I learned how to work on my '72 Datsun pickup decades ago by necessity, being poor. It was also my baby, so I loved fussing with it! I could do a full tune up (dual points and condensers on the distributor!), adjust brakes, oil changes, rotate tires, batteries were cake of course, and under the dash stuff. It was an easy truck to work on too. Hardest thing I did was replace the water pump. I did the engine harness too, and pulled the radiator to weld on broken brackets and solder some pinholes. changed belts and hoses. I worked on all my trucks up to the last one, an '88 F-150, but by then it was a lot harder to get to stuff, I had to sit in the engine compartment or dive in head first from a fender. Just not as user friendly. New cars now, I could change the oil, but lordamighty, on most you can't even see the plugs when you open the hood!
I never learned the valve adjustment, wish I had because my bike is due for a valve stick/adjustment. I'm waiting for the GSTwin West Coast kit to come my way. I have a mechanically inclined hubby who knows motos better than cars, and when we met I had a bigger and better set of tools, chest, and rollaway than he did! So we are doing all sorts of stuff on my bike, and he does the heavy lifting but I'm right there wrenching too and learning. I'm just about ready to tackle the carbs (one for him, one for me
) for a cleaning and rejetting to improve the low rpm response of this bike. If I mess it up I know a guy I can ship them to, and I'm reasonably sure he'd do a good job, but not as sure how long he'd take, it could be months! And I don't have a backup bike. Also don't have the funds to have a stealership do it, and probably mess it up, or not be as meticulous as I would be...
But WOW! All the ladies here wrenching on their own motos is a huge inspiration!
2001 Suzuki GS500, Sonic springs, Katana shock, 14t sprocket, OEM flyscreen & chin spoiler, billet fork brace, fenderectomy, Diamond links, NGK Iridium plugs. Lowered and lean but not very mean.