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post #1 of 15 Old 05-05-2006, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Not working on your own bike??? Better pay attention!!!!

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i don't think i would say that this was a "problem for the zx 10r" but one more so for the owner or rider.....lol.....just another example of why you can't trust your life to a 19 year old kid that just completed the motorcycle repairman correspondence course.....that nut should be at least hand tight!!!! .....check your bike thoroughly if someone else has worked on it!!
As stated by the wise Pongo... I thought I'd start a thread for folks...

I've been racing, and I've needed a couple of things worked on on my bike that I cannot do, so I take it to the dealer that sponsors me.

NOthing against them, but everytime I've taken it there, somethigns been amiss when I get it back. Now, I know all the mechanics there, and I do trust that they are doing the best job that they can...But I am a bit dissapointed that they know Im risking my life on the thing as it is, and I still get it back and Im stuff isnt' "straight".

Now, if youre thinkin, well, I took it to them, cause I aint mechanically inclined. LISTEN UP!

If you take your bike in for say and oil change...when You get it back, let it run for a bit, and look down at your filter. is it leaking? Does it even look like a new filter? Is the oil level right in your sight glass?


Thats just one example, but you see how it doesn't take much sometimes to double check the work. Its gonna be YOU whos back tire gets covered in oil if that filter aint tight...etc.

So the point of this whole post:

***Just double check bolts and things that you know should be checked by your dealer...a manual goes a long way. If the dealers supposed to check chain tension for example, and youre not sure what it should be...post up a question on here. Yes thats simple, and YES you should know that if you ride a bike...and YES, you'll prolly get flamed for asking a simple question thats been asked SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE...BUT, if you cant find what youre lookin for in a SEARCH...its MUCH better to post the question, get flamed a bit, but get your answer!!!***

CHEERS! Ride safe dudes!




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post #2 of 15 Old 05-05-2006, 08:42 AM
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Very good words of advice.
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Good advice

What about someone posting how long each service should take, minor and major at a dealer?

If it should say take 3hrs and it is done in 1hr there maybe something missed out?

Best thing is to get to know your dealer and mechanics
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AMEN TO THAT!!!

I won't get into the epic saga that I went thru, but know that Hill is very much on point...

Trust NO.1 with your bike!!

If you can do it, DO IT.. if you can't WATCH.. if an establishment tells you that you can't watch them work on your vehicle because of "insurance reasons" then most times you can watch from just outside of the bay.. bottom line, if someone doesn't want you lookin at what their doin, chances are you need to get your vehicle/bike back and go else where...

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Damn....tis true....every time I took my bike to the "best tuner in Orange county"...it had to go back for some little thing that wasn't right....

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Very good advice, more of the same. They are not the ones riding your bike, you are. I know who I trust w/ my life, ME.
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I hate having to bring my bikes to someone for anythin g other than tire mounting. ..and then I'm considering a tire changer purchase!! ALWAYS, ALWAYS, go over the bike b4 throwing a leg over after a mech touches it!!!

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I work in a car dealership service dept, so I KNOW how stuff can be overlooked, forgotton, so on especially when it is not your own ride. For that reason the only thing I would take my bike to a bike dealer is for a recall, and I would check that too. Not that I'm knocking dealerships, it's just that I'd rather do it myself. As well as had shit happen after returning from a certain suzuki dealer in lex., KY
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As stated by the wise Pongo... I thought I'd start a thread for folks...

I've been racing, and I've needed a couple of things worked on on my bike that I cannot do, so I take it to the dealer that sponsors me.

NOthing against them, but everytime I've taken it there, somethigns been amiss when I get it back. Now, I know all the mechanics there, and I do trust that they are doing the best job that they can...But I am a bit dissapointed that they know Im risking my life on the thing as it is, and I still get it back and Im stuff isnt' "straight".

Now, if youre thinkin, well, I took it to them, cause I aint mechanically inclined. LISTEN UP!

If you take your bike in for say and oil change...when You get it back, let it run for a bit, and look down at your filter. is it leaking? Does it even look like a new filter? Is the oil level right in your sight glass?


Thats just one example, but you see how it doesn't take much sometimes to double check the work. Its gonna be YOU whos back tire gets covered in oil if that filter aint tight...etc.

So the point of this whole post:

***Just double check bolts and things that you know should be checked by your dealer...a manual goes a long way. If the dealers supposed to check chain tension for example, and youre not sure what it should be...post up a question on here. Yes thats simple, and YES you should know that if you ride a bike...and YES, you'll prolly get flamed for asking a simple question thats been asked SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE...BUT, if you cant find what youre lookin for in a SEARCH...its MUCH better to post the question, get flamed a bit, but get your answer!!!***

CHEERS! Ride safe dudes!
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when you take it in show them that there are no scratches or chips in the paint.i took mine in and had a scratch on my front fender and had them replace it. i walked a guy named jon around my bike and told him to point out any noticeable scratches or dent and told him thats how i want it when i get it back. well i picked my bike up with a huge scratch on the fender and they said it was there already. i told them to give jon a call . they replaced it for free.
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