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Yesterday gordonmessmer and I changed the air filter, oil and oil filter on my bike. Today a coworker came over and helped me on the rather trickyoverhead valve adjustment and throttle body sync. The bike runs like a dream now. I don't think that it's ever been that smooth. The throttle response is clean too. The best part? I saved over $400 doing the work myself (with help, thanks guys!)

In the end it took a while, but the work itself wasn't that hard to do. I think that I'll do my own work as much as I can from now on. It's such a huge savings and I end up knowing more about how the bike runs so I can keep it running better.

Now if only the factory manual didn't suck quite so much :P


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May. 29th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'd love to learn how to do basic stuff on my car.
Jun. 8th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
Oil changes and minor tune-ups are pretty easy and don't require a lot of tools. Chilton makes a series of manuals on how to do everything on your car from a basic tune-up to a full engine rebuild.

I wonder if there are any amateur auto shop classes around. There are some places (not sure about around here) that you can rent out a bay in a shop for a few hours to do your own work.
Jun. 9th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Puget Sound Safety has a MC maintenance course. I took their Dirt course and found it really worthwhile, it's MSF sponsored like the Basic Rider course.

I wonder if any of the Automotive courses at the community / vocational colleges have an amateur appeal. I took a shop class in high school that went over automotive basics that was spurned from our vocational program.
May. 29th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
you need a Clymer manual for your bike.
Jun. 8th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
So I do... My dad always had the Chilton manuals for his cars... this looks like what I need for the bike. Thanks for the tip!
May. 31st, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
when my first road bike, a 750 Yamaha triple, was ailing, I decided to rebuild it myself. The manual I had to use was English and it took a while to figure out things like "tickover" = "idle speed" and that some of the tools needed (like for holding the spring down while adjusting valves0, but in the end, I learned more about how an engine works and what makes it run better. I also learned how poorly the engine and motorcycle were designed. The cylinders weren't parallel and when I had them bored out to make the walls smooth, it had to be done three times till they were parallel and could be bored evenly... (three sizes up on the new pistons too)

When it was all done, I took it out on the road and it lifted the front wheel in two gears-something it had not done beforehand and not a good thing for a full-dress touring bike. I immediately sold the bike to someone who wanted that performance and he ended up detuning it (to cut down the exhaust noise)... My Wings--I couldn't do anything on them... and the one that sits in the garage lurking will have to have someone else work on it... otherwise I'll end up driving it again and since I can't keep my wrist from rolling on... I'll lose my license for speeding or worse...

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