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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Made a tough decision this morning.

Like everyone else, I have a shopping list for mods that runs the length of my arm (no I'm not a midget, so it's a long list). My birthday is coming up and I've dropped some not so subtle hints to my wife for accessories I'd like to pick up. Unfortunately I've made the decision to put them on the back burner for a more practical reason: a J&S lift.

I hit the 5k mile mark this week and it's time for some regular service. I put a lot of miles on my new friend in a short amount of time, and don't see the rate slowing down anytime soon. So regular maintenance is going to be a more frequent activity. Tire, oil, fork, all sorts of good stuff. Reading a lot of threads around here about dealer and service shops completely screwing up routine maintenance, I've decided to take matters into my own hands. The Victory dealer a few miles from my house even offers free oil changes with the purchase of a Victory oil kit. Know what? I'm STILL am not comfortable with them touching my bike. Nothing against them at all. I just don't want to find out the hard way that they could possibly be employing less than adequate techs. My thoughts are invest in the lift now, and I KNOW I'll be able to accomplish anything down the road, including any mods I decide. Which I will be performing myself. Anything from new cams to LED blinkers and everything in between.

Not that happy about the decision, and yes I could go with a wheel chock. That isn't going to help with fork oil, tire changes, laying on the garage floor for oil changes, etc. Trust me, I'd love different exhaust, intake, etc. sooner than later. At least this way I know I will be able to do all these things and more with a one time investment in a quality, American made tool.

Practical decisions suck sometimes, but that's what they are; practical. Plus I'd like to think I would be just as happy knowing who did the work and how it was done, good or bad. I still have a serious issue with dropping my bike of somewhere and walking away to leave it in the hands of.....who? Almost feel sick just thinking about it.
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Probably a wise decision! Stuff can come when it comes and maybe, because you're not in a rush, there might be a deal or two. Fortunatly, I have trust and faith in my Victory tech and save my time, (but not my cash) for other things.
There are far too many dealerships 'round the country that have no certified techs and they seem to think all bikes are the same. Wrong!!
Even the ones that have "certified" techs don't realize there's a big difference between certified and "qualified".

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All,
Re-read Kingslys post and ignore all the blah, blah, blah and I bet you'll see that he meant to say:

"I'm buying a bike lift and a manual so if you live close by I have a place for you to work on your bike. I also keep my beer fridge stocked and always have something ready to throw on the grill"

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All,
Re-read Kingslys post and ignore all the blah, blah, blah and I bet you'll see that he meant to say:

"I'm buying a bike lift and a manual so if you live close by I have a place for you to work on your bike. I also keep my beer fridge stocked and always have something ready to throw on the grill"
Wow, if he really meant to say it like that, I need to get myself moved out to Phoenix, AZ a lot sooner than I was planning!

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Im in..Im sure thats what he was sayin....I will bring beer for the fridge..and the hot Chicks with bikes

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Re-read Kingslys post and ignore all the blah, blah, blah and I bet you'll see that he meant to say:

"I'm buying a bike lift and a manual so if you live close by I have a place for you to work on your bike. I also keep my beer fridge stocked and always have something ready to throw on the grill"
All I can think is:
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All joking aside. Friends are always welcome, close or not.
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Sweet so does this mean your man cave can accommodate all of us?
So do we need to start a list of who is bringing what. I will bring the music. Hope everyone likes metal music. Nothing like working jamming to some motorhead.

Congratulations i an sure you will enjoy the lift.

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Your profile doesn't say what kind of bike you have.

I started working on my bike cause I didn't have the money to pay some one same with my car.
You have to get a service manual and read it twice and do the work once. We have more time then money so go slow and you'll have less mistakes.
With victory's we don't need a lot of tools and if you have one of the models that has a frame under neath the motor heres a old school trick.
With a buddy of a wife and a bunch of 2x4's you can get the bike off the ground. Just lean the bike to one side and slid just enough 2x4's under the frame to touch it. Now do the other side. Now lean the bike and add a 2x4 and lean the other way and add a 2x4 just keep this up till you get it where you want it. Now getting it down lean one way and pull a 2x4 and then do the other side.
You'll never get the bike high enough to drop a tire straight down but you will get it high enough so you can get it out at a angle.

Know what you can do and can't do. Talk to your dealers mechanics and get to know them and then judge if they are smart enough to help you or work on your bike.

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Bunnies and pancakes are both tasty, do you have those in your shop too? Honestly I really do feel for you, it sucks when you have to get things you need before the things you want. I hope you recognized that I wasn't trying to belittle your situation, I was trying to throw a little humor in the mix in hopes that it would make it easier for you.

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