Sacrificing my mods
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.