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Posted on Sat, May 03, 2008 04:27

A dealer charges $100 for regular oil change. Between $300 to $400 for replacing a rear tire. Both tires would be over $500. These two are basic prep for the riding season. Now I understand why so many bikers sell their bike when they needs financial security or have a girlfriend or get married.


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Posted on Wed, May 07, 2008 09:48

Quoting: Originally posted by DynaThom See, in my case Demo, if I'm the only one to ever work on it - it's going to be out of commission for eternity.

yah, thats why i base my decision on the cost vs the down time.


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Posted on Tue, May 06, 2008 00:33

Quoting: Originally posted by KnuckleFan If you think basic maintenance is expensive try rebuilding them from the ground up. As for "no garage" I've rebuilt bikes in Apartment living rooms ,kitchens,and bedrooms. I know a guy who built an old Panhead in his second story Apartment it took 4 of us to get it down the stairs but it can be done. Basic maintenance can be done in any parking lot in the world and the good part is no clean up. I can only speak for myself but building and maintaining is a huge part of owning a motorcycle and enjoy it almost as much as riding. If you don't work on your own bikes your missing a huge part of this life style. I think every rider should know enough to keep what ever they ride on the road or don't own the damn thing.

I agree,I do a lot of whats needed on my sporty.Even"helped"rebuild it in the lounge.I realy enjoy every part of it,makes me feel good too!.But different strokes for different folks,just think you missing the greasy hands and broken nails.Ouw! BUT.. if you do take it to the shop youre keeping someone in employment,i suppose. As for me,I do what I can and if I cant I watch and learn how. "labour of love".


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Posted on Mon, May 05, 2008 20:24

Quoting: Originally posted by WGDave time to learn how to do your basic maintenance,money saved can go towards travel fund

I really love to go travel with someone. Not alone again.


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Posted on Mon, May 05, 2008 18:29

Quoting: Originally posted by demoman I had only had my softail evo about a month when i had to pull off the rocker boxes. seems the other idiot that owned it before i did put in the wrong gaskets and they shrunk. it was actually easy to do. the hard part was stressing about if i would screw it up and have the bike down a while. sure is a bit more challenging then a chevy valve cover, but working on the hot rods most my life made the basic idea easy to understand. There again, my biggest fear is the first time i try something, because i dont like to have the bike down any longer then needed. i weigh the cost to have it done by others,against the time ill have the bike down and un-useable.

See, in my case Demo, if I'm the only one to ever work on it - it's going to be out of commission for eternity.


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Posted on Mon, May 05, 2008 17:18

I had only had my softail evo about a month when i had to pull off the rocker boxes. seems the other idiot that owned it before i did put in the wrong gaskets and they shrunk. it was actually easy to do. the hard part was stressing about if i would screw it up and have the bike down a while. sure is a bit more challenging then a chevy valve cover, but working on the hot rods most my life made the basic idea easy to understand. There again, my biggest fear is the first time i try something, because i dont like to have the bike down any longer then needed. i weigh the cost to have it done by others,against the time ill have the bike down and un-useable.


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Posted on Mon, May 05, 2008 12:34

All God's Chillin' are dif-fernt, ya know? Some people are talented at mechanical stuff. Some are talented at music, painting, photography. Me? I'm talented at pissing people off. That talent pretty well soaks up what aptitude I might have had for mechanical stuff. The thing about mechanical work - the end result is that when the work is finished, I want my machine to start and run. As a general rule, if I work on it - it won't. I could say that I would retire if I didnt have to pay somebody to maintain my Harley. It's not true. I also have to pay somebody to install lift kits and stuff on my old Jeep - and a supercharger on the new one - and fix the plumbing, heating and air conditioning for my home. I work at maintaining my stuff - I just work in a different venue. And YP - I verily understand the need for a place to work to do mechanical maintenance. DT


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Posted on Mon, May 05, 2008 08:18

I did my own tire..its not that difficult..I wont wait for a dealer, they take way to long.or atleast pull the tire off yourself and have them mount it, saves alot


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Posted on Mon, May 05, 2008 07:54

If you think basic maintenance is expensive try rebuilding them from the ground up. As for "no garage" I've rebuilt bikes in Apartment living rooms ,kitchens,and bedrooms. I know a guy who built an old Panhead in his second story Apartment it took 4 of us to get it down the stairs but it can be done. Basic maintenance can be done in any parking lot in the world and the good part is no clean up. I can only speak for myself but building and maintaining is a huge part of owning a motorcycle and enjoy it almost as much as riding. If you don't work on your own bikes your missing a huge part of this life style. I think every rider should know enough to keep what ever they ride on the road or don't own the damn thing.


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Posted on Mon, May 05, 2008 06:52

Quoting: Originally posted by yellowpenguin I wish I have own garage. Damn it. I'm an auto technician. Didn't you know that?

Hey YP. Hi. Your profile says Technical/Science/Engineering.I didn't know you're an auto tech. Cool! BTW:Nice new pic and art work you've added to it. Yeah. I agree. It's difficult when you don't have a place to work on your bike. Well, like I said before,either way,wrenching it yourself,or sending it out for work, you care enough to keep your bike well maintained and safe for yourself and the ride. Maybe someday you'll have a place to do your own mechanical work on it. Keep on keeping on,and keep on smiling,YP! (o:


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Posted on Mon, May 05, 2008 00:05

Quoting: Originally posted by NightNurse A dealer charges $100 for regular oil change. Between $300 to $400 for replacing a rear tire. Both tires would be over $500. Be it wrenching your own,or sending it out for servicing,a well taken care of,and well maintained safe and dependable bike..... PRICELESS.

I wish I have own garage. Damn it. I'm an auto technician. Didn't you know that?


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Posted on Sun, May 04, 2008 08:35

Well YP, call me a chauvinist but in my world, that is why God invented men. And I thank Him for doing so. Dang, now I am horny thinking about all those men wrenching.


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Posted on Sun, May 04, 2008 06:58

A dealer charges $100 for regular oil change. Between $300 to $400 for replacing a rear tire. Both tires would be over $500. Be it wrenching your own,or sending it out for servicing,a well taken care of,and well maintained safe and dependable bike..... PRICELESS.


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