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Old 02-15-2006, 12:48 PM
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So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

As I do all my own work on cars bikes and trucks and am a Machine repairman mechanic in my job I do all I can myself. I even make a lot of one off brackets mounts and stuff t customize my bike on the CNC or basic mills and lathes at work. That and I am basically cheap and untrusting of others to do as good of a job. My current 2004 KGT is fairly straight forward to work on. Wondering about the cost of ownership for the current generation can't do much at home with canbus and things of that ilk. My dealer is 150 miles round trip also so the inconvenience of leaving the bike and getting a ride makes even minor problems something I will do myself. anyhow here is a poll on it
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:49 PM
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Where is the one that says " I used to do it, but now I'm to old to worry with it" answer??? ..........Regards Pete
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:05 PM
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Re: So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

I've started mounting and balancing my tires in the last couple of years. A $150 outlay at the start, and I save nearly that much every tire I do. Plus I know that they're pretty well balanced. All thanks to the generous instruction of BWS.
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Old 02-15-2006, 03:30 PM
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Re: So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

I do as much as I can because the dealer is 180 miles away and money spent on the dealer doing maintenance on our bikes is money we can use to take trips. Even if money was no object I would still do the minor stuff so I stay familiar with the bike.
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I don't like the question poll response: "I DO
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Re: So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

I've spent 50 years collecting a rediculous number of tools; so now I have to use them and do it all.
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I've spent 50 years collecting a ridiculous number of tools; so now I have to use them and do it all.

Yep, love my tools. If I added what I paid for them new to my "net worth" I would go up enough to be able to vote in the $$$$ poll.

Just for shits and giggles, I think I'll start a thread "What's the last tool you purchased".
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Last tool you bought OR fabricated...
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Last tool you bought OR fabricated...

I've thought about a milling machine, but just don't have the room.
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Re: So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

I am going to start doing some minor stuff myself and need to buy a torque wrench. I have looked at some for twenty five bucks and some for over three hundred. Can someone recomend something good somewere in the middle. Preferably click type or even digital ? Pete.
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:56 AM
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I am going to start doing some minor stuff myself and need to buy a torque wrench. I have looked at some for twenty five bucks and some for over three hundred. Can someone recomend something good somewere in the middle. Preferably click type or even digital ? Pete.

The click type has to be constantly recalibrated, as I expect the digital does also. For the amount of use you're gonna get out of it, go with the plain jane solid steel models. They never need recalibrating and they're close enough for country work.
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Re: So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

Rob thanks for the reply. I know you are probably right, especialy for the couple of times a year that I would need it. It is always tempting to get the fancy job but for me would be an extravagant tool to have sitting arround.The less expensive one would leave me more to spend on other goodies. Pete
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Re: So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

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Rob thanks for the reply. I know you are probably right, especialy for the couple of times a year that I would need it. It is always tempting to get the fancy job but for me would be an extravagant tool to have sitting arround.The less expensive one would leave me more to spend on other goodies. Pete

Don't forget the ones that mount on your square drive between the wrench head and the socket....they are digital with alarms and are not all that expensive. Check this....

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=TOOL&pid=00944599000& tab=des#tabs

BTW, accuracy is less important than precision.
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Re: So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

I have always been a do it all myself guy.
So I buy this BMW and then I think "hey it's a BMW"
(complete with angelic music from the sky) and I take the bike in
for the 12K service. Now, I read the darned manual and I
know what they are going to do, I know that I can do the same
stuff, and I have a good idea that I can do it over the weekend.
But, it's a BMW so I take it in.
Then I get the $700+ bill.
I have a bike lift on order. I am getting all the special tools.
I doubt it will go back.

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Mine never went back after the warranty was up, although the dealer was excellent.
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Well, you won't need the lift unless you are alot older than Rick, and what this wonderful Kbike eats: is tires. Save your money for them. Don't buy special tools until you need them; you may not need as many as you think as you get to know the bike. I have had just about every part of this machine either hanging or leaning in my garage.
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I have always been a do it all myself guy.
So I buy this BMW and then I think "hey it's a BMW"
(complete with angelic music from the sky) and I take the bike in
for the 12K service. Now, I read the darned manual and I
know what they are going to do, I know that I can do the same
stuff, and I have a good idea that I can do it over the weekend.
But, it's a BMW so I take it in.
Then I get the $700+ bill.
I have a bike lift on order. I am getting all the special tools.
I doubt it will go back.


