Dealership mechanics WTF ???

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by skipman, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. Academy

    Academy Been here awhile

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    So I just broke 200 miles on my new 990R.

    should I find a private mechanic to make sure my bike was set up correctly by the dealer?
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  2. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    Is your bike that kind of chick that get's passed around in the group?
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  3. skipman

    skipman Been here awhile

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    If they sell them I would think you're ok
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  4. skipman

    skipman Been here awhile

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    Easy man....she's a bitch but not a slut.....:rofl
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  5. skipman

    skipman Been here awhile

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    After calling ktm cust. srevice they told me to take it to KTMworld in atlanta...so i did, the next day i get a call saying it's fixed.....so fukn happy...finally. The other shop bent a rod for the secondary butterflys,throttle body not seated into boots correctly,wrong map in ecu,wires either plugged in wrong or not plugged in at all, and even put the damn fuse block on upside down!!!!!!!how fukn stupid can u be????:huhreally....THANK YOU KTMworld!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
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  6. slidewayes

    slidewayes slidewayes

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    I would much rather buy new tools to put in my box then finance someone else's box +1 on first farkle is a manual
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  7. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    It's a free farkle, easy to find on the interwebz.
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  8. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Most shops dont pay a mechanic enough to justify staying employed there,so they sometimes end up with hacks wrenching on customer's bikes.
    Gotta have a mechanic so they end up with who ever will do the work.

    Bikes are complicated these days,if I cant work on it my self,I dont buy it.
    90.00 an hour for someone to maybe fix it right?

    I dont think so.
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  9. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    For awhile I brought in bikes for the first service for warranty purposes, but realized soon enough that all the mods I did probably voided the warranty anyway. Now I do all the work on my bikes. As others have said, just get a shop manual. Valve checks on my 690 are easy. It helps to have been doing it for many years, and learning that you MUST use the right tool, and if something is not going right it is a good idea to stop and think about it overnight if possible. I can't imagine what it would cost to have a shop do all the work I do on my bikes. A small fortune no doubt. If I am prepping my bike for a big event I try and get all the work done a couple of weeks in advance and do a ride or two just to make sure everything is right. The worst thing is to be doing last minute late night work. Fatigue makes mistakes more possible and no time to test!
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  10. SpeedyR

    SpeedyR SE in the SE

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    ktmworld/Highland park is good to go in both locations. Many of the employees are former road racing people (paul the owner also owned and ran the old Marietta Motorsports for a long time before selling the name to the new owner (who is also good to go with bike mechanic stuff). Hard to go wrong with that crowd.

    plus the riding there (cedartown, highland park) is awesome.
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  11. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    I know a great KTM mechanic... but I'm not going to tell you who he is. :wink:

    After owning three KTM 950's and pretty much having experienced 'almost' every type of breakdown and mechanical failure, I'm getting pretty good at working on my own bikes.
    And the best thing is, when the bike does break down, I'm always there to fix it.
    Q~
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  12. GoNOW

    GoNOW Long timer

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    I wish I could find good customers. I spent an hour past closing, off the clock, getting a bike fixed for the customer that they just had to have for the weekend. Then they don't pick it up for 2 weeks. And when they do, they gripe about the price.
    I really wonder why I am in this business.
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  13. skipman

    skipman Been here awhile

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    ^^ bet most mechs. doesn't do that....You obivously don't work in augusta ga. lol.....I would love to have a good mech. myself...i don't so i usually do the work myslf,,,just didn't have time, from now on... i wil make time...
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  14. 1050rat

    1050rat Adventurer

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    Gotta agree with the DIY approach even if you are a novice like moi.

    There is no better feeling than riding your bike knowing everything is torqued correctly with the right fuel map with a whole front axle instead of a chopped down version....

    Changed my own brake and clutch fluid recently (right specs don't worry!) and whilst this is no big deal in the face of it to many the newbie like me gets a real sense of achievement from it.

    Building up to a valve check next year !! Do you really need to if bike is running well as opposed to rough ?!!

    Cheers
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  15. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    My whole passion and piggybank is in motorbikes and wrenching. When ppl ask me why i don't wrench bikes for a living i have to explain the things you live by day to day.
    Everybody want's their bike 110% and on the moment they demand it, but every penny they have to pay is too much for them.

    I wrench in marine engines after my normal working hours and if i did not have a boss that took all the shit from the consumers i would have commited atleast 5 murders by now.
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