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So.. I use to just load the bike up and take it to the local repair man. I was a beginner rider (as I feel I still am) and I had knowledge of how everything works (as I am a certified aircraft mechanic) but I didnt want to really get my hands in where I would be riding.

My thoughts were that it only has two wheels. I could work on the car and no problem but for some dumb reason, I would hesitate to work on my own bike.

My mechanic was backed up with work for 6-7 weeks so I had two choices.. Wait the 6-7 weeks just for him to get it in.. or get into it myself and learn a thing or two (from the help of the amazing people here..)

Well as you can tell, I have chosen to get my hands dirty. The best thing I could have ever done. Im learning much more than I could have ever thought. I am seeing where my "mechanic" has taken short cuts and could have possibly have caused me most of my issues.

So far I have found fuel lines to the carbs have been bent almost to a 180 degrees just to hook to the petcock. I have a huge feeling that this has restricted fuel going to the carbs on that side. Spark plug wires and other electrical wires have been all over the place. Nothing routed like it should.

Long story short, I think that everyone should take a shot at working on their own bike to a certain extent. My profile may say something more than a beginner but Ill be honest.. Im at the lowest level of experience as it can go. I have taken the safety course and have many hours logged of riding but I am nowhere near the experience as half the people on here.

I would like thank everyone for the help to get my bike back up and running. The bike is almost done and ready to ride. I just need oil and the front fairings mounted back on.
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Also saves a ton of money wrenching on your own stuff. Can't imagine how much I saved swapping out the trans in my bike, but I can imagine pulling the motor and putting a new trans in wouldn't be cheap! Plus countless oil changes. Also, taking tires off the bike to get new rubber put on is WAY cheaper than taking whole bike in. Chain and sprocket replacement and other maintenance is easy once u get a manual and try!

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jespenshade12 I had the same feeling when I got my first sportbike years ago. I could work on pretty much anything mechanical but the compactness and complexity of the bike intimidated me. I remember digging out the service manual just to do the first oil change as I did not know where things were.

Well, I still dig out the manual on new to me bikes as some oil changes are pretty complex. (my KTM has two finger screens and two filters)

There is so much on line now so you can get a good feel for the job before diving in.

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I thank Google, Youtube and the guys here at GSXR.com, they have helped me thru a few of the more intimidating jobs I have done on my bikes in the past. I love getting my hands dirty and that feeling of hey look what I can do, I fixed my bike!

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As far as saving money by working on your own bike, that can be a mixed bag. I cringe when someone with little mechanical aptitude tears into their bike. It's like "I rooted my phone so how hard can an engine rebuild be?" Cracked oil pans anyone?

When my KTM died on me last year, I found the stator floating free in the housing as the screws were too short leaving only two treads into the magnesium housing and of course no loctite. (it probably would not have helped with two threads). Also a spacer was grinding on the larger flywheel. The instruction clearly stated the spacers had to be removed. #ShittyPOmaintenance.
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As far as saving money by working on your own bike, that can be a mixed bag. I cringe when someone with little mechanical aptitude tears into their bike. It's like "I rooted my phone so how hard can an engine rebuild be?" Cracked oil pans anyone?

When my KTM died on me last year, I found the stator floating free in the housing as the screws were too short leaving only two treads into the magnesium housing and of course no loctite. (it probably would not have helped with two threads). Also a spacer was grinding on the larger flywheel. The instruction clearly stated the spacers had to be removed. #ShittyPOmaintenance.
Ok ok, you got me. I will agree with that. I guess I have more skills than some that ask or try things. What I feel are sometimes easy things to dig into take a bit of work if you haven't seen or done it before. I guess with a manual and google, I feel confident to do almost anything to the bike. The only thin I have not done and don't feel confident to do is valves. I wish someone had the time and know-how to check them for me and teach me. otherwise I can do 99.9% of my own work. Beside actually getting into the rotating assembly.
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Ok ok, you got me. I will agree with that. I guess I have more skills than some that ask or try things. What I feel are sometimes easy things to dig into take a bit of work if you haven't seen or done it before. I guess with a manual and google, I feel confident to do almost anything to the bike. The only thin I have not done and don't feel confident to do is valves. I wish someone had the time and know-how to check them for me and teach me. otherwise I can do 99.9% of my own work. Beside actually getting into the rotating assembly.
To be honest, just did valves for the first time.. omg easy as long as you can do math and use a feeler gauge.

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