BMWs are notoriously easy to wrench....especially the boxer. A lift?....I'm green with envy.
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I took my new 1972 CB750 in for its 600 mile service, made it about 10 miles from the Honda shop before the chain came off and locked rear wheel in 5 PM city traffic. The chain tensioners locknuts and axle were left loose.

I've never taken a motorcycle in for service since that day.......
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I hate to trust others on my bike. I know that if I do it, it's done right.
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So, when/where is the next tech day in my nack of the woods? The only thing I've done so far is change the oil, and that's easy.

Just got a new shed (and it's all MINE ), looking at the Harbor Freight tire changer w/mc adapter and will do my own tires next time - a little concerned about taking the rear one off and putting back on - but know a good place to ask questions and get good anwsers .

I would love to see a brake bleed done. Think other fluid changes won't be a problem .

Went to Max's for valve adjustment tech day - won't be doing that on this bike; seemed to intimidating (boxer is a lot easier as seen at a tech day along with TBS at individual's house).

Would much rather learn to do my own maintenance and use the money saved for gas/trips
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So, when/where is the next tech day in my nack of the woods? The only thing I've done so far is change the oil, and that's easy.

Just got a new shed (and it's all MINE ), looking at the Harbor Freight tire changer w/mc adapter and will do my own tires next time - a little concerned about taking the rear one off and putting back on - but know a good place to ask questions and get good anwsers .

I would love to see a brake bleed done. Think other fluid changes won't be a problem .

Went to Max's for valve adjustment tech day - won't be doing that on this bike; seemed to intimidating (boxer is a lot easier as seen at a tech day along with TBS at individual's house).

Would much rather learn to do my own maintenance and use the money saved for gas/trips

Hey Lamour, You can use my tire changer, no use paying $130.00 (after shipping).
I even have "spoons", and my buddy has got the "Marc Parnes" balancer. I am sure for a (good) case of ale we can help you out. Nothing to taking rear wheel off, piece of cake. Of course, you need a good torque wrench.
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So, when/where is the next tech day in my nack of the woods? The only thing I've done so far is change the oil, and that's easy.

Just got a new shed (and it's all MINE ), looking at the Harbor Freight tire changer w/mc adapter and will do my own tires next time - a little concerned about taking the rear one off and putting back on - but know a good place to ask questions and get good anwsers .

I would love to see a brake bleed done. Think other fluid changes won't be a problem .

Went to Max's for valve adjustment tech day - won't be doing that on this bike; seemed to intimidating (boxer is a lot easier as seen at a tech day along with TBS at individual's house).

Would much rather learn to do my own maintenance and use the money saved for gas/trips

Brake bleeding is as simple as an oil change. What model? I can walk you through it. As for oil changes, remember to pre-fill your new filter with fresh oil before installing it.....keeps the oil starvation at first start to a minimum. Wait 'til you tackle a spline lube....now, that's fun!!
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Dennis,

Thank you for the offer (PM'd you). Before oil change was started went to the PiratesK12 site and printed out info - prefill oil filter tip was noted and done. Also went to gunsmoke site which has some helpful info with regards to taking the fairing, cowl, turnsignal, etc. off.

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I would love to see a brake bleed done

Could happen that there will be a break bleed here. If I can find some time. Jean, our Canadian friend has offered to come down and teach me.


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Yes...I do all my own work on the house, the BMW, the lawn mower, the plumbing, the roof, the.....you get the idea.

I am currently installing a pay toilet on my BMW GS....now, there's a challenge........
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I do tires,oil&filter,air filter, rearend & trans and some of the simple stuff.
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I try to do as much as I can. I've done oil changes & brakes. replaced the rear main seal & changed the final drive oil. also put in a new Gel battery.

I'll do more now that I have a manual & found this site.

