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Did you do your own 1st service?

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  1. SemperVee

    SemperVee Active Member

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    Picking up my new 12 CCT in a few days when it stops raining and riding it home a few hundred miles. One of the reasons I picked the VIC is the easy maint like I had on my HD. *How many of you did your own First service? It looks to be only an oil change @ 500 and then 1st service @ 2500 miles which from the menu is just another oil change and look over.
    I have been doing my own maintenance for nearly 40 years on everything from HD, BMW, Honda, Vstrom and Guzzi's.. I have downloaded the manual and it looks pretty simple. I know to keep my receipts for supplies, but does the first service require any DEALER Only computer checking equipment that would preclude me from checking something?
    Thanks in advance..
     
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    No i did not. Reason being any goodies floating around in the oil i would want the dealership to see.I like some others trust my dealership to check it out,this includes the belt and other things i might miss,heck rather play it safe at least for the first 500 mile check.
    PS 600 miles they had to replace the rear pulley,on their dime.
     
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    Yep. Other than tire changes, I do all my own work. Victory sell an oil change kit with oil, flex neck, filter and gasket to make oil changes a 1-item purchase.
     
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    You have your owners book so there will be your check list.
    Yes its a rip off paying to see if every thing is ok. At best change the oil check the clutch for play and then maybe check air in tires.

    There are no bolts to tighten no matter what they say.

    So if you trust your self and know how to check the belt go for it. Now that I think of it in the first few pages of the owners manual they make mention of something like if you do your owen service what to do.
     
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    Did my own 500 mile service. Piece of cake. One of my engine mount bolts was near finger tight. Retorqued it. best thing about these bikes is you don't have to deal with valve adjustments like on the BMW's. Had a hex head and a K.
     
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    Yep I do the service myself unless it's something needing tear down or tires. Just keep all you reciepts.Record dates and mileage in the back of yor owners manual just in case you do need warranty work you can show ma vic that maintenance was done.
     
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    I've done my 500 mile services on all three of my Vics-mostly because I do not have a dealer/mechanic that I can trust and prefer to take the opertunity to bond with my machines. I put 'em up on the lift and it usually takes me a few nights to go over them-yes there are bolts to be checked-a whole bunch of them. levers to be removed, de-burred & polished. I'm the one that needs to see what comes out in the oil pan not someone else. I also do a compression test to get a baseline number to compare at future services. There's not a shop out there that can be as meteculous as I am and stay in business, + I enjoy it as much as the riding & knowing that everything is right make the rides even better.
     
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    You sound alot like me. Not only do I save the money doing it, but I KNOW IT WAS DONE CORRECTLY and I have bonded with my machine. Finding little problems often precludes having to deal with LARGE problems later on. :^)
     
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    Always. For me, doing my own maintance is part of the whole motocycle experiance.
     
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    No I did not do own first service, it was included with the purchase. Dealership said they like to do the first one so that they can check the bike over really well to catch any malfunctions that may occur.
     
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    Yep same with my dealership,think its smart business.
     
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    That makes too much sense to be widespread... Great idea though!
    I hate to see companies confused by simple logic.. :^)
     
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    Did my first oil change but didn’t think about saving any of the receipts. Wish I did but if the quality is as good as my Mean Streak which I think it is,I should be fine.
    On a side note, I took my Mean Streak to a dealer for tires back in January and decided to have them do an oil change (first time it’s been in for anything other than tires since I bought it in 03). Took it for a ride a few weeks ago and noticed it was popping and surging. Thought it might have been the road as it seemed to happen when I hit a few bumps. Well at about 80 miles she just shut down. It took about 15 minutes before she started back up. Luckily I was close to my destination and that’s where she’s been ever since. I will see what wrong in a week or two when I get back there.
    Just reaffirms that I should continue to do my own maintenance.
    Mojo
     
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    Did all of them except my 00. Nothing to it!
     

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