High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
I think most really competent mechanics have that attitude, some because they tend to be older (experience) and we all tend to get more short and direct the older we get and probably the real reason is that they view home mechanics as hacks and amateurs that take money out of their pocket plus they get stuck trying to figure out what has been done.
I worked at my friends bike shop for a while (probably the most competent gl1000 guy I know, but very grumpy at times) and some of the things that were done to bikes before the owner brought it in to get fixed surprised me. Plus some of the attitudes of the owners when they brought a $500 bike in with the instructions of “just fix it” even though you try to explain it may cost $1500, they figure just because it”s old that you can fix it for $50.
I have a 78 gl1000 that is exactly that case, the guy just wanted it fixed so he could ride it, when he was presented with the $800 bill he just flipped out even though it ran great he just handed over the title. Rebuilding the carbs alone was $600.
Either way, keep in contact with your mechanic and if the bike runs as well as it sounds let him know, everyone appreciates a pat on the back.
Red 2014A, the fastest color !
Ride more,, worry less !