Northeastern Illinois University.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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post #9 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 05:04 PM
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For non time travelers in the Seattle area :

'09 VEE
'09 ST1300P
'06 ST1300
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post #10 of 20 Old 09-01-2015, 05:55 PM
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We used to have wrench sessions in the spring and fall, did it for a few years in a row, then it stopped a couple of years ago when "things" got busier. Might have to see if we can get that guy to do it again sometime. However, I know he's out of town 4 of the next 8 weeks, so it will be tough to do anything before the end of October.


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