It's fun trying to keep the BMW running while trying to maintane 2 Mx/off-road racers & building a third.
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I really enjoy working on my motorcycles. Having a few in the garage probably makes this a financial imperative though I have never really thought about it in those terms. I happen to find the process enjoyable and am confindent enough ( arrogant enough??) to be sure there is nothing I can't handle mechanically. When I am done working on one of my bikes, I am certain that all the fasteners are torqued properly and no short cuts have been taken.....perhaps that extra degree of control is helpful when the bike is 'working' close to it's limits...
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I enjoy doing my own and its done right.

Couple of us get together and have a great time.
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I enjoy doing my own and its done right.
Exactly. A large part of the experience of riding a mtorcycle, is the feeling having a machine that feels like it is part of you, and does your bidding almost without you thinking.

An extension of all this, is working on and maintaining the machine yourself and knowing it inside out ...a sort of Zen-like relationship. This is what motorcycling is all about.
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I do all my own work, but as time goes on there are other things I'll want to do with my time and life is always a trade off of fun level and time available to do what you most enjoy with the mix always changing. Breakdowns, repairs and maintenance get in the way of having fun. Getting others to do the work means you often can't afford to do something else.

When I apply the same approach to my car, it costs me very little time and money for lots of trouble free miles (but not much fun). New bike prices start at a high premium but don't always seem to deliver on reliability and cost of ownership. It's strange that a high starting price brand seems to remain high when you own it.
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As I do all my own work on cars bikes and trucks .....
I do all I can, but leave some of the more tedious work to the dealer. Our S is in for its 12k service at 25k; valve check. Since the radiators need to be pulled to do this I'm letting the dealer do the work. My only concern is wondering what they will screw up? And will the bike run as well with a tune up as it did before they touched it?

BTW, my dealer has zero knowledge of teh timing chain tensioner update. I'm having to tell them what it is, how it works, and what the part number is.
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I gather you will have the tensioner installed Tim.. pls let us know 'how it feels/sounds'... If they dont screw up your 'tuning'

Be sure that is my nightmare too, seeing those 'so called mechanics' with sagging throusers, young boys hardly finished from highschool... with a coke or whatever in one hand and the finger on the other hand 'you-know-where'.. Good grief!!

At those places we pay dearly to have Our Steeds mended in the finest way able... Actually it is nice not to be allowed inside the shop.. could have make a havoc

But I think those 'mech-boys' look at us 'oldies' as a derative from the times dinosaures wandered the earth, wondering 'why the hell do that squirk ride a bike'...

Good Luck Tim..
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Sorry if I've said this already, but...

...beyond saving money, doing my own work can help in another way as well.

Just looking at things closely and some modicum of cleaning can pay dividends down the road.

If I have the fuel tank off for the filter change, I'll grab a can of Pledge and a rag and just generally clean up the newly exposed areas of the fuel tank, frame, airbox, electronics, etc. Just that hands-on cleaning can reveal lots of little things: chafing, leaking, looseness, etc. that can be dealt with before they become real problems, often by the side of the road.

If you trade your bike in after 5 or 6 years, it probably doesn't make a huge difference. But I like to keep things for the long haul, and just keeping things clean, lubed and tidy helps a lot. Take the tank off of K RAPIDO (about 10 years old) and much of it looks like a new bike under there. The typical shop mechanic will NOT take the time to do anything beyond the job at hand.

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My dealers are 100 miles in either direction, so I do what I can. I also like to save money. Plus I know it is done right, I think.
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This is a timely thread for me since I just bought a K1200RS. It's a 2001 with 14k miles and I have a printout of the 12k service that they did at the shop, but there aren't many details and I have limited knowledge of the bike's service history other than that. (I know, sort of a crap shoot). I'm a do-it-yourself guy on pretty much everything but, with this bike, I know jack shit. I just bought it. Mid-life thing, I guess. Been lurking on this site for a couple of weeks and some of the things I'm reading sound a bit daunting. Things like 'remove the gas tank to change the fuel filter.' Sounds like a lot of work to change a fuel filter, but from what I am reading, maintaining one of these is not for the faint of heart. Not sure if it is worth another thread, so I'll throw it out here...what would you check if you were me now that I have alredy taken the plunge?
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I would do everything and start doing it before you put miles on it.

