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Old 07-23-2012, 10:38 AM   #14731
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intro a nyc/the bronx/riverdale newbie

i'm a returning rider.

after 35+ years, managed to pass the mss/msf course up in mott haven (thanks to both of my instructors named monica!).

have spent the last month, riding friends, dealers and craigslist bikes looking for something that would work for me (58yr/6'/190lbs/32.5 inseam).

i'm not a cruiser guy nor a sport rider.

i'm probably a ujm type.

plus i'm trying to keep this whole endeavor on a very lean budget.

(wife and kids are supportive but keeping cost down assists their support)

i'm located in riverdale/the bronx.

i'm just north of manhattan island and just south of yonkers.

i've ridden several older kawasakis-the zr-7s and the z750s.

i like both bikes but leaning towards the newer, fuel injected z750s.

i could use -local to me- a motorcycle mechanic recommendation.

after i find a used bike i wanted someone to perform an oil change, chain lube, change fork oil, maybe bleed the brakes and flush the coolant.

anyone have opinions on solomoto in greenwich, ct?

how about kim's on mclean avenue in yonkers?

anyone venture a ballpark guess-timate as to cost to have those services performed by an independent mechanic not a dealership?

thanks in advance to those who care to share.

be well.

rob
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:05 AM   #14732
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i'm a returning rider.

after 35+ years, managed to pass the mss/msf course up in mott haven (thanks to both of my instructors named monica!).

have spent the last month, riding friends, dealers and craigslist bikes looking for something that would work for me (58yr/6'/190lbs/32.5 inseam).

i'm not a cruiser guy nor a sport rider.

i'm probably a ujm type.

plus i'm trying to keep this whole endeavor on a very lean budget.

(wife and kids are supportive but keeping cost down assists their support)

i'm located in riverdale/the bronx.

i'm just north of manhattan island and just south of yonkers.

i've ridden several older kawasakis-the zr-7s and the z750s.

i like both bikes but leaning towards the newer, fuel injected z750s.

i could use -local to me- a motorcycle mechanic recommendation.

after i find a used bike i wanted someone to perform an oil change, chain lube, change fork oil, maybe bleed the brakes and flush the coolant.

anyone have opinions on solomoto in greenwich, ct?

how about kim's on mclean avenue in yonkers?

anyone venture a ballpark guess-timate as to cost to have those services performed by an independent mechanic not a dealership?

thanks in advance to those who care to share.

be well.

rob
can't help you with shops but maybe there's a inmate up in your hood that has a garage and you can learn to wrench on it yourself. especially for these simple services, going to a mechanic would entail 90/hour rates when you could do it yourself with someone else watching for just the cost of parts, which looks like it could run you less then 30 bucks.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:35 AM   #14733
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i'm a returning rider.

after 35+ years, managed to pass the mss/msf course up in mott haven (thanks to both of my instructors named monica!).

have spent the last month, riding friends, dealers and craigslist bikes looking for something that would work for me (58yr/6'/190lbs/32.5 inseam).

i could use -local to me- a motorcycle mechanic recommendation.

after i find a used bike i wanted someone to perform an oil change, chain lube, change fork oil, maybe bleed the brakes and flush the coolant.


rob
Welcome back to the fold.

Interested in this?
picasaweb.google.com/hachayalboded/FZ6

'07 Yamaha FZ-6

$4500



No need to find a mechanic either as I just did the fork seals, oil change, bled and replaced the brakes and put in a new clutch cable and flushed the coolant a month ago.

You can also feel free to bring it to me for minor service, but I charge a "watch me fix your bike fee" of 1 6 pack per hour.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #14734
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What's that burning smell?

I thought my GS was about to self-destruct on the commute home, but my landlady smelt it, and my apartment reeks of it, too.

It's a sort of charcoaly, burning plasticy smell.

Anyone?
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #14735
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There was a haze on the west side highway as it went under the GW and it smelled like burning as well...
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:13 PM   #14736
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Bk fire

Likely this: http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stori...-for-commuters
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:35 AM   #14737
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I just wanted to publicly say thank you to Stephan for pointing us toward JD, and JD (and his lovely wife) for having us over today, on a weekend, to change out tires on both Rachael and my bikes. They were very gracious in giving up part of their Sunday to do so, and the job turned out to be a bit more work, and took a bit longer than expected.

JD (username jdaniele) had a few bikes in the garage, including one who was getting a full suspension treatment. His work was very thorough, the prices reasonable, and the company great. I definitely recommend him for those in the area needing work on their bikes.
ah that must be my bike. not just a full suspension treatment but a whole 9 yards and more. that's why I go to him. big job. important stuff. If a car gets a flat tire... no big deal... you can simply hobble over to emergency lane and change it. If a car breaks down in middle of highway, no big deal... just turn on your emergency flasher and wait for tow truck. But on bike... you only get one chance. you'll either get killed or maimed if anything happens. maybe you'll get lucky.

I don't trust dealership anymore to touch my bike or even look at it after I double-checked their work for its routine maintenance. I know some people have raved about a few outstanding dealerships here and there but no thank you. not me. don't need it. don't want it. I'm an easily trusting person and it only takes 1 fuck-up to destroy that bridge. so far... I haven't lost my trust in JD yet
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:16 PM   #14738
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still looking for a welder, Fidollaz is in jerzy but kind of hard to get too. hoping theres someone in brooklyn so i can not travel.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:07 AM   #14739
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still looking for a welder, Fidollaz is in jerzy but kind of hard to get too. hoping theres someone in brooklyn so i can not travel.
Gimme a ring tomorrow, I'll see what I can do.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:28 AM   #14740
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Thumb Metal shop

Try 4th State Metals, 120 Hope Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn - 1 (718) 599-3223.
Great guys and it's a full metal fabrication shop.
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still looking for a welder, Fidollaz is in jerzy but kind of hard to get too. hoping theres someone in brooklyn so i can not travel.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:38 AM   #14741
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Gimme a ring tomorrow, I'll see what I can do.
thanks eddie, went with ravyn's suggestion (no offence) wanted a pro (well i hope their pro) welder working on the frame.

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Try 4th State Metals, 120 Hope Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn - 1 (718) 599-3223.
Great guys and it's a full metal fabrication shop.
went there, amazing shop. got an idea, now need to materialize it. thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:09 AM   #14742
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went there, amazing shop. got an idea, now need to materialize it. thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:52 AM   #14743
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Best man cave ever
Did you spot my little slice of heaven in the joint
yup. took a pic so i have something to later.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:08 AM   #14744
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thanks eddie, went with ravyn's suggestion (no offence) wanted a pro (well i hope their pro) welder working on the frame.
That WAS my suggestion. Scroll up.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:56 AM   #14745
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Back from vacay, how's everyone doing?

Before I left on vacay, I disputed a "parking on sidewalk ticket" by begging for mercy and when I returned and checked my e-mail it was dismissed!

Ticket judges must love Ninja 250's.
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