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Where should I get my SMC service? - April 2, 2010, 02:58 PM

I need the 4K mile service. Just basic oil and valve check I believe.

RAM cycles quoted me $500-probably not including tax and parts - which sounds pretty ridiculous for a single.

Any recommendations on places?
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April 2, 2010, 03:04 PM

Dang, that's a lot of money. I'm gonna learn to do mine myself. We could set aside a day for it in my garage, if you want. Otherwise Matto Cycles up in PA is the most reputable. I have also heard that the shop in Ellicott City isn't bad, can't remember the name.

You might also be able to work something out with dodge and RnR. He recently did some top end work on his 690 Duke, and it's running fine.


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i would talk to dodge first, if he cant help then i can recommend another guy, if that doesnt work, then i would say Ellicott City


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April 2, 2010, 07:21 PM

Yup I can do it but I cannot do any ECU stuff. Give us a call and set up something.


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April 2, 2010, 10:06 PM

If it's just oil and valves do it yourself. http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showthread.php?t=76471

You can usually find anything you're looking for maintenance wise on smj or thumpertalk.

One of the reasons I miss the smr510. A valve check was a 20-30 minute job. Never needed to adjust, but popping in new shims on that bike only would have taken an additional few minutes.
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Ram Cycles is a joke... dont ever go there
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Ram Cycles is a joke... dont ever go there
Dang, got burned? I've heard good things about them from others.

Sadly, my experience with mountain bike maintenance has been generally repeated with motorcycle maintenance, and this basically that shops do about 90% of the job I want done and leave about 10% to be desired. This is nearly always the case, and I think it's because they try to complete tasks as quickly as possible. What happens is something is neglected or forgotten. That's why I typically get hold of a sixxer and set aside an entire Saturday for work like this, and I just do it my self. Yeah, it takes me hours, but I know it's done carefully and correctly. And I can say that I did it.

BTW, I don't mean this to be a shop bash, but shops need to slow down just a little and make sure things are put back together correctly if they want me to bring my bikes in. Nothing I hate more than having to refit my plastics correctly or reroute cables/hoses correctly after a visit to a shop. I would trust dodge with this valve job though!


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