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post #1 of 15 Old 07-09-2012, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Mechanics in the Boston, MA area? Any recs?

there is only one motorcycle shop in Boston (riverside motorsports) and I am fed up with them.

I guess business sis good for them, so they pick and choose what bikes they feel like working on. my 919 did not make the cut. F-them.


Anyone have any recommendations for a mechanic here? Perhaps someone working out of his garage? I need a front tire changed.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-09-2012, 02:20 PM
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there is only one motorcycle shop in Boston (riverside motorsports) and I am fed up with them.

I guess business sis good for them, so they pick and choose what bikes they feel like working on. my 919 did not make the cut. F-them.


Anyone have any recommendations for a mechanic here? Perhaps someone working out of his garage? I need a front tire changed.

Thanks!
For that very reason, I change my own. It's really not that hard, if you know the tricks (zip ties and window cleaner, for example). Just have three good tires spoons, some of these, and break the bead with a couple of 2x4's and your truck/car (use a short piece, about 12" long, as the bead breaker, with one end cut at 45 degrees, the longer piece is used as a lever under the bumper of your car, hitch, etc.)

When you go to press the new tire on, just zip tie the beads together, spray one size with massive doses of window cleaner (rim, too), and slip both beads on at the same time, might need one or two pulls with a spoon is all. Then snip the ties, and inflate. You might have to snip one or two ties on the bottom of the tire to slip the top half on. If you wet down both beads around the wheel as you fill with air, it will help the beads set without inflating to 100psi to get them to 'pop in', lol...

Top it off with balancing the tire with DynaBeads.

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I got mine changed at Seacoast cycles. I also has a friend who searched craigslist for someone with the machine. He said a guy in Gloucester changed and balanced the tire for $25. I think seacoast charged me $30 a tire.

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Thanks for the DIY info g00gle.

Boogun - I appreciate the rec - I will check out seacost. Any more info abt the guys on craigslsit? I Think I actually know the guy in Gloucester - its a hike to get up there though!

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I believe this is the guy my friend went to.

http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/mcy/3125560724.html

Depending on the day i'll go for a ride with you. Maybe we can take the back roads there.

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I have used that guy before! He comes with my highest recommendation. A really great guy, very flexible, and very knowledgeable (or at least willing to learn).

I was hoping to find someone a bit closer to boston, but forget that! I emailed him - hopefully he is free!

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Theres no such thing as a free lunch! but.. if the craigslist guy doesnt work out, you can pretty much take your wheel off, and bring it to just about any shop in the world, and they can do it for you in 30 minutes while you wait.

Im really surprised to hear about the other shop turning you away. thats just bad business. especially considering it was just a tire change.

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Yeah there is... its called welfare

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I stand corrected.. sign me up! I pay for it.. why not?! lol

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Then technically it isn't free to you

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lol, yeah.. good point. hmmm.. maybe i just start robbing government entities. then we'd be even.. but then again.. they hate competition...

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There's more than one motorcycle dealer and many more shops performing motorcycle repairs in and around Boston (Somerville, Arlington, etc.) They're just now in the limelight like car dealers... Use Yelp to find them...several of them have reviews that can help you decide where to go. One with great reviews is in Somerville (where I think Riverside is located) so that may be good for you at least for location.

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Then snip the ties, and inflate. You might have to snip one or two ties on the bottom of the tire to slip the top half on.
I first read that as "snip the tires.." and was thinking that was a really bad idea..

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I first read that as "snip the tires.." and was thinking that was a really bad idea..
Not if it's an old tire and being a PITA to get off!

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I will have to take a look @ yelp - my google map searches were not pulling much up.


thanks guys for all the help!

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