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Old 06-04-2014, 10:56 AM   #1
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GS Maintenance Classes?

So, I was wondering if any of you know where you can get some mechanical knowledge for our bikes. I do not have any gear heads around that I could shadow so I was just wondering. I dont want to learn how to tear the engine apart, just general troubleshooting on the side of the if the situation should arise. I know some will say youtube but im actually looking for something other than a video. im at the point where, if the bike doesnt run and it has gas in it, im screwed. lol Thanks
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:14 PM   #2
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I've been interested in this here in the UK. There's a course at my local college the runs evening classes; it keeps getting cancelled due to lack of interest!

When I posted similar elsewhere, someone suggested shadowing my local BMW mechanic. This would be fine, but they're very busy and don't need me quizzing them on everything!

If anyone has any ideas, +1 interested party!
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:31 PM   #3
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I tend to look at some of the threads where others are having issues and learn from that.

There is a ton of good stuff here:

As for formal classes…have you tried a BMW off road course? The people there are usually very knowledgeable.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:57 PM   #4
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In my area there have been courses put on by colleges/university just took one for kayaking was great and affordable.

We have trades college nearby they do have small engines, automobile and stuff like that.

Seen stuff on line, correspondence classes like ICS.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:59 PM   #5
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Youtube is a good place to start.
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:07 AM   #6
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JVB DVD or something similar?
Pics of whatever/where ever
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:38 AM   #7
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JVB DVD or something similar?
Join the BMW club in the DC area where Jim Von Baden holds his "Tech Days." Heck, you are only 4:58 hours away? I have thought about doing that from where I live in Maine, but realize I will probably never do it.
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