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Probably not the right forum, but over the past 2 weeks I took PRS's Maintenance 101 and Maintenance 201 (today). 101 is a here's what to do, 201 is hands on.

I can't say enough about how great the course was and how confidence inspiring doing something like this was. Recommended for any newbie or novice wrench turner like me...

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What did the class go into? Valve adjustment, throttle bodies, ???
Omg no. Most of us said "oh..." when he pointed and said "this is a tire...". Just so you have no illusions about our skill level. Hell I needed tech support from @richlandrick when installing his mirror risers.

Today I changed my oil (first time on any vehicle ever for me...), ditto the oil filter, lubed the clutch cable, found out what a bitch the Suzuki metal skid plate can be to remove and reinstall, adjusted the levers while discovering the setting switch for the brake levers, and properly (probably for the first time) lubed the chain. Then did the chain adjustment.

One of the gals in the class was super excited to check her air pressure for the first time... At least I wasn't that lame. Lol.

A real sense of accomplishment for a non mechanically inclined dope like me. And now I know how to do some basic stiff, and can save myself some money.

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Ommoran; Good going. It sounds like you learned a lot and your friend in class did too. I started working in gas stations when I was about 13. Those were the days when we did lubes, oil changes, minor repairs back then. Auto shop in high school and rebuilding engines and such a year later. School of many mistakes but my cars lived through it. I had a little Ducati when I was 14 and we modified the heck out of it and a friend's bike for about two years. That was over 50 years ago, so when I got my Vee it was a whole new experience with electronics, fuel injection, disk brakes and such. I felt like you likely did when you took the class. I was pretty lost. it's a slow process and you are off to a great start. If I can help, I'm just a couple hours down the I-5. And I have a friend that lives fairly near you that has a Vee too and he is the helpful type. You got a great bike and I'm sure you will love it. I've had mine for 9 years and still love it. Best to you.
 

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We all have to learn the basics somehow. Some out of necessity, some out of desire, some just for the challenge. Kudos friend!

You said you lubed the clutch cable. I don't think you are suppose to do that on these bikes. The cables are Teflon lined and doesn't need it. Lubing only attracts dirt. On these bikes you should only grease the cable end barrels where they connect to the controls.
 

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We all have to learn the basics somehow. Some out of necessity, some out of desire, some just for the challenge. Kudos friend!

You said you lubed the clutch cable. I don't think you are suppose to do that on these bikes. The cables are Teflon lined and doesn't need it. Lubing only attracts dirt. On these bikes you should only grease the cable end barrels where they connect to the controls.
I went with what the mechanic teaching the course said, especially since he has a V-Strom as well, of my vintage (Gen 1 Wee). It certainly has made a noticeable difference, so as long as it isn't eating the clutch cable, I'm ok with it. We did grease the cable end barrels as well, of course. (Like I would have known to do that without the course... not.)

For me it was both the desire and the challenge being so mechanically inept generally. I really enjoyed the course.
 

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Wish they had courses like this in Calgary.
Check with the riding schools, that's who offered this one. For a combined $300 or so including the oil and filter, the class was excellent and so worth the money.
 
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