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#21 Unread post by maggy » Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:24 pm

I think the name was darsak: Hey good to know about the woman only MC. CLASS. when I get moved to az I will see if they have it to offer. In the mean time, I will read all the material I can so I will be able to know what terms mean. Thanks for the information.
My DH is mechanical but terrible teacher. He can't teach.
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#22 Unread post by Rebeccaatthewell » Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:58 pm

I am actually pretty good with reading the mannuel, as long as it has pictures that show me the exact places to work. :) I fixed my kill switch and replaced the battery with only the mannuel and my common sense as a guide.

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#23 Unread post by maggy » Wed Dec 27, 2006 2:39 am

Right on, I just found the book my DH had for my bike. It is the Clymer Honda vt750 Shadow : service, repair amd ,maintenance. It has the pictures with it. Far out.
Good for you by the way. way to go.
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#24 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:52 am

Well, yesterday and Thursday, I replaced the shocks on my BMW. Ohlins, Wo0t!

Hubby had to help with the "muscle stuff." It is a job you just cannot do by yourself. Needed to make a couple runs to Sears for some Torx sockets - needed an EXTERNAL Torx socket, then one size between the two sets we have, of course.

The bike rides like a dream now.

3900 miles to the 24K service. Will have to open up the gas tank to replace the fuel filter. They say that that task is the least fun of any of the maintenance tasks.

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#25 Unread post by Chromie » Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:44 pm

Hey Girls!
Pretty new here, so this may be a good topic to dive in on and say hello at the same time.
I'm Chromie, and I'm pretty mechanically inclined. Hubby is not, so it's up to me if I wanna save money.
I had an older Kawasaki 700 LTD and wrenched on that thing all the time. I rebuilt the four carbs, and did my oil changes........ although I'd rather ride than do too much wrenching. I had to work on the older bike more than I got to ride and I finally sold it. Bringing home my VSTAR 1100 on Monday the 29th!
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#26 Unread post by maggy » Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:33 am

Hi Chromie: It is good to hear how so many woman are so mechanical. I hope to be a little at least one day.
Hey Congradulations on your new bike. I am sure you will just love it.
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#27 Unread post by mac_3457 » Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:57 pm

Honestly, I can thank my dad when I was little teaching me stuff on my car. I eventually had to move away from home to Reno, NV for college and my dad, while using my hands free cell, would talk to me over the cell telling me how to fix something. So I learned quiet a bit. When it comes to bikes, I know the basics. Oil, battery, fluids. However, I do have friends in high places that have been helping me learn about the other various parts on my bike and how to fix, replace, or even modify the look of my bike. I'm looking forward to learning more and more though. :D

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#28 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:02 pm

I know a few things, but I am going to have to learn a whole lot more. Maintaining a motorcycle is even more expensive than maintaining a car.

My last service would have cost $700.00 :shock: but I didn't get the swingarm(?) bearings done so it only cost me a bit over $500.00 instead. :roll:

I opted to get the steering bearings done last time and can have the other ones done the next time.
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#29 Unread post by mahgnillig » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:19 pm

I'm pretty mechanically minded, but sometimes I get in over my head and wish I'd never started. Same goes for everything else I own too... I can't own something without taking it apart and modding the heck out of it!

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#30 Unread post by Shorts » Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:57 pm

mahgnillig wrote:I'm pretty mechanically minded, but sometimes I get in over my head and wish I'd never started. Same goes for everything else I own too... I can't own something without taking it apart and modding the heck out of it!
:innocent2: you too??? :mrgreen:

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#31 Unread post by Chatty Cathy » Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:00 pm

YOU SHOULD AT LEAST learn how to change a flat tire on your bike and how to start it by popping the clutch in case your battery ever goes dead and it won't start. Knowing those two small things are MOST useful to us riders. Just have a friend that rides or your significant other show you how.
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#32 Unread post by Christina » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:14 pm

My dad taught me stuff to do on the car. I would like to think in most instances it's the same on a bike. Bottom line is I don't like chancing my safety or my passengers just so i can tinker in my garage. I'm sure that sounds extreme to some. Instead I trade out some mechanic work on my bike for a nice lasagne dinner. I trade my kitchen talent for the talent of my bike mechanic friend. Works out for both of us.
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#33 Unread post by Shorts » Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:50 pm

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#34 Unread post by coffee_brake » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:20 pm

Aww, great thread! You girls are making me have hope for us all!

