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    Been a licenced automotive mechanic since 1984. Until my arthritic hands can't turn a screwdriver I'm the only guy touching my stuff.

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    I do all work on my TW myself. But being a mechanic for a living is both a blessing and a curse. It means I have the technical know how to do most jobs or at least figure it out. But also means working on the bike feels like work and I just don’t really enjoy it anymore.
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    I guess there is one way I enjoy working on my TW, and that is designing, and fabricating custom parts. I have a background in graphic design and art in general so any new medium that challenges my creativity is enjoyable to me.

    It's stsrting to look like the last vote option are not as frequent on the site....I imagined that would be some of the adventure riding members who like sharing adventure stories/pics. I guess we'll likely see some votes there eventually.

    It seems like one of the main reasons we're drawn to this little monster (aside from tires) is the ability to work on them ourselves.
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    I spent 7 years as a m/c mechanic/service manager. Mechanics who are knowledgeable, conscientious and have a good work ethic are few and far between in my experience. In seven years I had only one that I would want working on my bike and that was after several years of training him. He went on to wrench for factory Suzuki national pro motocross riders for many years and just recently retired. My memory is not what it used to be but I've been riding since 1965 and I don't think any of my bikes have ever been to a shop. At least that I can remember.
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    I work on my bike and I enjoy it, but dont have time. I'd love to have someone else work on it but the local guy that came highly recommended let me down.
    So I would have loved to have my work done so that I could just enjoy the bike but instead I spent half my vacation wrenching.
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    TW's are reliable bikes and don't need much work except for normal maintenance. But
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    I do all my own work on every bike I own.

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    Yes I do my own work and yes I enjoy it! Having the satisfaction that you are able to do it yourself and can do it right is a fine feeling. I have a big job coming up - valve replacement. I also have a "highly recommended local guy" whom I will likely never meet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverwing View Post
    TW's are reliable bikes and don't need much work except for normal maintenance. But
    I agree with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Woman View Post
    I guess there is one way I enjoy working on my TW, and that is designing, and fabricating custom parts. I have a background in graphic design and art in general so any new medium that challenges my creativity is enjoyable to me.
    I hear ya!
    Could you design a TW rear wheel that weighs less than a locomotive wheel? I'll be your first customer!
    Wouldn't an aluminum alloy rear hoop be just wonderful?
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