Did you get any history ( service tickets ) How old is the battery? Drain the oil & filter, rearend and trans, if the tires have not been changed, do that as well.

Change the brake and clutch fluid.( every year ) Change the anti-freeze ( every two years )

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Thanks James,

I don't have a service manual for this beast. Should I get one or is all the info I need on this site?

How old is the battery? - no idea. I can get a new one easy enough and change it out. (That *can't* be that hard) It turns it over right now, but without knowing what it would sound like with a brand new one, I have no baseline to go by. On that note, I keep reading about a "battery tender" but have never heard of one. What is that? Another name for battery charger?

I do have the 12k service ticket from last March (it has 14k miles on it now) but that is all I have and the ticket doesn't detail what was done on it, so there's no way to be 100% sure what was done. I'm going to call the shop where this was done (150 miles away) and see if they can give me some more details. I know to be safe I should do all those things. Now it is a matter of digging in and figuring out how to do all that stuff. Guess it's a good time of year to do it anyway.
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I am new to BMW, so will see how much I'll be able to do myself.... but I am willing to learn.
On the previous bike I let the dealer do couple first repairs.... I didn't like the experience, so I started doing research on the forums and looked in repair manual.... since then I did everything myself!
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So many things to concider...
As long as my bike is within the warranty period I would let my dealer fix it.
Unless its a minor "thing"

After warranty period is out, I will try to do as much as I can.

Not to save money, but simply as R&R
Working on computers all day long is really brings the need for some dirty gritty work out in me, and the garage is a wounderfoul place to be sometimes
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So far I have been able to do everything. I asked a friend of mine, what makes you a true motorcycle rider? I feel it is important, at least for me, that I work on my own bike. Just brings me that much more into the sport.
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Re: So do ya work on em or pay others to do it.

Someone may have said this, but where's the " I do it myself because I can't afford to pay someone to do it."?
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We do it all ourselves. Tires, finaldrives, forkseals, farkles.You name it, long winters and poor economy leads to a "can do attitude"! Take your time, pay close attention. Clymers manual is a must and the Service manual CD. Also,having a very "sharp" RT riding buddy helps! Never regret learning something new!
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I have the CD owners manual, a complete tool collection, years of mechanical experience. I have rebuilt engines, I have built homes, restored cars, minor welding, custom cabinetry. my hands reflect 47 years of self sufficiency. I am so pumped up to some day......change the oil. where is the battery? I got the seat off.
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I do all the repairs and maintenance to My Bike.

This my come a a big surprise and I think we need a poll to see how many else do.
I do my own riding. Yes it's true I am the rider. I don't pay anyone to ride my bike.
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I do all I can, but leave some of the more tedious work to the dealer. Our S is in for its 12k service at 25k; valve check. Since the radiators need to be pulled to do this I'm letting the dealer do the work. My only concern is wondering what they will screw up? And will the bike run as well with a tune up as it did before they touched it?

BTW, my dealer has zero knowledge of teh timing chain tensioner update. I'm having to tell them what it is, how it works, and what the part number is.
11 31 7 717 287.

