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So, on my VLX Shadow, I kinda did the 600 miles check-up myself and tried to go through the bike as thoroughly as possible. Changed oil, re-torqued anything I could put a wrench on, adjusted valves. Well, I bought a 2007 1300vtx retro and am wondering how many of you guys did the 600 miles thing yourself and what else you check or look for. I have always worked on cars, but the VLX was the first bike I ever messed with. Any of you guys with any hints or things that really need checking at 600 miles, I would appreciate any input, even if it sounds dumb, like checking tire pressure. Sometimes we miss things that seem VERY obvious. So, that's the first thing. The next thing is I've ordered the 1800 all balls bearings and want to try and replace them myself. How many of you have done this that hadn't much bike (mechanical) experience? In a car, if I mess something up, it's a little better survival rate should something go wrong. If I mess something up on the bike, injuries could be way worse. Just want to be careful. Also, I want to switch the bearing as soon as possible so no weird wear develops on an otherwise new tire. I'm also going to do the progressive springs up front, but that looks semi-easy. Thanks for any hints, tips, or any input of any kind!


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I just have the dealership do mine. I would check on your waranty and make sure if you are doing your own services under waranty that it is still good.
 

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Curtis,

Check the tech board as well as the C.R.A.P. board for pointers on the bearing changes etc....if you're handy with the tools (apparently you do wrenching on your car), you can do 95% of the work on the scooter with the appropriate tools & tech info.

As far as 'checking the air'....you should be doing that before every ride or at least 1x per week. The 600 miler should be used to have the dealer check and re-check the torques/idle/brakes etc - that's what they're paid to do anyhow - just keep in mind, as a newbie, this board is going to lay it on deep and heavy about 'stealerships' - and rightfully so.

Just don't let them charge you to change the blinker fluid, shaft fluid....damn what else am I forgetting gang!?!?! :lol:
 
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