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View Poll Results: How many of you do your own Mechanical work on your ST?
Yes, I do all my own work. 117 43.66%
Yes, I do some of my own work. 134 50.00%
No, I don't do any of the work on my bike but, I wish I knew how. 13 4.85%
No, I don't do any of the work nor am I interested in learning how to. 4 1.49%
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Old January 15th, 2009   #1
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Default How many of you do your own mechanical work on your ST1300?

Who does their own work?

Who doesn't?

Of those that don't, do you wish you could?

Or, do you have absolutely no desire to?

Please elaborate in a response.

I do most of my own work such as brakes, tires, farkles, wiring, etc. but, I draw the line when it comes to anything to do with the engine because I don't know enough about it. I sometimes wish I had the time and money to go to a school and learn how to rebuild an engine or tune it up, etc. Modern engines and systems have gotten pretty darned complicated.
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Old January 15th, 2009   #2
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Default Re: How many of you do your own mechanical work on your ST1300?

I got a free 7 year warranty but anything not covered i do myself including a whole bunch of farkels cruise contral, lights, trunk , riser , auxilary plugs , heated grips , insulate fairing , wrap headers, led signal warning lights, self canceling signal adapter, highway pegs
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Old January 15th, 2009   #3
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Default Re: How many of you do your own mechanical work on your ST1300?

You forgot to vote.

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I got a free 7 year warranty but anything not covered i do myself including a whole bunch of farkels cruise contral, lights, trunk , riser , auxilary plugs , heated grips , insulate fairing , wrap headers, led signal warning lights, self canceling signal adapter, highway pegs
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Old January 15th, 2009   #4
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I do most of my own work, just like Joe. Anything inside the engine I probably won't touch. I've added the Kisan Signal Minder, and an aftermarket Horn, which was electrical work. I mounted the bar risers, Stealth Backrest, Throttle Lock, and I've changed the Thermostat twice, which are all mechanical.

One of the first things I purchased was a service manual. I worked for years as a head adjuster at the GP Papermill at Wauna, Or., which is a troubleshooting/mechanic job, so I've had many years of experience.

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Default Re: How many of you do your own mechanical work on your ST1300?

I do most of my own work.
I haven't done the valve adjust, as I only have 12,000 miles.
I removed my rear tire and drive and re-installed but I let the shop do the tire changing.
I do lots of farkles and won't let others mess with my lighting, I do that myself.

I just finished adding some LED's to my rear fender and a Whelen LIN-3, as well as turnsignal reminder LED's on my instrument cowl (this was an idea from Austin City Limits, over on the ST-Owners.com site).
There are many things that I probably can't do but I'll do all that I can, within reason, ability, desire and roundtoit.
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I do my own oil and filter and have added farkles on my own. But tires, brakes, valves I leave to the dealer, which I trust.
The tupperware nightmare would be biggest obstacle to tearing into bike more. I know it's only plastic, but the fastners seem to be hooky setup and I wouldn't be able to get it back together. And to be honest if I wanted to work on a bike I would have bought a HD!!!
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I do all my own work ( ST1100 ) except mounting and balancing tires. I let that be done by the dealer for about $25 a tire. I don't have any desire to buy the equipment and do that part myself. I remove the wheels from the bike, buy the tires on-line, carry everything to the dealer, and let the head mechanic do the rest. Save a lot of $$'s by removing and reinstalling the wheels yourself.

I've checked valves, changed timing belt, changed alternator, pulled carbs, driveshaft, fuel tank, rebuilt brakes, pads, oil and filter, braided steel brake lines, and many farkles, etc.

With all the info available on several ST forums, it's easy to learn how to do things, and also find help when you get in trouble.

I haven't been stranded on the road in over 15 years and never with my ST. I wouldn't be afraid to travel cross county at any time with my 1996, ST with over 100+K miles.
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I have absolutely no mechanical skills. But I wish I did…it would be awesome to work on the bike that I ride.
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The only time the dealer works on my bike is if it involves a warranty claim, otherwise, no one puts a wrench to her but me!
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Old January 15th, 2009   #10
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I'm just completing a 6 months motorcycle technicien training course. Absolutely fascinating and I have learned tons of things. This morning I took both my tires to the school and changed them with a new set including balancing. I feel very confident about doing any of the works on the bikes but I wished we could've had more time to work and practice on the valves adjustment !! I had a chance to practice on all kinds but the shime and bucket were physically handled by other student, so I'm a bit reluctant to start the valve adjustment by myself even with the manual ? If I get a part time job at a local bike shop it will be the first thing I will be asking to get training on !! Rod
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