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My bike is a bit past 15k miles and I wanted to get it serviced. I called two places today. (DGY and Suzuki of Carol Stream) both gave widely different prices. Ken if you' could send me an estimate it would be appreciated. But I was wondering if anyone would be willing to come by my place or let me come by theirs to teach me how to do it. Im good with fluids but I dont know how to check and adjust all the other things(throttle, throttle boddies, etc) Any help would be appreciated.

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And if you all don't mind me tagging along and observing. I would like to service my own bike too. So far I've myself done:

1. oil changes (about 5 times)
2. replace air filter (got K&N)
3. installed Leo Vince (best mod ever)
4. installed Admore lights (had to after got rear ended)
5. replaced head light bulbs.

My bike has almost 15000 original miles and pretty soon I know I'm going to have to
1. Replace tires
2. Tune Up (change spark plugs)
3. Change coolants
4. ???

I think i can do 2&3 myself, but I would love to have someone teach me how to remove, install & balance tires.
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And if you all don't mind me tagging along and observing. I would like to service my own bike too. So far I've myself done:

1. oil changes (about 5 times)
2. replace air filter (got K&N)
3. installed Leo Vince (best mod ever)
4. installed Admore lights (had to after got rear ended)
5. replaced head light bulbs.

My bike has almost 15000 original miles and pretty soon I know I'm going to have to
1. Replace tires
2. Tune Up (change spark plugs)
3. Change coolants
4. ???

I think i can do 2&3 myself, but I would love to have someone teach me how to remove, install & balance tires.
Wholy crap--you put 15000 miles on a set of tires--slicks by now
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And if you all don't mind me tagging along and observing. I would like to service my own bike too. So far I've myself done:

1. oil changes (about 5 times)
2. replace air filter (got K&N)
3. installed Leo Vince (best mod ever)
4. installed Admore lights (had to after got rear ended)
5. replaced head light bulbs.

My bike has almost 15000 original miles and pretty soon I know I'm going to have to
1. Replace tires
2. Tune Up (change spark plugs)
3. Change coolants
4. ???

I think i can do 2&3 myself, but I would love to have someone teach me how to remove, install & balance tires.
Thein, i might be able to help you. feel free to give ma a call. leave a msg if i dont answer.

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And if you all don't mind me tagging along and observing. I would like to service my own bike too. So far I've myself done:

1. oil changes (about 5 times)
2. replace air filter (got K&N)
3. installed Leo Vince (best mod ever)
4. installed Admore lights (had to after got rear ended)
5. replaced head light bulbs.

My bike has almost 15000 original miles and pretty soon I know I'm going to have to
1. Replace tires
2. Tune Up (change spark plugs)
3. Change coolants
4. ???

I think i can do 2&3 myself, but I would love to have someone teach me how to remove, install & balance tires.
Spark plugs shouldn't be too bad, think of it as a small 4 cylinder like in a car.

Coolant is similar

Tires are hard to do yourself without the equipment, I usually pull the wheels and take them somewhere to have the tires replaced, then re-install myself.

Make sure when you re-install the rear tire you make sure the wheel is straight and the chain has the prper amunt of slack.

For both of you guys, I would find the service manual for the bike online. 15k is also not a bad time to check the chain/sprockets, and sometimes a valve check.

15k on either bike really isn't much, the service manual would give you step by step directions on how to do it, whether its do-able by yourself depends on your mechanical ability and the tools you have.
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For us cheap bastards, theres a car tire shop by Devon/Milwaukee that has replaced my tires for $10 each, both front and rear.

Of course do that at your own risk, pull all the spacers, etc off before so nthing gets lost, and they have to look at it before saying if they can do it.

They didn't balance either, but $10 and it only takes them 10mins works for me. They're good guys for car tires too.
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Wholy crap--you put 15000 miles on a set of tires--slicks by now
Surprisingly they look pretty good. I think it's my riding style. Although i ride very aggressively, I rarely use the brakes. Most rides on highways. I'm big on engine braking.

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Thein, i might be able to help you. feel free to give ma a call. leave a msg if i dont answer.
Thanks Verns, I plan to replace tires end of this season, or first thing next season. I should get about 6000 miles this year. 21000 miles too much? I'll post pictures of current tire soon.
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Surprisingly they look pretty good. I think it's my riding style. Although i ride very aggressively, I rarely use the brakes. Most rides on highways. I'm big on engine braking.
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I dont know that aggressively is the adjective I would use...
and certainly not if youre getting 15k from a tire, especially rear

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15k on the gsxr600's is the first interval for a valve check
chain/sprockets should be checked on regularly like every ride same with tires and brakes
its also an oil change interval
coolant should be done yearly, its only like 2 quarts in the entire system

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coolant should be swapped out once every other year.
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coolant should be swapped out once every other year.
Im way past due. How long is coolant shelf life?
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no mention of suspension refresh after 15K, even street riding, they still need to be refreshed

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Im way past due. How long is coolant shelf life?
on the shelf... forever, in use 1-2 years tops

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no mention of suspension refresh after 15K, even street riding, they still need to be refreshed
not a bad idea as well

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