Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Motorcycle.Com General Discussion > Motorcycle Mods and Maintenance

Thread Tools
Old 05-26-2010, 10:26 AM   #1
Registered Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Posts: 124
Default 600 mile maintenance on my C50

OK, I'm already getting very close to the 600 mile mainentance (if I'm not careful, with Memorial Day weekend coming up, I may be a little over when I have it done next week- unless I go car camping this weekend and don't ride, which I may do just to stay under 600 miles).

Anyway, the dealer I bought from is about an hour away and I don't want to arrange a ride that far, and a closer dealer says it may take as long as 2-3 days (not to get an appointment, but for me to get it back once I drop off my bike). My car mechanic is a good guy, one of the best and most honest mechanics I've met. You know he is good- around here people take their classic cars and exotics to him (when I stopped by yesterday to ask if he will work on motorcycles he had a Ferrari there and I've seen everything from old Porche 356s to Rolls Royces there). Anyway, when I asked about working on bikes we got in quite the conversation- he has a Harley, and one of his hobbies is restoring, selling, and collecting old bikes (he had two old Triumphs, an old Suzuki and an old Honda there- as well as his everyday ride when he isn't driving his old BMW 5-series, a Harley, I think it was a Street Glide). So, he knows his way around a motorcycle.

Even though he isn't specifically a motorcycle mechanic, he knows and works on bikes. Is there any reason I should use a dealer or private motocycle specific mechanic? I know he will treat me well, and do a good job. He did ask that I get the oil and any parts I'll need since he doesn't stock motorcycle parts, so I will know anything he puts on or in my bike. He doesn't always work on bikes (though he does know how to) so that might be a disadvantage, but going to a mechanic you know and trust and who you know is honest and trustworthy is priceless.
jeff10236 is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Old 05-26-2010, 12:12 PM   #2
Founding Member
The_AirHawk's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Leanin' Tower O' P-P-P-P-POWAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Posts: 11,491

If you feel he knows what he's doing (and he's demonstrated as such) - I see no reason not to use him for regular maintenance.

A Gearhead is a Gearhead.
Parfois, on fait pas semblant
Sometimes, it's not pretend
Oderint Dum Metuant
Let them hate so long as they fear
политики предпочитают безоружных крестьян
Politicians Prefer Unarmed Peasants
Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along now...
The_AirHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2010, 01:20 PM   #3
Founding Member
pushrod's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Baja 'Bama
Posts: 3,642


Just take a photocopy of the maintenance item 'checklist' for him to use.

And you might want to purchase the oil and filter before you take the bike in. He may not have the proper stuff, and it'd just slow down the process if he has to get them 'special'.
You would not understand,
this is not how I am...

I have become -
Comfortably Numb.
pushrod is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off