I recently purchased my 2006 K 1200 R, and I notice chain noise for about one full second almost everytime i start the bike, do all of these do this or am i going to have to get in to the dealer and get the update. What is the update? My bike is under factory warranty until sept. of 09. Thanks, John
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I have changed the clutch, twice, on my k100RS. That entails tearing apart essentially the whole back end of the bike. Now I live in an apartment so I have to have a dealer do it for me. Bits and Pieces, becoming CoastRiders, does a great job. My bike has 218,000 miles on it and needs a lot of care. Just last week I found the front disk locks were coming apart. I posted a picture in the "Other Bikes" forum, it's scarey. New ones are ordered and I will install the them myself as soon as they come in.
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There it is:- I do it myself because I can't afford to get someone else to do it.
-I do it myself because I live a long way from any BMW shop.
-I do it myself because I do not trust the BMW Techs....they have done some terrible things to me and my bikes in past years.
-I do it myself because I take the time to clean up after.
-I do it myself because my Grandfather teached me the basics and I have nearly 40 years of motorcycle maintenance experience.
-I do it myself because if I am stuck on the side of the road somewhere (Or someone else is) I will know what I am looking at.
I do however have a good shop(Not a dealer) where I can go to for any problem beyond my competences, only thing it is 400 miles away....!
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I agree that doing as much as you feel comfortable with is a great thing in the maintenance department. If you are moving towards changing your own tires, a no mar tire machine or a coats 220 machine is great. You can use other stuff too! I do have a way to support your efforts and save you money. I have a rear wheel adaptor device to hold the wheel while you check the balance on a spin balance machine. The BMW one is way to expensive. Mine are 35 bucks and will fit, GS, RT and other 5 bolt wheels of the like. It is a bolt on to the wheel using your lug bolts. Takes a couple of seconds. beech The disk on the left is for newer bikes, the puck on the right is for pre 05' bikes (20 bucks). I have difficulty using the No Mar tire bar, but I need more practice with it. I use the Coats bar mainly. Tire changing parties are great to save money. Get one one friend in the group to hold onto the machinery and everyone chip in to buy what you need. Same with the tools needed to do the radiator removal on the new slant K. Save a bundle just on a plug change. beech
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I do it just about all myself, I am one of those awkward people that must be like that, its why I could never have anything new, I would only void the warranty by fettling it, I just do not feel happy using anything that I have not had in pieces with my own hands, I am one of those guys you might like to have along on your big trip though, away from mobile phone coverage and BMW assist my knowledge and toolkit can come in handy, It does tend to dictate older model vehicles though, it has taken me a couple of years to "learn" my GS to the point where I am happy. I dont even know where my nearest dealer is.

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I ordered a service manual for review and evaluation as to what I can do. I am able to follow directions if they are clear enough and have good tools.

I trust my skills for the simple to medium difficulty tasks.
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I live just south of Washington DC, so I'm pretty lucky to have 3 dealers within reach. One, however, you couldn't get me into with a crowbar, and the other 2 are just hard to get to whenever traffic's an issue - and traffic's ALWAYS an issue.

We have a new independent mechanic not far outside the Beltway, and I predict he's going to get a lot of business in the next year - his shop is called Beemers Uber Alles. I took my new-to-me K12RS out to him for a full fluid flush & once-over.

As with my GS, I'll be doing as much as I can on my own from here out though. Anything I don't think I can handle without supervision, I can usually get help from the local BMW club; anything I don't think I can do myself, I can go to BUA now!

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I am now armed with the book so I will be doing it all from now on. No more 400 dollar fork seal bills from the dealer. But if I have to, I will take it to the Bavarian Motorcycle Repair Shop in Salt Lake City. Independent shops that know what they are doing is far better than a dealership ripoff. An old mechanic said to me once, "Don't let a BMW intimidate you, it bolts together and unbolts just like any other machine, just better"
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Last time I had a BMW dealer work on my bike, They "forgot" to put oil in the final drive.
A rookie mistake I was paying $98.00 an hour(shop rate) for.
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I still do my own service, takes me a little longer
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I like to know how stuff works. I do what I can and the Dealer does what is outside my scope. Under warranty still so dealer does all for now.
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I like getting my hands on the bike for the simple reason of when your on the road you have to rely on yourself. Having said that, I need to invest in a wrench catching device for my garage. For some reason they keep flying out of my hand across the garage, weird.
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I checked a lot of boxes. The dealer is 3 miles away, I bring the GT in annually. Use a private mechanic for the K75 (he didn't want to deal w/the GT).
And I have a book for each bike and do what I can. A little more each year.
It takes a long time for me to do stuff, cause I take pictures of it all.





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I work on my bike because I must...

I must do the work so it's reliable and ...

So I know exactly what has been done and done right...

I love the machinery and understanding it all, if I can...

This is the most wonderful bike I have had ....

and part of that is the freedom to spend as much time and effort as I want with it...

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