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Before asking my question, i'd like to give you a little backround.
1. I have never maintained a motorcyle before. First owned motorcycle.
2. I am mechanically inclined, since I have worked on my cars in the past.

Question: I have apporximatley 600 miles on my bike, is it worth going to the dealer to basically get an oil change and perhaps some fine tuning according to what the manual says or can I just do this myself? And if I do the work myself can I screw something up?
 

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My answer is that no, it is not worth it. Spend 1/2 hour checking every bolt/nut you can to be sure they are snug, adjust your belt to be a little looser than you think it should be, check your tire pressure, change your oil/filter, then go for a ride. Wear a helmet and good riding gear. Hug your kids if you have kids. Plan for your retirement. Call your mom. Live long and prosper. Relax and have a beer.
 

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Welcome!! I am sort of mechanically inclined (simple stuff but need help with the bigger stuff) I would say to look at the manual and do it yourself. will save yourself a ton of money...on this scheduled maint and future maint
 

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I bought my bike new, and never took it in for service. I did it all myself (except the tranny recall where they installed the stage IV kit at the same time). You can find all the info here on the site. It is an air cooled bike, that just needs common knowledge and skills. Save your money and take pride in taking care of your ride.
 

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I agree. Take your time, and do it yourself. If you have questions, this is the place to get them answered. This is a great opportunity to get to know your bike. You will be glad that you did.
 

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Some say and I agree that for the first 600, take it in, so that if anything goes wrong after that they'll have less of an excuse not to cover it.
 

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I agree. I think this is required to keep warranty good but I'm not sure. Stealer told me this[?]

quote:Originally posted by mark1

Some say and I agree that for the first 600, take it in, so that if anything goes wrong after that they'll have less of an excuse not to cover it.
 

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[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif][/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]Now that was funny right thur! Also true.[/emoticons/emotion-5.gif]quote:Originally posted by Shag

My answer is that no, it is not worth it. Spend 1/2 hour checking every bolt/nut you can to be sure they are snug, adjust your belt to be a little looser than you think it should be, check your tire pressure, change your oil/filter, then go for a ride. Wear a helmet and good riding gear. Hug your kids if you have kids. Plan for your retirement. Call your mom. Live long and prosper. Relax and have a beer.
 

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quote:Originally posted by mark1

Some say and I agree that for the first 600, take it in, so that if anything goes wrong after that they'll have less of an excuse not to cover it.


That's how I've always looked at it, personally.
I can handle doing oil changes and such after that, but for the first check I want the dealer's hands on it.
 

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I believe that the first service also includes the transfer case oil to be changed... I say dealer, then do the rest your self..
 

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I normally do things myself - BUT - if it's a new bike - yeah, I'd take it in for liability reasons. After that, no more dealer - do it all yourself.

Oh, I'm in the same category: mechanically inclined with no previous cycle experience. I've been able to make a couple mods all by myself! [/emoticons/emotion-5.gif]
 

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I personaly take mine to the dealer for all the maintenance because I know the guys there pretty well but there is no reason you shouldn't be able to do it all yourself if you want to.
 

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quote:Originally posted by mark1

Some say and I agree that for the first 600, take it in, so that if anything goes wrong after that they'll have less of an excuse not to cover it.


Same for me! I have to agree with Mark. At least for the first check up, take it in.
 
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