Puget Sound Safety Motorcycle Maintenance Classes

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Gitana, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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  2. Steven

    Steven Been here awhile

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    I took both the level 1 and level 2 classes. I found them to be very informative and well worth the money.
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  3. Northwest Cajun

    Northwest Cajun Been here awhile

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    We are signed up for the one next month in Tacoma. Looking forward to it
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  4. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    Gitana, the local V-Strom crowd does really good tech days several times a year as well. Valves, TBS, suspension, pretty much anything... Next one probably isn't until the spring, and they'll be posted in the Northwest regionals section of Stromtrooper.
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  5. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    The course seems like it would be informative. However all of that info is readily availiable on the internet for free, combine that with directing the course cost towards a factory service manual, and going to hang out at a more mechanically savy riders place for some tech days and I think you would be ahead in knowledge for about the same cost...
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  6. Grantizzle

    Grantizzle Been here awhile

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    Agreed.

    OP, post up what you would be interested in learning and I'm sure you'll get a few guys offering to show you what you want to know.
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  7. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    I went ahead and signed up for the class. And I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for when the next V-Strom tech day is offered. I just purchased a (new to me) 2008 WeeStrom and picked it up in Prosser on Friday. Got it back and rode it into the house so that I can work on it in warmth and comfort rather than my cold, dark garage.

    I've never wrenched on my bike. With previous bikes, I've relied on the dealer for most maintenance, which I can no longer afford to do. I've rebuilt car engines, so I figure that it can't be all that different. I'm doing an oil change next week since I have no idea whether or not the bike is running fossil or synthetic fuel (bike was a repo). The chain needs to be cleaned and lubed. I'd like to learn how to change the chain, change tires, change brake pads, the basics of the electrical system, how to do emergency repairs when out in the middle of nowhere. I want to be as self-sufficient as possible. I have a three week trip planned for this summer and want to be better prepared. I have a service manual on order; it should be here sometime next week.
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  8. SportsGuy

    SportsGuy icanhazdirt?

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    As great as our FJR Tech Days are here in the PNW, I'm still considering taking this basic maintenance course. Nothing beats hands on with a professional instructor to help you build confidence. The gang I ride/wrench with is top notch, and I never doubt the work we do, but I often feel a bit odd constantly asking questions, etc. Paying an instructor kinda removes that admittedly personal barrier. :)

    Plus, I really like the idea of basic overall coverage across all the main areas of the bike. During our tech days we're more focused on specific jobs folks need done, and it's unlikely I'll need to sync my throttle bodies on the side of the road. ;)
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  9. nwmcrider123

    nwmcrider123 n00b

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    I also took level 1 and found it to be really informative. I'm fairly new as a rider and didn't want to "break" anything on my bike by trying to do my own maintenance. I'm much more confident now and I've made many adjustments to my bike to make it more comfortable and safer to ride. (even the little things help)

    Hope this helps
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  10. ducpilot

    ducpilot Been here awhile

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    BMW charges $99 an hour for shop labor... if you learn one thing that saves you even 1 hour its a wash! :evil

    Better yet if you learn 1 thing that you would have screwed up learning to do it on your own then it's a winner :D
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  11. olygirl

    olygirl Been here awhile

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    So how was the class?

    I feel I know a lot of what is listed for the first level. Beyond the benefit of possibly meeting some new locals (which I really want to do!) I'm not sure it's worth the money. I could look into the second level, but they say you really should take level 1 and I'm not so sure that, like stated above, I can't figure that stuff out from books, interwebs, and late night calls to friends.

    I'm thinking I should spend the money on buying beer to feed to the friend that offered to help me chase down the problems with my bikes.

    Opinions?
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  12. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    What bike(s) do you have? You may be best off going with a local enthusiast group and buying them beer, assuming they're good about teaching you while working on the bikes. The local Wee Strom owners are pretty good about that :freaky
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