Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: southern Arizona, USA
If you plan to do much you do need to order the shop manual. I try to do the routine maintenance; the worst item to date was stripping the head and cams when replacing the shims (under bucket) doing the NX250's valve adjustment.
Also, I am old and lazy. My local independent bike shop charges $15/wheel to install tires that you order from them (they are price competitive) so I remove the wheels and take them to the shop when it is time for a new tire or two.
Being retired permits me to consider my bikes to be "hobbies", so there is sufficient time to do the work. However, I would rather be riding than wrenching.
John '14CB500XA (White), '09CRF230L (L'il Red Piglet), '89NX250 (sold, White)
The White Bike Clan
Because nothing is more visible than the white bike!
Nekkid motorcycles feel faster
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1st bike: a slightly used 1958 Matchless 250 thumper