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post #1 of 28 Old 01-05-2007, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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I notice it seems a lot of the riders in this forum do their own tire changing and general maintence on their bikes. Have most of you just learned by going for it or is it something someone else as sat down with you and walked you through it?

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I'm not your normal shade tree mechanic. I have a BA in Industrial Education, and used to teach Auto Tech for a number of years. The Corps taught me to fix helicopters.

Bikes are lighter, cleaner and easier than cars, and cheaper than aircraft.

My father was a mech, I have no brothers.

To a student: no,no,no...straighten then brake.
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Learned most of my skills from my dad, albeit it was working on cars. I just learned to apply some of that to bikes.
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Re: Skills

I have never touched a bike but am about to in like an hour.
going to follow the instructions of quick 26.
if anyone can read my thread of
repsol help please. and give me further advice on what they think it is ide be very thankful.
Wish me luck guys cuz im going in.
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Re: Skills

Have been a journeyman motrcycle technician for the better part of 15 years and have been wrenching bikes since I was 10 with my brothers......
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Re: Skills

Learned the basics from my dad, I also read alot and then just go for it.

One guy showed me tyre changing.
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Re: Skills

service manual
anyone that can read and knows the basic principle of righty tighty lefty loosey and is familiar with following written instructions can do anything
on these bikes. biggest thing is the speciality tools that are sometimes needed cost more than the dealer wants to just do the work for you
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Re: Skills

Service manuals help a lot. Also, having good quality, and the RIGHT tools is very important.

I am self-taught. I learned what I know mostly through the internet, and asking service techs from time to time. Some things I just have the dealer do even though I could do them myself...things like changing fork seals or wheel bearings.

It's really fun wrenching on your own bike, so have fun!

Just make sure that you tighten everything up to the correct torque spec before you ride again!
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Re: Skills

get a manual and dig in. Ive done a good deal to cars other than internal engine and transmission work I just get a manual and pay attention as to what you are doing. Ive had great success doing things myself when it comes to my bikes and cars.

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just make sure you read the entire procedure first to make sure that you have any and every tool necessary
nothing worse than getting half way into something to realize that you need to order a special tool to finish
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Re: Skills

My Dad taught me to change the oil in my car when I was 17. That made changing the oil in my motorcycle, when I finally got one, no big deal. The bike I started wrenching on the most was my 'Blade, after reading good info and instructions on this site, and purchasing the service manual. I won't do engine work/valve adjustments, but most other routine stuff isn't a problem. I haven't broken too much stuff yet!
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I'm not your normal shade tree mechanic. I have a BA in Industrial Education, and used to teach Auto Tech for a number of years. The Corps taught me to fix helicopters.

Bikes are lighter, cleaner and easier than cars, and cheaper than aircraft.

My father was a mech, I have no brothers.
yeah but helicopters are more fun!

I do my own repairs and maintenance on my bike and friends bikes if they ask for help. I've worked on every aspect of automotive mechanics for the past 20 years and am a machinist by trade. I started working on bikes in 2003. Much of what mechanics and electrical is about is knowing how to troubleshoot various problems. Sure anyone can take a voltage regulator off and install a new one... BUT do they know what the root cause was that damaged the voltage regulator in the first place? R&R is good if you have the ability, but acurately troubleshooting problems is near priceless.

But I see you asked about general maintenance, not mechanical/electrical repairs. Buy a manual like they said, specific to your bike and NOT a Cylmar manual because they generally suck. Get a factory manual if you can. A pair of front and rear stands is needed too - for things like changing wheels/tires, and ajusting chain slack. They also make cleaning the wheels an easier job. If you feel uneasy about doing some portion of the maintenance after reading the manual, then it's best not to do it imo.

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Re: Skills

Gotta agree with the fellas suggesting manuals. I never worked on anything before I owned a bike. I've mostly owned Hondas though, so I really haven't had to do much. I just bought a manual (Clymer, by the way) and started wrenching. Of course, that was when I was young and seemed to have oceans of time. I actually sent the bike of to the mechanic for its heli-bar installation because I just couldn't come up with the time to do it myself. Uuugh.
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Re: Skills

Yup: Time or money. Most people don't have both at the same time.

To a student: no,no,no...straighten then brake.
http://cbrider.com/
http://v4hondabbs.com/
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Re: Skills

Can I say "Do it Yourself". I learned fron reading reading and reading not to mension that i'm a cerified motorcycle tech and worked in an automobile shop for five years.
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