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Old 08-08-2014, 03:59 AM   #1
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Home Maintenance ?

If you HAD to do your own maintenance on one of the following bikes,

CB500X
DL650/2
Guzzi V7
Sportster 1200
Hinckley Bonneville

Which one in terms of cost & ease would you be buying

Cheers,Graham.

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Old 08-08-2014, 04:09 AM   #2
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:42 AM   #3
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this is a good method for choosing your next ride
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:02 AM   #4
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this is a good method for choosing your next ride
It is why I bought my V7.

So of course, I vote V7. Although the maintenance is more often, it is super simple. Even easier than an airhead BMW because the jugs are perky and look up at you. There is a ton of good information out there, even software to access the ECU to do your own tuning. I call it my open source motorcycle.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:05 AM   #5
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:51 AM   #6
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Yeah, no valve adjustment on the Sportster.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:00 AM   #7
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Sportster. The only thing easier than a valve adjust on an airhead is not having to do it at all.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:25 AM   #8
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:39 AM   #9
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I'm looking for another old Triumph just so I can have something to work on.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:49 AM   #10
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:11 AM   #11
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Sportster 1200
^^^ This ^^^ I have 30k on mine. Tires and oil changes, and, uhm,err...that's it.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:23 AM   #12
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The sportster has two fluids to change, the engine and the primary/clutch, plus they are all heavy pigs with no suspension or lean angle.

V7 is the way to go.

But its not like any modern bike takes much looking after, only the bikes with valve shims are a pain if you have to adjust them.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:27 PM   #13
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:56 PM   #14
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not on your list, but here is my experience of my Suzuki c50 volusia having done 65000 ks of my own maintainance

fuel injection looks after itself

shaft drive looks after itself with the proviso that you grease the drive shaft with the correct grease at every tyre change, they forgot the grease at the factory

oil and filter change which being a bit of an oil freak I do every 3000/6000 ks takes half hour tops with filter and normal 20/50 oil

air filter change takes 5 minutes

valves I never worry about them never touched valves on any of my cars/bikes including a Mitsubishi 4 cylinder petrol and a Toyota turbo diesel both of which did 400000 plus with no engine problems. I think my oil change policy is cheap insurance for both the valves and engine in general. if you do want to do the valves it appears to be a fiddly job with typical poor v twin access and would probably take a few hours of frustration

brakes single disc front drum rear both appear simple enough I am still on the originals

spark plugs still on originals according to the internet maybe an hour to change

bike has had a 20 plus year model run and is still current and heaps of internet support should u need it

battery just changed mine half hour job the original yuasa lasted 7 years replaced it with another yuasa good value despite being expensive

bike has never let me down despite my simplistic maintainance style

just a thought for you, good luck with whatever you choose
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:07 PM   #15
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Is there any other way besides doing your OWN maintenance? Don't be fluffy and pay someone else. Better yet expand your list and get something older. Spend less enjoy more.

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If you HAD to do your own maintenance on one of the following bikes,

CB500X
DL650/2
Guzzi V7
Sportster 1200
Hinckley Bonneville

Which one in terms of cost & ease would you be buying

Cheers,Graham.
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