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15k and counting.

Here's a repost of my post at advrider:

Just got done doing my 15,000 miles service. I put new plugs in (NGK CR9EIA-9), and while I was there I removed the sub-throttle plates, and the snorkles from the air box. I replaced the front sprocket with a new 15-tooth JT Sprockets Steel Sprocket. I replaced the rear sprocket with a 43-tooth Sunstar Triplestar (I ordered a 44 but they sent me a 43, and I'm impatient so **** it). I replaced the chain with a 140 link, #520, D.I.D. Gold X-ring chain with my new chain tool (first time I've done that, so I probably did it wrong, but oh well) Installed another AM44 (H compound) Avon Distanzia rear tire (160/60-17). I also changed the oil and filter.

I'm not quite ready to buy a shim kit or a feeler gauge to do my own valve inspection/adjustment, so I dropped my bike off at a local bike shop to let them deal with it. I put a little paint and a piece of clear tape I wrote my name on, on the backside of the engine/valve cover joint. I'll check and see if it's broken to at least see if the engine was opened or messed with for my 225$ (3 hours labor @ 75$ an hour). This is my first time actually letting someone else touch my bike for service outside of tires, and I'm a little paranoid about getting a service done that you can't really tell has been performed. Supposed to pick it up again tomorrow.


Here's my bike when I dropped it off...




I think after it gets back from valve inspection, I'm going to drain and refill the brake fluid. Pad seem 'okay' for now.


Oh and here's my old chain:


Broke a roller off on a link. Thats one of the reasons it was so loud.

Pics of when I was doing the work.



Old Sprocket

Flattened out the lock washer completely, couldn't break it with a 36" breaker bar. 1/2" Impact with 27mm socket took it off like nothing though.

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I wouldn't call that paranoid, just plain smart. Nice tip and looks like you are really keeping up with the maintenance on your V. Ride On!

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Purchase the shop manual ($80), feeler gauges ($10), and at least save your self some time away from your V and have a better relationship with the engine. I promise it's worth the effort.

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Purchase the shop manual ($80), feeler gauges ($10), and at least save your self some time away from your V and have a better relationship with the engine. I promise it's worth the effort.
I have the shop manual PDF, I was really considering doing it. However, I think I'll do it next time around. I saw a video on bikebandit.com of them doing it to a single cylinder I think, then I lost my nerve. Haha, I would like to be the only one of my friends to actually have done it. Maybe in another 15k.

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Well, it turns out, I should have done it myself! I took it to a local shop and they broke the camshaft retainer. You might say no big deal. HOWEVER. On the Versys this is a one-off part. They machine it for the camshaft with the head. So you can only buy this part with a new head.... 1500$ to replace the head.

Sooo... I allowed them to weld it. I inspected it, it looked fine. And today I am back on the road... Here's the thread covering the ordeal: http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=207880

Here's my bike back out of the shop:


Next week at some point I'll be replacing seals in the engine. I'll post a picture of the repaired part here.

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I'm glad you're back on the road and hope the repair holds!

In the final analysis, would you put this down to an incompetent mechanic? It really sounds like a freak occurrence.

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Snarky, Your workbench looks a lot like mine, my wife is always giving me crap about it.
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