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post #1 of 8 Old 04-07-2019, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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It started!

Today I filled my tank with new gas and installed the battery. It started right up and rides great. Super excited for my first full season of riding.

My question is..... Is there anything else I should do as far as maintenance for a new season? I don't want to fall behind and run into problems.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-07-2019, 06:01 PM
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  • oil change
  • check tires for cracks and pressure
  • check brake pads and shoes
  • grease swingarm
  • check spark plugs
  • flush and replace front brake fluid
  • check exhaust nuts for torque - and all nuts generally around the bike
  • empty puke tube
  • clean air filter / replace
  • edit your signature to tell us what year bike you have
  • check chain tension and sprocket wear

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-07-2019, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much! Wow lol! I have lots to study and do.

Guess I will dig out my shop manual and start with what looks the easiest. Thank you again!
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-07-2019, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Working on adding my year. Thought it be easy. Not
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-07-2019, 08:22 PM
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Look in my signature for a link on posting your model info.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-07-2019, 11:13 PM
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If you have the OWNERS manual, just look in it and find the maintenance schedule. Do everything on it. Including the valves. However, if the bike is in good condition, I wouldn't remove the swing arm or front forks. That kind of thing can be done during non riding season if it needs to be done. I put 128,000 miles on a Kawasaki 750 over 17 years, and never had the swing arm, steering head, or forks apart. Change the oil every 1000 miles. Super easy, doesn't hold much and there is no filter to deal with.

While your riding season is just beginning, mine is about over. I live in Phoenix, AZ, and it is just too hot to ride here in the summer. It was 95 degrees today. Fortunately I was able to get quite a bit of riding in during the winter.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-08-2019, 12:47 PM
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In-Line fuel filter if it doesn't have one already, it will save you from the next 2 or 3 carb cleanings

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HRF Answer #1 You should take the MSF Rider Course
HRF Answer #2 You need to clean your carburetor
HRF Answer #3 Sorry we assumed if you didn't say otherwise
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Thanks kryton! I did put one on last year. That was an easy fix.
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