Motorcycle Maintenance

I like to do maintenance off my motorcycles myself as much as possible, in the beginning the only thing I good do was chancing the oil and
oil filter also I managed to change the sparkplugs and brake pads bud after that it was too much.
After all those years off riding motorcycle I started to do more and more maintenance on my bikes and not just because I like to do it
but it will save so much money in your pocket.
With a workplace book next to me I will come very far with working on my motorcycle.
The parts I order by internet and that can also save you a lot of money.

 

Tires

After driving around 30000 Km I had to change my tires for the second time ( April 2007 at 63930 Km on the speedo ) off the CBR.
So I went on the internet, with the price off mine last set off tires next to me I start searching ( Last tire set bought at Euromaster,
front tire
120/60R17 T Avon Viper Supersport AV59 55W for
141,80 , back tire 170/60R17 T Metzeler Roadtec Z6 72W for 117,03
inclusive equilibrate it out and putting it on the bare wheels, the total was
308,01.
I took the wheels out off the bike myself and brought the to a motorcycle shop.
So I wanted something the same like I had and found the next pait of tires,front tire
120/70 ZR17 Avon Azaro AV 45-ST  for 130,- and the back tire
170/60 ZR17 Avon Azaro AV 46-ST  for 140,- 
inclusive equilibrate it out and putting it on I coast me almost the same as last time.
In Oktober 2008 and another extra 30.000 km on the speedometer ( 93272 Km ) I had to look for a new pair of tires
.
After searching the internet for a while I came at
www.motorcycle-tyre.com , here you can search on motorcycle model or just tire brand name,
the right tire for me was, front tire
120/70 ZR17 Avon Storm-ST AV55 for 93.99 , back tire 170/60 ZR17 Avon Storm-ST AV56 for 115,99 .
Shipping cost me
7,95 and
equilibrate it out and putting it on the bare wheel at the local bike shop was 20,- for each wheel, total 257.93,
saving me
50,- only on the tires.
Now ( March 2010 and with 116540 Km on the speedo ) we need another pair of tires, so back to the website above and get searching.
After comparing the different tires I desided this time to go for Pirelli, my front tire will be the
Pirelli Diablo Strada 120/70 ZR17 for 86.18
and the back tire shall be the
Pirelli Diablo Strada 170/60 ZR17  for 110.18.
Last year I found another mtorcycle webshopsite www.mandp.co.uk , a English website where they have nice offers, so I was thinking lets look there before i order my tires, and you now what the same tires where there, Front tire
72.49 and the back tire 79.99 (this was a special price normaly 94.99).
Shipping from Great Brittain was
10,- , but with the pound almost the same as the euro the price would be 167,- in euros,
what at www.motorcycle-tyre.com  would be
200,- , so I saved another 1 and a half tank of petrol.
For our trip to Norway in June 2010 I had the tires replaced again, after having driven 27 500 km with this pair it was time to replace them.
I enjoyed the Pirelli's I had under need my CBR very much so I wanted the same back under it.
Now with over 144,000 Km on my CBR its time to replace the old Pirelli's, unfortunately I did with the last set only 24,000 km
.
The
front tire was easy to come by but the rear tire was hard to find, probably of the size I wanted.
Eventually I found them again but this time less cheap
.
The
Pirelli Diablo Strada 120/70 ZR17  front tire for 90.30 and the Pirelli Diablo Strada 170/60 ZR17  rear tire for 134.60,
thats a total of  225, - euro but I'm saving the conversion and balancing out because I've done this myself.
Now I can go drive another year and about 20,000 Km
.

 

Chain and Sprocket kit

Not so long after that it was the chain and sprocket that had to been replaced, in April 2007 I did this the first time myself with the workplace book
next to me, and in January 2009 after 35.000 Km extra on the speedometer it was time for a new set.
I looked often on www.motozoom.nl but a colleague said that I better good go to www.louis.de what the head company is from motozoom.
The chain and sprocket I used is the
REGINA Z-RING CBR1000F 89- (114/17/42) for 119,95  exactly the same set with also the
same order number (
10041523 ) cost at Motozoom 167,95 what a difference is of 48,- .
And that's with more products also, even the shipping cost are different, at Louis
7,95 ( send from Germany ) and Motozoom 12,95 shipping from Utrecht.
So I would say order at www.louis.de in Germany instead of motozoom.

 

Downpipes

I thought I was done for a while with replacing parts but with the bad weather of the last weeks ( winter 2008/09 ) and because
the downpipes where not that good anymore, I am driving now around with a little more noise.
With other words my exhaust is broke and I must replace it.
First I send a email to Roukema in Wormerveer, question, how much for downpipes for a CBR from 1995,
answer was
original Honda about 485,- and imitation a RVS set for 499,- .
I thought, this can much cheaper.
On the site www.onderdelenzoeker.nl you can type in the part you look for and after one day you get response from
different motorcycle shops who have the part with the price how much it is.
Here a little overview from the company and prices they send me:
www.demotorspecialist.nl New RVS downpipe set 4-2 CBR 1000F
340,- .
http://meerlomotorsloperij.nl  RVS downpipe set 4-2 CBR 1000F from Delkevic incl. gaskets/clamps for 335,-, if this one is sold it cost 375,-  Mook from Ell.
www.bijpiet.nl
downpipe set 4-2 CBR 1000F new for 550,- .
www.boonstramotoren.nl used
downpipe set 4-2 CBR 1000F 225,- .
www.siccamasales.nl
New RVS downpipe set 4-2 CBR 1000F 342,- .
Like you see there's a big difference in price, a used one for
225,- and a new RVS one for 550,-  this are the most extreme ones apart from each other.
Still I was not satisfied so I start looking outside the Netherlands and came at www.mad4bikes.net in Great Britain,
here I found the right one for my CBR, new Honda CBR1000 FK-FX Exhaust Stainless Steel Downpipes 88-99 from Delkevic
for 204,99 + 17,- in euro against raids of the moment it came on
250,- .
On the end I save on the most expansive set
300,- and the cheapest new set 90,- for that money I can fill up my gas tank 4 times
and that's another 1200 Km driving pleasure.

You can also calculate what you are saving on mechanic hour rate, and that's about 75,- per hour,
you would be stealing from yourself if you would not do some things on your bike yourself.

Have Fun, Ride Save or like the say in New Hampshire, USA " Live Free or Die "

 

Motorcycle shop Websites

 

www.louis.de Motorcycle internet shop in Germany.

www.twowheelparts.nl Motorcycle parts for different bikes.

www.cmsnl.com Motorcycle parts for different bikes.

www.mad4bikes.net Motorcycle internet shop in Great Britain.

www.mandp.co.uk Motorcycle internet shop in Great Britain.

www.debrix.com Harley Davidson parts internet shop in the USA.

www.onderdelenzoeker.nl Parts for your bike . ( Only in Dutch )

www.2ehandsonderdelen.nl Second hand parts for almost all motorcycle brands. ( Only in Dutch )

www.mrcycles.com On this site you can look at service manual drawings off motorcycle models from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki en Kawasaki.

See this drawing

http://fiche.ronayers.com The same service manuals can you find on this site.

 

Do you know more nice motorcycle website mail me here de-bergenaar@quicknet.nl or info@de-bergenaar.nl

 

    08 - 09 - 2013