My bike is a money pit.

I went over to Hare Racing today for a new set of tires for the SVS. The old ones were so squared from the trip that the bike practically stood up on its own.

I’ve been running Bridgestone’s BT010/BT020 combo for a couple of years now (about 30k miles total). Bridgestone recently retired the BT010, though, so Hare put on the new BT014. I’ve heard it’s a good tire, and since it’s replacing the BT010 in Bridgestone’s lineup, it should be right for my needs.

After mounting the tires, the service guy told me that my rear sprocket was looking a little worn. I’d noticed that while doing Part One of the 36ish,000 service a couple of days ago, but it was good to hear a professional mention it — I’d seen pictures of worn sprockets, but wasn’t 100% sure that mine fit the bill. I’ll take a picture when I replace it, so that y’all can see what I’m talking about. This was a short-lived chain and sprocket set: I just put them on in mid-February…though that was about 9000 miles ago. Normally I get twice that for a set, but Alaska just ate the sprocket right up.

Speaking of buying things: while I was waiting for the tires, I walked down the street to the Bike World Kawasaki/Suzuki dealership. I used to live right around there, and hadn’t been to this particular dealer in years, mainly because their parts guys were as dumb as a box of hair. I was pleased to see that there was a woman at the parts counter now, and that she knew her shit. We got to chatting, and she told me that the dealership is now under new management. She seemed pretty cool; I may go there for more parts in the future. I bought a new battery from her and yes, I got the right one this time.

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3 Responses to My bike is a money pit.

  1. Jamie C. says:

    Re: the parts guy at Bike World.
    I live within walking distance of Bike World, and agreed with Carolyn’s opinion of the parts department there. The first time I went, I bought a set of brake pads for my KLR650. Got home, and they didn’t fit. And of course, since the blister pack was open, they wouldn’t take them back even though they sold me the right ones.
    I stopped in there a couple weeks ago to get a new spark plug. Not much you can do to screw up a spark plug. I noticed the aforementioned parts lady there, and she was really nice.
    I’ll have to check out their prices, though…

  2. Geoff says:

    Jamie said, “…they didn’t fit. And of course, since the blister pack was open, they wouldn’t take them back…”
    What “of course?” What universe is this shop in? Last weekend, I was replacing the tie-rod ends in my wife’s car. I was installing the last nut (to draw the taper-fit bolt into the steering knuckle) when I realized it was not the right part. I took the part off and returned it to the parts store–they not only replaced the parts with the correct ones, but credited my card with the balance (proper ones were cheaper…).
    Customer service is important–so a blister pack was opened, sell it to the next guy at a discount and reap TWO satisfied customers, rather than one disgruntled and one average customer… I am in sales (industrial), and one thing you gotta learn is how to take any setback and turn it around into an advantage!

  3. colz says:

    hi man how do u fit sprockets onto a 110 ? how do the bolts go in ?:s

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