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Old 03-29-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
alekkas OP
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DIY factor on maintenance?

Never had a boxer before. Finding some decent used GS prices. Mostly 1200s. However, from some things I read, the cost of proper maintenance and down time at the shop is not something I want to do at this time of life. Additionally, I know one doesn't need a lab coat to do good work.

I do most most most most my own maintenance on bikes and cars. What is the DIY factor for these bikes?

I have the competence and confidence to do most maintenance. For example, valves on my Connie, carbs clean/rebuild, cam chain extenders on vtwins, fluids, forks spring/valving, change/rebuild brakes, change tires etc... I also perseverate and read a ton before taking on a job. YouTube too.

Do these skills on japanese and american bikes transfer to what needs to be done on the 1200s? What are some of the "high cost" jobs and intervals?

So, many DIYers out there? Thoughts?
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