I’ve been riding since 2005 and I’ve learnt over the years to check and adjust my own chain, I played around with taking off some bits (seat, side panels, …) nothing of great consequence but enough to make me feel that I know my bike a little bit
I’ve been using OMC since they opened last year and I can’t praise them enough for everything that I’ve learnt since!
I did the Basic Maintenance Course a few weeks ago and that was an eye opener in itself.
Aside from that, so far I’ve removed and refitted the following:
- the forks - changed the oil and the seals
- the carbs - to clean them
- the air box
- the fuel tank and pipes
- the exhaust
- I changed the tyres (front and back)
- I changed the chain and rear sprocket
… Matt’s and Simon’s help was invaluable in doing all of this!
Do I feel confident I can do all of this without supervision? Most of it!
Only two days ago I took the front and rear tyres off of two bikes to swap them over; except for a little help on the muscle side and with the tyre and balancing machines, I did the rest
My advice to anyone who isn’t hugely confident about their bike and how it works: book yourself on the OMC basic maintenance course and pop over for a cuppa - you’ll most likely end up learning something!!!