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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-19-2007, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Who works on your bike?

What dealership or shop does everyone take thier bike to?
I'm interested in specifics. Names of places, kudos or horror stories.
Things you wish your shop did or falls short on.
I'm so glad I found a shop that does....BLANK.....

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When i can't fix something on my race bike I take it to a good friend of mine who is a the head mechanic at the Zone honda kawasaki near midway airport.
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When i can't fix something on my race bike I take it to a good friend of mine who is a the head mechanic at the Zone honda kawasaki near midway airport.
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If I can't fix it myself, I learn. If thats impractical for whatever reason then the guys at The Zone are the only ones I trust.

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talk to Mark. he is the owner he does all types of bike work from jap to euro to american...the guy is a wizz as far as i can tell, plus he doesnt charge full scale when it comes to labor rates...he even has his own dyno for bikes...

his # is 630-736-0360...he has done work to 2 of my bikes...i totally trust him...and yes its from sportbikes to full dress harleys he works on...even big dogs...mark works on every type of bike and everything under the sun...he helped build a dedication bike for indian larry after he died...he did alot of work himself...he can weld EVERYTHING...including alum...

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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Mostly, I do all my own work (and if I need help I ask my dad and/or my brother).

But, if I had to take it to a dealer, it would be to Tom at Schaumburg Honda.

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Typically i do the work myself but when i do run into a problem or issue that i DO NOT want to touch i refer to the advice of the board. Word of mouth and or reputation beats all advertisements as far as i am concerned!

As mentioned earlier---i stay AWAY from DGY just because of the MANY horror stories!
Which shop do you go to and what kind of work you looking to get done?

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I do almost all the work on my bikes. I have a pretty close friend that is a tool and die maker/motorcycle mechanic. He has helped me build the last couple motors of mine. I am getting to the point where I can almost build the whole thing myself. Literature/tools/resources/patience are all key to working on your own equipement. Valley racing in Beecher does my Dyno tuning. I can usually get a motorcycle pretty close on a air/fuel ratio, but on the race bike to actually put it on the Dyno and tweaked is key.

I have never and will never take my bike to a dealership for service. If you do you are asking for an ass packing.

What kind of work are you looking to have done? Most common service needed on motorcycles is simple stuff.

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I head out to Vandercooks Speed Shop - The owner is a tool but he knows his shit - If they are booked, I try to squeeze in at Estaban's Performance but the speed bumps in the alley are a bitch to deal with - Other than that, I look to velcro and duct tape

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I head out to Vandercooks Speed Shop - The owner is a tool but he knows his shit - If they are booked, I try to squeeze in at Estaban's Performance but the speed bumps in the alley are a bitch to deal with - Other than that, I look to velcro and duct tape


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Speed bumps
That scared the living shit outta me - Thought the Bus was goin down like Mopar on a stripper

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there is tons of threads around here from just about every dealership, on good or bad

just do a search on there name.

from my experience i have seen where people went and had problems were mostly from miscommunication of not asking as many questions as they should of. sure there has been times were the dealer or shop made a mistake, another thing i have learned from seeing is that poeple didn't correctly handle the situation. instead of calling and talking the issue out they would rant about it online. which does nothing but increase the frustration of both parties.

regardless of who does the work, ask questions and asked to be notified of any changes or findings. any work that will require extra cost that wasn't spoken about prior.

and foremost if there is an issue TALK to THEM instead of ranting on the internet like a child.

best over all service and honesty i have ever personally dealt with a shop and seeing from others, is 4&6 performance, which is now

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I need to make an appointment for some fiddy work.
bent bars, air fuel mixture etc

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I need to make an appointment for some fiddy work.
bent bars, air fuel mixture etc
Just so you schedule properly that is 20 minutes of 50 work and 4 hours of beer drinking. Then another 40 minutes of 50 work to fix the stuff Underdog breaks on it.

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FTW?

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Grasshoppers shit rigging and hack shop, you race it, beat the snot out it, break it, crash it, we shit rig it.

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For The Win.
I thought it was a "Fuck The World" statement which would bring me to my next question, "Tell me about your childhood"

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Considering the source, it could also mean:

Fuck The Wookie

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Considering the source, it could also mean:

Fuck The Wookie
or Free The Wookies since the Empire did enslave the race, which Vcook was probably pissed about.



Back to the thread. I've had my bikes worked on at The Zone, as well. Good job. Like previous said, do not go to DGY.

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the only thing i wouldnt mess with on my bikes is internals, forks,engine. used Matt from MD racing for that. everything else i did and enjoyed. after some of the horror storys of banjo bolts with no holes, or missing bolts, id prefer to take care of the simple stuff myself so i knew it was getting done. sorta became a saftey freak with the bike.

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I take both my bikes to Honda House in Elmhurst. I know one of the mechanics (Bob) there and he takes good care of me. They also have a Suzuki tech there that works on my Busa. Good people, pretty fair.

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Good idea for the 'search shops by name" idea.
Actually, the reason I'm asking is research.
I'm a motorcycle mechanic (MMI grad) and would like to find a good shop to work at or do something on my own. I worked briefly at Chicago Cycle (let's just say it wasn't a good fit for me) and @ British Parts Chicago (can we say liar,thief,payed me only if I bugged him aboout it ,double charging credit cards, mail fraud and anything else you can think of.)
This has left a bad taste in my mouth.
I know lots of people who would like me to do work for them but I don't have a space to work or a table lift.
I'm looking for a good place to work or trying to decide if I want to risk everything, go into debt and open a little shop of my own.
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Good idea for the 'search shops by name" idea.
Actually, the reason I'm asking is research.
I'm a motorcycle mechanic (MMI grad) and would like to find a good shop to work at or do something on my own. I worked briefly at Chicago Cycle (let's just say it wasn't a good fit for me) and @ British Parts Chicago (can we say liar,thief,payed me only if I bugged him aboout it ,double charging credit cards, mail fraud and anything else you can think of.)
This has left a bad taste in my mouth.
I know lots of people who would like me to do work for them but I don't have a space to work or a table lift.
I'm looking for a good place to work or trying to decide if I want to risk everything, go into debt and open a little shop of my own.
Its a risk in this area of the country. The sport is seasonal. If you are willing to move, monitor classified ads in Cycle News, Road Racing World, and many other magazines for job opportunities.

Didn't MMI have an employment assistance program? I'm curious how your job search turns out. I love the sport, I love riding, wrenching and anything and everything that has to do with motorcycles. But I've always been afraid to make it my job. I think it would ruin it for me.

Good luck, and go with your gut when taking a job. If it doesn't feel rite, don't take it.

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