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Perhaps the motorcycle manufacturers are to blame. They’ve made their products so reliable that we take them for granted. We almost feel that if we just keep our bike’s tank full and spoon new rubber on the rims when necessary, we’ve got our machinery handled. Well, that’s not quite true, and consequently, many riders tend to overlook basic maintenance for extended periods. While lots of riders have the off-season in which they have the time away from riding to take care of annual upkeep, many little things need to be done on a regular basis throughout the riding season.
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I'll add one to this: Fork Oil Change.

It used to be simple with drain plugs at the bottom of the fork tubes. Now, you have to remove and disassemble the forks to properly change the oil. Almos no one will ever do this (including me).

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I'll add one to this: Fork Oil Change.

It used to be simple with drain plugs at the bottom of the fork tubes. Now, you have to remove and disassemble the forks to properly change the oil. Almos no one will ever do this (including me).

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Big mistake. I change mine every year. After 1 year the fork oil smells like a swamp.
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I'll add one to this: Fork Oil Change.

It used to be simple with drain plugs at the bottom of the fork tubes. Now, you have to remove and disassemble the forks to properly change the oil. Almos no one will ever do this (including me).

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I think the "disassemble" part is what intimidates people. But unscrewing a cap, dumping out fluid and refilling isn't quite the same as disassembly.

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It is a giant PIA ! Don’t know why they removed the drainscrews (cost reduction) but all of the manufacturers did it. This is one of the things that’s on the “to do” list that I. Need to take a weekend and do, along with plugs and coolant change.

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Don’t know why they removed the drain screws
My guess is for service revenue. The harder manufacturers make it for DIY maintenance, the more likely they will take it to the dealer.

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My guess is for service revenue. The harder manufacturers make it for DIY maintenance, the more likely they will take it to the dealer.
Problem is, the dealer service department's are usually not that familiar with the FJR, they see so few. You'll probably find them looking at the service manual, which the owner could (should) have done
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Totally agree and they will happily bill you for the time.

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Yep forks are a pain. I will be doing them after the riding season is done. About the only thing left to do on mine.

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1. Pivot Points (including the levers - but they glossed over removing the brass bushings and cleaning them before lubing them. it allows a visual inspection to see if they need replacing).
2. Coolant
3. Lube cables (on the FJR that would be the throttle only)
4. Brake pads
5. Engine oil level (which is lazy because they double dip with

6. Hydraulic fluid (on the FJR that would be clutch and brakes)
7. Treat your fuel if left setting for more than a few weeks
8. Engine oil change
9. Chain inspection, lube, adjustment (for the FJR that's a clean and lube of the final splines at each tire swap)
10. Tire pressure

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