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Old 01-15-2019, 07:38 AM   #16
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There are two different ways that I have handled it.
  1. When dropping off a bike at Tri-Valley Moto in Livermore, they give me a loaner bike, so I go ride that until mine is done.
  2. Other places, I drop the bike off, my wife comes and picks me up, and usually it's done a day or two later. I think the service on my KTM here in Boise was same day, but still dropped it off early and picked it up late.
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:49 AM   #17
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The Vstrom is stone simple to service. Oil change every 4000 miles, inspect a few things, change the filter every other oil change and a valve adjustment at 15,000. Lube the controls once in a while. Do everything but the valve adjustment yourself and get intimate with your bike.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:01 AM   #18
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:05 AM   #19
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:05 AM   #20
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:24 AM   #21
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Is there some magical trick that I'm missing? EBMS is where I bought it, and they go out of their way to be attentive and thorough, which is why I feel like it's worth the ride down there.
You could buy that cheap Harbor Freight trailer, drop both bike & trailer at EBMS, then drive away and do whatever you want.

Or you could find a mechanic closer to where you live. I guarantee that EBMS isn't the only shop in the state capable of working on your Wee Strom...
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:45 AM   #22
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It depends on what else I have to do, I usually deliver the bike cold as to start on the valve check. That leaves me my truck to wander. I'm expecting my bike back that day.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:48 AM   #23
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If the bike must go the shop, which is a very rare event for me, I take it to the shop in my truck, drop it off and drive away, come back when it is finished.

As others have stated, basic maintenance is pretty easy to do. And there are tons of shops that can do basic maintenance.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:51 AM   #24
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The Vstrom is stone simple to service. Oil change every 4000 miles, inspect a few things, change the filter every other oil change and a valve adjustment at 15,000. Lube the controls once in a while. Do everything but the valve adjustment yourself and get intimate with your bike.
Makes sense if you have a place and the time to do it.

Some dual plug head Stroms have very limited clearance for access to one of the front plugs. If you end up removing the radiator to change the plugs, it no longer seems so simple (old coolant to dipose of, etc ).

Approaching valve check, and probably spark plugs check/replacement on my Africa Twin, and I don't even want to think about the work involved-despite the fact that the unicam head can be easy to adjust. I hope elskipador is available, else I'll find a shop. Or do a tear down in my garage and have lots of profanity on hand.

There's a lot to be said for having a mechanic or shop you trust.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:13 AM   #25
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I used to do all my own maintenance, up to valve adjustments. With my current bike I don’t do anything myself, even bringing it to the dealer for oil changes.
I don’t want a stockpile of waste oil in the garage and if anything goes wrong I can always say to the dealer “you’re the only ones that ever worked on it”.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:23 AM   #26
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Makes sense if you have a place and the time to do it.

Some dual plug head Stroms have very limited clearance for access to one of the front plugs. If you end up removing the radiator to change the plugs, it no longer seems so simple (old coolant to dipose of, etc ).

Approaching valve check, and probably spark plugs check/replacement on my Africa Twin, and I don't even want to think about the work involved-despite the fact that the unicam head can be easy to adjust. I hope elskipador is available, else I'll find a shop. Or do a tear down in my garage and have lots of profanity on hand.

There's a lot to be said for having a mechanic or shop you trust.
Even on the dual plug you can unbolt the radiator and using a combination of sockets and universal joints you can get the front plug out. No need to drain it.

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Old 01-15-2019, 11:25 AM   #27
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...How do other people do this? Is there some magical trick that I'm missing? EBMS is where I bought it, and they go out of their way to be attentive and thorough, which is why I feel like it's worth the ride down there.

And sure, go ahead and cue all the "you should do the work yourself,", blah blah, whatever, I don't mind.
Is this a real question?
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:37 AM   #28
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The only times I'll take my bike in for long services are for valve adjustments. I have independent mechanics work on them and I'll take public transport home, pick up next day. I have a truck too but I like to ride the bike after servicing to make sure everything checks out and to enjoy it.

First world problems, but this is mainly why I picked up a second bike in case one had to be in the shop or awaiting a part for a longer duration (like others have said).
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:25 PM   #29
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Even on the dual plug you can unbolt the radiator and using a combination of sockets and universal joints you can get the front plug out. No need to drain it.

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The plug tool that is in the kit that comes with the bike is the easiest way to remove the front plug.
From 2012 on, the Vstrom comes with Iridium plugs. They're good for 50,000 miles. I changed mine on the 2nd valve check just because. They still looked brand new and the gap was within tolerance.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:39 PM   #30
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I feel that in this day and age, this is a problem left in the past. 4-6 hour service time? Uber/Lyft/Bird scooter somewhere and catch a movie, meet friends, go eat, go home (if the dealer is close enough). BMW/KTM/Ducati owners will sometimes get loaner bikes, depending on the dealer, so that's always nice.


Or do the usual - walk/bird scoot/uber to a local restaurant / coffee shop / hangout and browse moto forums on your phone and post threads like these.
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