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Hey guys, I've been working on a site as a little side project to learn Ruby on Rails. It's a place to lookup the tools you need for various maintenance on your bike.

I have an 08 Versys and 07 Monster. I've filled in the info for doing an oil change on the duc, view it here

The one for the Versys is currently blank (just got mine in May, haven't changed the oil yet), but take a look here and contribute if the mood strikes (you'll have to create an account to add tools).

This is still early in development and I'm looking for any feedback that you can give, either on this forum or you can e-mail me directly from the contact form on the site.

Thanks a million!
 

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Cheat Sheet

All the information can be found with a combination of looking through a service manual and searching online.

The *hopeful* value is that you can get all the info you need in seconds (socket sizes, torque settings, etc.) - a cheat sheet for services.

If you want to compare the time savings, record how long it takes to get all the information on a 2007 Ducati Monster S2R 800 oil change....

Then see how long it takes to load this page

Depending on the service and obscurity of the bike, I would argue that it could save between 5 minutes and hours of time.

Like I said though, this was just a project to learn Ruby on Rails. If there is something that would be more helpful, I'm open to suggestions.
 

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Info for V Oil Change added

Ok, I filled in just about everything for the versys oil change.

Check it out - let me know if this kind of information all in one place is helpful.

Thanks!
 

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I think its a great way to learn a new programming language. Its always nice to enjoy coding your homework while your trying to develop a new skill to make money with.

As far as the utility of the application goes it definitely makes a great "punch list" of things to think about before you pull the drain plug. I like the links to "product" on the items listed.

The information that is really hard to find out is what size crush washer you need if you were going to buy a generic one. Having that would round out oil change content pretty thoroughly.

I like the amazon product links. I could see someone like yourself creating a motorcycle product portal for consumer motorcycle shoppers. So instead of logging on to amazon and entering your vehicle type etc and then trying to find the right keyword to see if they have a crush washer for an 04 Ducati 1000 SS DS you could use your "Basic Motorcycle Maintenance" plugin for amazon, which stores all the bikes in your garage, and just add the part to your amazon cart.

I'm sure that made little sense but I wouldn't give up on it. Maybe you could do app dev for amazon.
 

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...The information that is really hard to find out is what size crush washer you need if you were going to buy a generic one. Having that would round out oil change content pretty thoroughly....
You can use either 12mm copper washers, or 1/2 inch. Cheap at most auto-part places.
 

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