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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2017, 2:43 pm Thread Starter
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Do you do your own servicing?

Hi guys,
I've been riding bikes for a good while but it's been a long time since I really got my hands dirty with a bike. But I plan on keeping my Streetfighter 848 long-term so I'm going to get back into doing any and all work myself.
I was just wondering how many of you take the tools to your rides and have you had any big issues when doing so?

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2017, 2:44 pm
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I do all my own servicing except valve adjustments. Ducati NYC only charges $550 or something like that for valve adjustments only. The whole service is around $1800.

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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2017, 3:26 pm
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I'm on the same page as Trance. I only just got mine, but plan on performing all but the valve adjustments myself. If you take your time and do it correctly you'll probably grow a greater appreciation for the bike.

And it puts hair on your chest >:]
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I'm on a Superbike 848 (so not much different, especially engine-wise), and do all my own servicing, so far - that's 2 minor and 1 major service.

Valve adjustments are surprisingly easy, I thought. The 848 was my first liquid-cooled engine, and all my bike engines before that were pushrod-driven with hydraulic self-adjusting tappets (air-cooled Buells), so a bit of a learning curve for me with that.

Otherwise, the whole process was far less daunting that I was expecting.

If you are in any way mechanically inclined, and not scared to read up on a few dozen posts of being doing it, or watch as many youtube videos of people doing it as you can find, then I reckon it's a good way to save yourself some money.

I also trust my own work far more than a dealer or mechanic, but that's another story...

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I've been doing all my own maintaince and most all work on my bike for years.
I trust my work hard to trust a mechanic you don't know.
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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2017, 6:40 pm
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Since my stable has gown to 4, I started a while back, buying specific tools and equipment in order to support all the maintenance needs I would have. I think if a person has a reasonable amount of mechanical knowledge and ability, they should be able to handle most of the required tasks. For the price of a complete 4V service, one could equip their work space with all the tools/equipment needed. I highly recommend the purchase of a motorcycle lift in which to work from, this is worth its weight, I now have two of them. This may not be for everyone but I do enjoy my time in the shop.

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Have a Bevel Twin, and have done all my own work since new in 1974. Even painted it. Hate having "other people" work on my bike.
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I do my own work, but doing it has been progressive. I started riding in 1998, and the dealer did everything for me except oil changes. Once I got a Ducati, I had to learn as there was NO ONE that would work on it. Some called it a 'black art' others said they didn't have the tools. I'm glad that I learned though. I much more confident spinning the wrenches now, and I'm pretty confident regarding diagnosing. The Ducati has made me more confident with my other bikes too. I need to do a valve clearance check on my Aprilia Falco and my YZF600R is coming due too. Having done my 996, I look at those and think (using Jeremy Clarkson's voice) "How hard could it be?"

Get a Haynes manual. Watch tons of videos of the task at hand. Armed with that knowledge, you'll know if you have the tools handy and what complexities you're willing to accept doing on your own.

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I change the oil, filters and I inflate tires. And I always wash my bike. I am very good unscrewing something off the bike because I believe it makes it lighter.
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