April 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm #4372TrialsRiderParticipant
…or is that an oxymoron ?
If you must use a shop to perform your service and maintenance, here are some suggestions you might consider;
1) make it unavoidably clear that you want ALL of your old parts back (other than the oil filter) …this makes it obvious what they did and did not do, confirms they are not charging you for parts that should be covered under warranty and gives you a nice stash of spares for when the bike is 23 years old and totally parts obsolete.
2) on Fuel Injected bikes they need to drain your fuel tank to change an in-tank fuel filter, so don’t fill up just before you take it to the shop. (the new Honda 250 has an external fuel filter …sweeeet!
3) if you don’t trust the wrench to inspect what they should, apply a tiny drop of nail polish on a few strategic screw heads and covers. If your seals are not broken, they cheated.
4) if you don’t want to be charged premium for parts you can source cheaper elsewhere, replace those items yourself just before you take it to the shop and make it clear what parts have been recently changed.
5) did you know; on some high performance motorcycle tires, there is a small yellow circle painted on the sidewall, that mark indicates the lightest point on the tire’s circumference during manufacture and it should be aligned with the valve stem.
6) clean your bike first and I don’t recommend power wash! …they do charge by the hour you know.April 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm #29513TrialsRiderParticipant
Not necessarily just Dealer service related, but if you ever wondered what brake fluid is and why you need to change it frequently here is a good read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brake_fluid
It convinced me to undertake a flush and fill of my Cota before the nationals next month and the Beemer before my riding season actually cranks up.
…it snowed this morning! Madjak, would you please stop sending the white stuff this wayApril 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm #29514madjak30Participant
It’s the Canadian way to share and give gifts…lol
If it’s any help we got about 5″ of the crap over the weekend…but it is warming and the roads are clear again…I am actually starting to see grass in my back yard!!! Woo Hoo!!
Good tips by the way…everyone should get their hands dirty every once in a while, even if it is only to change the oil and lube the chain…you feel more involved with the bike, more pride of ownership…IMO
Buy a manual and tackle some of the simpler tasks…they also give you a maintenance schedule…follow it…
Later.April 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm #29517Jeff in KentuckyParticipant
I have found that the Valvoline Synthetic DOT 4 brake fluid turns brown much slower than regular brake fluid.
Some people use a vacuum pump to make the bleeding easier, but this low budget method below works, and is easier with 2 people:
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