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good/honest motorcycle mechanic in the gurnee/libertyville area

good/honest motorcycle mechanic in the gurnee/libertyville area

like the title says, i'm looking for a good and honest motorcycle mechanic in the gurnee/libertyville (and surrounding suburbs) for my 95 ninja.

i bought it used last summer, and want to get it checked out officially ... possibly a tune up, oil change, etc. anyone have any reccomendations?

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Was it running ok when you put it away for the winter?

I bet someone on here could even help you with an oil change and tune up (myself included). I can't imagine it would need more than new plugs, carb cleaning and a carb sync.
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This is what I would do. Look on the kawi forums for the service manual to your bike. I don't think the 500r has changed much. Spend the money that you would spend at a mechanic, and buy tools. Then learn how to do everything yourself. You will benefit much more from that. Also changing the oil is a piece of cake. Take the lowers off and pop the drain bolt, the filter is in the front.

syncing the carbs should be an easy job as well.
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This is what I would do. Look on the kawi forums for the service manual to your bike. I don't think the 500r has changed much. Spend the money that you would spend at a mechanic, and buy tools. Then learn how to do everything yourself. You will benefit much more from that. Also changing the oil is a piece of cake. Take the lowers off and pop the drain bolt, the filter is in the front.

syncing the carbs should be an easy job as well.
+1 Completely agree. The ex500/ninja 500 is super easy to work on. No one is going to do as good a job as you. If you have a mechanically inclined buddy drag him out to help you the first time.
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thanks for all the feedback guys! i appreciate it.

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If you'd like, stop by my place when it warms up and I can help ya out. Oil change is easy and we can even check out the spark plugs (got all the tools). I don't know much about carbs, but I'm sure someone else can help.

Now, before any of you other clowns chime in about my terrible maintenance record, I'd like to say that I've learnt a lot over the past year

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If you'd like, stop by my place when it warms up and I can help ya out. Oil change is easy and we can even check out the spark plugs (got all the tools). I don't know much about carbs, but I'm sure someone else can help.

Now, before any of you other clowns chime in about my terrible maintenance record, I'd like to say that I've learnt a lot over the past year

Yes, and I learned a lot from you Jay this past year; I'm very careful with my drain bolt and rear spacers thanks to you

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Go to 'Lake County Power Sports' on Grand Ave. in Waukegan. (Used to be 'Ron & Brian's' and 'R&B Motorsports' - have had some ownership issues the last three years but the employees are all the same!) (847) 623-2004 5 minutes East of Great America!

Ask for Marty to work on your bike. This guy builds race sleds, race-prepped my CBR600F4 a few years ago and rebuilt my VTX1800 after I uh. . . uh, had a low side. He's been a tech for twenty years and is great at all brands including Polini and Bombardier.

Because of the Waukegan location their prices are great too! Well worth the phone call!

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Yes, and I learned a lot from you Jay this past year; I'm very careful with my drain bolt and rear spacers thanks to you
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If you'd like, stop by my place when it warms up and I can help ya out. Oil change is easy and we can even check out the spark plugs (got all the tools). I don't know much about carbs, but I'm sure someone else can help.

Now, before any of you other clowns chime in about my terrible maintenance record, I'd like to say that I've learnt a lot over the past year
i'll keep this in mind. i'm definitely down to learn ...

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Go to 'Lake County Power Sports' on Grand Ave. in Waukegan. (Used to be 'Ron & Brian's' and 'R&B Motorsports' - have had some ownership issues the last three years but the employees are all the same!) (847) 623-2004 5 minutes East of Great America!

Ask for Marty to work on your bike. This guy builds race sleds, race-prepped my CBR600F4 a few years ago and rebuilt my VTX1800 after I uh. . . uh, had a low side. He's been a tech for twenty years and is great at all brands including Polini and Bombardier.

Because of the Waukegan location their prices are great too! Well worth the phone call!

thanks for the info. good to know about places local to the area.

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back from awhile ago ...

so i still need some help.

who is available the weekend of may 18th (either that saturday or sunday)?
i don't have any money, but i can feed you ... lol. also, if we will need some motorcycle specific tools, i'll need someone to bring those too.

i've charged the battery, but it still won't start. someone give me a checklist of stuff to get beforehand, so we can just try to knock it out.
1. oil change related (filter/oil)
2. spark plugs/distributor plugs

thanks for the help. my excessive newbie-ness is showing! lol.

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Go to 'Lake County Power Sports' on Grand Ave. in Waukegan. (Used to be 'Ron & Brian's' and 'R&B Motorsports' - have had some ownership issues the last three years but the employees are all the same!) (847) 623-2004 5 minutes East of Great America!

Ask for Marty to work on your bike. This guy builds race sleds, race-prepped my CBR600F4 a few years ago and rebuilt my VTX1800 after I uh. . . uh, had a low side. He's been a tech for twenty years and is great at all brands including Polini and Bombardier.

Because of the Waukegan location their prices are great too! Well worth the phone call!
i'm going to call them this week. thanks!

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Yes, and I learned a lot from you Jay this past year; I'm very careful with my drain bolt and rear spacers thanks to you
Hahahaha! Beat me to it. Jay has come a long way. I may cross him off my list. If Achapman comes at you with a drill, run!!!!!!

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If you're still looking, you may want to talk to Keith Bruett who owns High Performance Racing in Antioch (847-395-5010). He bailed me out with my quad recently and works on just about anything and everything. Cheapest guy around and he took care of me big time and within a very short time period too.
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I've heard good things about Keith Bruett who owns High Performance Racing in Antioch. Young guy and not a big name dealer but an honest guy that's into our sport!

I know that Nielsen's does decent work but they're not cheap.

Everyone I know tells me to stay away from Libertyville because they're crooks but I've never been there.

That guy Rob at Lake Shore Harley is good. Runs the Dino and is supposed to be a good tech from Jap to Harley.

Find Paul Bounds! I think he's at Woodfield Motorsports. Races 2 strokes in CCS and is an expert tech. I've never heard a complaint and people seem to follow him where ever he is.

That's my , hope that helps.
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from all the calls i made yesterday, i've learned a few things.

1. neilsen is not cheap by any means
2. i talked to bryan from lake county, and they seem a lil more helpful (cheaper)
3. i work by woodfield motorsports ... and every time i go, they treat me really bad, so that's a for sure - NO GO.

i am going to try to do what i can to save some loot. we'll see what happens.
thanks for all the feedback everyone.

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Thats a easy job to replace the oil and sparkplug. Where in lake county you live ?
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my gf has the same bike. Ive done carb work and various other things to it so i am somewhat familiar with the bike maybe me and rvt2002 can help

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cool. my bike is at my sister's place off of dilleys and grand. we can see great america from her house.

if you guys are free that weekend, feel free to pull through

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thanks. pm'd you back

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my gf has the same bike. Ive done carb work and various other things to it so i am somewhat familiar with the bike maybe me and rvt2002 can help
cool. what do you have to do for "carb work"? oil change, spark plug - i can pick up what we need for that at pep boys or autozone right? what else will we need.

pm if you can make it on th 19th. it would be cool if we all can get this work done, and help me save some money.

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Im not sure if the ex-500 used oil filter, if it does you need that ,oil and a carb cleaner
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how long does all this stuff take? that way i can let my sister/bro-in-law how long we're gonna need in their garage. thx.

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2-3 hrs ????
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cool. got some spark plugs, found an oil filter from the box of stuff the previous owner gave me (lloks in good condition). gonna pick up some oil and carb cleaner today from autozone on the way home from work.

that's it, right? can't wait. it's supposed to be nice this weekend.

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