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Re: Turning Wrenches time consuming
Turning wrenches and being "satisfied" that you've done your very best to live up to your own standards is VERY TIME CONSUMING. That's not a fault, it's something to be proud of.
I can speak from both sides of the wrench. I was in the technician field as a greenhorn back in the mid 90's. There was a senior Honda Certified Master Tech in the shop that used speed vs accuracy. He would work so fast to make or beat the ridiculous flat rate times pieces would break, nuts, bolts, screws, would be left over, and I never enjoyed watching him wrench. It showed also with his own bikes. Although mechanically sound, they were beat, and never seemed "cared for".
I was a horrible flat rate technician. I cared too much about my work, tripled checked stuff, used my torque wrench, read the manuals, and ALWAYS cleaned my dirty fingerprints off fairings, etc. I paid particular attention to the sport bikes I worked on. I even cleaned dirty rims, and the customers always commented on how great the bike looked afterwards (knowing they brought it in dirty). But, I never made a bonus, never beat the flat rate, and by the time I started to ramp up my speed I became the manager.
All that being said, take as long as you need to do even the most menial task on your own bike, the only thing you miss is time in the saddle. It's one thing I've hope to display for those here on the site, the fruits of well thought out, labor intensive love and consideration to working on your bike 👍🏻
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