NOBODY touches my bikes. Well, I allow my husband to ride them or move them out of his way, but NOBODY does work on my bikes but me. I do my own valve adjusts, forks maintenance/replacements front and rear, primary drive shoes, brakes upgrades, and electric accessory add-ons. I ain't skeered! There were some wonderful folks, chiefly my "do it yourself" parents and some rare sympathetic independent mechanics who would explain things or even loan a tool early on, of course with the return gesture of lots of free advertising or a 6-pack of something nice.

That said, I don't have the tools to do a top-end re-build or the camshaft bearing replacement which I need in a few more thousand miles, so then I'll have to take them in. But I can bet I'll be standing at the bay door watching, every minute. And buying the mechanic a nice big bottle of Crown Royal. It goes a long way toward good will, let me tell ya! Keeps the bill down, too.

For me, following the instructions in a Clymers or Service Manual is very easy, and asking online to fill in the gaps works. It helps that I can ride a different bike while one is down for as long as it takes to understand the problem. Yes, I'm slow, but I'm thorough. I guess some of ya'll say it's just hard to read the book and understand. I have to agree because some of the mechanics I actually would trust, say they hate the manual too.

At the same time, though, Ladies, don't get taken for a ride! Maintenance is NOT a hard thing to understand and lots of shops will really exploit your fear of wrenching! The same determination that maybe got you through a hard college class, or got you through your kid's "terrible twos" or helped you keep your finances straight...that same determination is how you learn to work on your own bike. That, and not getting frustrated with your mistakes. You just decide, "It's time to learn this and I'm going to do this, even if it takes all week!"

I have a carb rebuild for an old inline four waiting at my garage table. I've worked on and synched (and even totally broken) carbs but never rebuilt them before. I honestly don't know what I'm going to find or if I'm going to break or lose bitty parts, but I know I'm going to tear those carbs apart by the book as carefully as I can, take pictures and ask folks which parts are bad, and put it together. If the bike still idles badly, I'll take 'em out and do it again. I'm not giving up, I'm going to do this job.

I didn't know there were so many wrenchin' ladies out there, glad to keep your company in cyberspace!
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#35 Unread post by Teek » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:33 am

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 check/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 :D) 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! :D
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#36 Unread post by kymford » Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:41 pm

Good on you to all the chix who are working on thier own machines, that is so great to hear.

I have a good idea of whats what but i leave the actual motor/tuning etc to my husband. For a couple of reasons, he is good at what he does but the main reason is we p!ss each other off when working together , we end up fighting :laughing:

My car, i did the interior myself, and some of the prep for paint, although, sanding sucks!

So all in all i am not afraid of tools and grease

We are teaching our young sons to get into it too, and they're loving it, which is great.
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#37 Unread post by whisper15 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:08 am

I'm pretty much mechanically inclined, followed and watched my Dad and older Brother. My 2 sisters helped Mom. Didn't learn to cook till I left home HA HA :laughing: I taught my sons how to take care of their vehicles and cook.
I hope to learn a lot about my V-Star 650 Silverado Custom. Took it for its 600 mile check up(had 800 on it) and they said they checked everything and changed the oil. Got it home and the screws were loose on the windshield. Yea Right they check everything :oops: I will do it myself next time. And they charge way toooo much.
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#38 Unread post by Gabrielle » Fri May 30, 2008 1:05 pm

No way I can afford 100$ an hour not to mention how many shops still try to take advantage of a woman, at least in my area. And that good ol 'I can get to it early part of next year just leave it' YA RIGHT. I read the Clymer but it most often leads you astray, it a good starting point. Then I come online and do a search now thats a huge help. then its off to the backyard. If its something like synchronizing the carbs I dont have the tool. Then I will pay a guy I trust here in town. I think the first time i called to ask what it would cost to replace the stator was $800+ incentive. Ended up costing me 40 buck oil and the gaskets.

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#39 Unread post by sunshine229 » Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:35 pm

I do my own oil changes (my hubby TMW Mike taught me!) and I lube my chain. I don't really do much else, although if Mike is going to do something with my bike I try to be there so I can learn.

In general I am not much of a hands-on girl.

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#40 Unread post by SCgurl » Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:39 pm

I grew up with a bunch of gearheads. I learned to rebuild a carburator on a '65 T-bird when I was 8 (thanks, Dad :P ). My grandfather restored old cars for a living. When he passed away, his garage was (and still is) full of Model T's, Model A's, at least one Bugatti, and a couple of bikes-I'm not entirely sure what they are though. I'm making a trip to go check on those at the end of August.

BTW, this was part of why I wanted to learn to ride. The bikes belonged to my dad. I really want to be able to breathe life back into them.

I still do most of the automotive maintenance on the cars, but BF makes the special tools when needed. He's pretty handy to have around too.
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