Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winfield, IL, USA
Test Ride. Now What?
I've never done anything more than change the oil and filter on my bikes before. But after reading this board a thousand times, I just finished up doing the following maintenance items, all for the first time on my own:
Installed quick disconnects on the fuel lines
Changed fuel filter
Changed air filter
Bled/flushed clutch line
Installed Spiegler brake lines
Installed new brake pads front and rear
Installed new rotors front and rear
Bled all brake line circuits
Installed Speedbleeders on front, rear and ABS unit
Checked/adjusted valve clearances - pulled intake and exhaust cams
Changed tranny oil
Changed rear drive oil
Rebuilt steering damper
My wife and riding partner had only one request of me: that I take the test ride without her!
I survived it. To my amazement, I didn't even get any ABS error lights. What a relief.
Before I replace all the tupperware in addition to inspecting for leaks, is there anything I should look for or listen for or test? Remember, I've never done any of this work before and if anything could go wrong, it probably already did.
All the credit in the world goes to the participants and pioneers on this board who gave me the courage to leap into the unknown and get these things done. I will tell you that before I started, I didn't own a torque wrench but now have three. Didn't know what a valve bucket was but not have a few extras. Didn't even own a full set of metric wrenches.
The bike has 60,000 miles on it and I'm ready to ride this weekend. Your suggestions on testing all the systems before hitting the open road are appreciated.
2000 K1200LT Champagne
2004 R1150RT Silver