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Old 01-14-2019, 07:46 PM   #1
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How do you kill time while your bike is being serviced?

So every, what, 4,000 miles or something I take a Saturday morning and ride from Albany down to Hayward, East Bay Motorsports, and hang out with my laptop in the Hippies Brew Cafe down the street for a couple hours getting things done while they do the manufacturer's stuff on my V-Strom.

But now I think I might have missed one of the regular services, or maybe it's just a major one, but I think I'm looking at 4+ hours. It's still not long enough to take BART home and back to the shop. There's no way I'd talk my wife into making that drive both ways just for my hobby.

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.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:06 PM   #2
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Do what everyone else does, practice your rubik's cube, get a tattoo, spend a day with a homeless vagrant...
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:20 PM   #3
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No idea what I'd do, since I'm the one turning the wrenches these days! Come to think of it, I've only taken a bike in once... the very first tire change on my first bike - an old Ninja 250. That was many miles and many years ago.

To be honest, there's not much left on cars or bikes that I haven't done by myself or with my dad as a project at this point. A lot of things on a bike can be done faster in house than taking it elsewhere for service.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:22 PM   #4
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Before I left the area my most recent solution was to hire elskipador to come out and do the work. Dunno if he's still around?

Or if they'll give you a loaner, take a spin and explore Mt. Diablo or something.

Otherwise, like you I've hung out someplace with the laptop.

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Old 01-14-2019, 08:24 PM   #5
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It's been a long time since I've had a shop do anything beyond tires (and even then, I generally just bring in the wheels - and that was before I got a tire machine).
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:26 PM   #6
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Revisit the "best burgers" thread and find one you'd like to try. It's a mile to BART, so walk if you're inclined, otherwise get an Uber. Take BART to the burger joint of your choice. After a burger and a tasty beverage, return via BART and Uber to pick up your bike.

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Old 01-14-2019, 08:29 PM   #7
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Just Saturday I dropped my bike at the dealer soon as they opened for what they estimated as a 2 hour warranty repair.
I suspected their time estimate was BS and made sure I had a ride follow me there. Couple of hours before closing I call and was told it wouldn’t be ready that day. Not surprised mofo.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:34 PM   #8
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Bring work with me and sit at coffee shop while waiting or just watch old MotoGP races. Only happens when I gotta take the work car in for service since I do my own maintenance on my personal stuff.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:12 PM   #9
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ride to work, drop bike off when TokyoMoto opens, go back to work and ride bart home. Pick up bike next day.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:15 PM   #10
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Before I left the area my most recent solution was to hire elskipador to come out and do the work. Dunno if he's still around?
Last few times I've tried to set up an appointment he was away with his race team. Not sure if he's busier with that than before, or if I need service in the wrong season.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:27 AM   #11
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My dead time fall back activity is writing a book.

There is so much waiting in life that I decided to just write when I had to wait. Dental offices, car service, airports, wife prepping for date night, lotsa' waiting in my life.

Actually have two manuscripts completed, one is soft core porn (write what you know), the other is the personal drama at the track during events.

How is it you can't occupy dead time? Easiest suggestion I have is to start a photo history, with a theme, using your phone. Pick a subject, generate photo albums, have fun screen savers, bore your guests at family gatherings.
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:06 AM   #12
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:26 AM   #13
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I should probably keep my opinion of EBMS to myself.
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:43 AM   #14
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I should probably keep my opinion of EBMS to myself.
I came in here expecting to see multiple people talking shit about it
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:57 AM   #15
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I read Robbie’s gun magazines while he’s changing my tires. Longer services, I just drop off the bike.

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