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Old 06-01-2010, 10:37 AM   #11
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Ah, don't listen to these guys. If you can read a manual and follow instructions you can do your own maintenance. I've done valves for 40 years and never had a problem. The only work I farm out is machine shop stuff like pressing sleeves and bore jobs. It's saved me thousands of $ and allowed me to spend the money on more bikes.
The bro had trouble draining his oil. We're not all as smart as you. How are you with appendectomies?

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Old 06-01-2010, 11:21 AM   #12
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The bro had trouble draining his oil. We're not all as smart as you. How are you with appendectomies?

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I'm really good with appendectomies. Want one? Do it free!
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:48 PM   #13
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I'm really good with appendectomies. Want one? Do it free!
They can't be that hard - I saw Kate do one on Jack in the 2nd or 3rd season of LOST............
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:51 PM   #14
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I did a tracheotomy with a McDonald's McFlurry straw once. Kinda missed and hit an artery. Messy...
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:41 PM   #15
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I did a tracheotomy with a McDonald's McFlurry straw once. Kinda missed and hit an artery. Messy...
Didja do it sorta-like one of them drink-box thingies? Just slash-cut one end, then put yer thumb over the other and POP!............
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Didja do it sorta-like one of them drink-box thingies? Just slash-cut one end, then put yer thumb over the other and POP!............
LOL! You guys have been watching too much TV!
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:41 PM   #17
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LOL! You guys have been watching too much TV!
I don't actually watch TV - I watch LOST on DVD, as well as most anything-else I care to see. That, or Netflix's "on demand" stuff.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:31 AM   #18
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I would just take it to the MOTORCYCLE shop if I were you. You have neither the tools, nor apparently the facilities or even a manual to work with. Quite frankly I think you should just stick to riding it and taking it in every 5k or so for an oil & filter change and whatever else is called for.
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I would just take it to the MOTORCYCLE shop if I were you. You have neither the tools, nor apparently the facilities or even a manual to work with. Quite frankly I think you should just stick to riding it and taking it in every 5k or so for an oil & filter change and whatever else is called for.
Well, I will do my own fluid changes. I see a proper oil filter wrench won't cost much, I do have a basic socket wrench, and anything else I might need for the fluids won't cost much. The facilities, my apartment parking garage will work fine (I'm pretty sure there is no clause in my lease banning me from working on a vehicle there, if there is I'll take it to a friend's house). As for the manual, for oil changes and some basic maintenance, the owners manual is pretty detailed, the problem comes for more involved things like the valve inspection (and potential adjustment) for which it gives no details. Fluid changes appear to be simple enough that I can do them myself and save a few bucks.

When Clymer eventually puts out a manual for the 2009 I'll probably pick one up, and decide on a case by case basis what I'm ready to tackle and what I'll take to the dealer. One of the goals I had for myself when buying the bike is learning to work on it. Though, since I bought new, I guess an argument can be made for sticking with oil changes and using the dealer for anything bigger and buying a cheap old bike (under $1000) to learn to work on so if I mess anything up it won't be too big a deal.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:42 AM   #20
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Remember valve lash specs are printed somewhere on the frame of the bike. Valves are easy to do especially the ones you have screw and locknut style. Although 09 got some changes the motor is identical and retains the same specs. The problem with this valve adjustment has been mentioned. To get to the rear cylinder takes alot of removal of parts.

Also your second valve adjustment is due at 7500 I believe. Just take it to the shop. Overtightening of the adjuster will be realized down the road if you torque it down to hard. Not being at TDC on the compression stroke when adjusting valve lash can cause severe problems. Good Luck try and have someone show you maybe first.
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