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Old 06-30-2014, 08:33 AM   #1
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Anyone know of an off road oriented Honda dealer?

I usually ride a Honda XR650L, and ride it off road quite a bit. I was curious if anyone knew of a Honda shop in the north or central Jersey or surrounding, area, that is into off road and/or racing. Just looking for ideas because so far the shops I've tried haven't really worked out. Appreciate any tips...
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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Burgers in Three Rivers often has customer dirt bikes out front when I pass/stop by.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:58 AM   #3
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Trying to read between the lines, but still not sure exactly what you are after. Try R&D Honda in Palmerton PA. Local shop run by regular guys.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:29 AM   #4
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I'll second Burgers, picked up my DL650 there a few months back, think they had the full line-up of red offroad/DS bikes crammed in there.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:31 AM   #5
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Well, it's a long story, but my bike is at Burger's now, for a $2400 top end rebuild due to negligence of another shop. I suggested a stage 1 Hotcam since they were replacing the camshaft (a pretty normal mod for this bike) and I was strongly discouraged- "then you're going to need a bigger carb, and you're just opening a can of worms for yourself!"

I was just wondering if there's a reliable dirt oriented shop that's also Honda oriented, like an XR's Only of the east coast?

And mheitman, if you want to to know the whole long story, I can pm you. Let me know...
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:55 AM   #6
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no need. Give R&D a call, not sure what they will say, but out of Warranty - I don't think they would care. Your money, your ride.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:14 AM   #7
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:36 PM   #8
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Thanks!

Thanks Eddie Bolted, that's the kind of info I'm looking for. It's a little far, 2+ hrs, but might be where I need to go.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:30 PM   #9
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$2400 for a top end on a single cylinder thumper what a rip off. Should be more like $1000.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:57 PM   #10
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$2400 for a top end on a single cylinder thumper what a rip off. Should be more like $1000.
Yeah, I know. But, if I said no, I had to pay them $240 and they hand me the motor in a box. The parts alone were $350 more than Motosport.com. That's why I thought of going with some performance parts, but the service manager was heavily against it.

The motor was already completely rebuilt by a shop in Eatontown and on my way home the drain plug fell out, and I low sided on the GSP. It wasn't running quite right after I got it back, so after a lot of back and forth with the shop, I decided to bring it to a Honda dealer. My mistake….
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:35 PM   #11
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I have an entire good top end if you want to go back to stock I munched the bottom end with 4000 miles on the clock & just swapped in a new motor.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:01 PM   #12
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Hey thanks for the offer, but they should be done any day now. I figured to start asking around now, for next time.
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Old Yesterday, 02:47 PM   #13
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Follow up

Well, finally got my XR back. $2800. In addition to the piston, rings, cylinder, camshaft, rockers, they said the camchain gear on the crank was bad, too, so they replaced that and the chain for another $340.

I don't think the shop did anything wrong per se, and the bike runs okay, but I think it was too expensive, and took a month, so I won't be going back them. Hope I don't need to get anything fixed for a long time. Watch out for the those Pine Barrens water holes!!!!
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Old Yesterday, 03:16 PM   #14
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What that guy said

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Trying to read between the lines, but still not sure exactly what you are after. Try R&D Honda in Palmerton PA. Local shop run by regular guys.

What mheitman said. Local shop run by regular guys who aren't full of shit. Have not ever had one single negative experience.

Don't know if $2800 is too much.....how much were all the parts?
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I forget what total parts was, but they were full list price. Rocky Mountain ATV was over $350 less for the same factory parts.
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