Well I went ahead and got the Mobil filter and Rotella oil. I had to go buy a oil filter wrench cuz the honda filter seemed like it was welded on. I drained the oil, replaced filter and then proceeded to pour a gallon of rotella through the motor and back into the drain pan... UGH... Went to Advance auto and got another gallon. This time I put the oil plug in and TADA! Runs great! I can't believe how solid she shifts! I also got my hands dirty by adjusting and cleaning the chain and added a half a liter of water.
Next is gonna be changing the brake pads! I think that should be real easy.
Now I feel kinda dumb for paying Honda that $1100 dollars to have to go and wait 3 hrs every time I had something done there.
I am converted!
From another thread:
At every basic service/oil change I would:
- Drain vent tube(s)
- Check brake fluid/fill if needed - Check pads too.
- Lubricate side/center stand - amazing how many were dry.....
- Check and adjust cables - throttle and clutch, generally, they needed it. The clutch I did at the engine and allowed for full adjustment at the lever.
- Check coolant level
- Check tire air pressure
- Check air filter
- Adjust and lubricate drive chain or check rear diff fluid/top off if needed
- Check all lights to make sure they were operational, and horn. Adjust headlight if needed.
- Check steering head bearings - (adjustment extra on this one if needed)
- Check shifter bolt and a few other misc bolts than I knew sometimes became loose.
The maintenance pages from the manual are in the picture section of my yahoo 919 site.
Also, many dealers (not all) totally rip customers off with their maintenance plans - many just do oil changes and little else, even when valve adjustment or more is called for.
A shame, yes, it's all about the money......
What ticked me off the most was a dealership that offered the first service free - well, all they did for the first service was have a kid change the oil and filter - the manual called for a variety of services, including a valve adjustment.
I've got enough work on new bikes to know that first valve adjustment can be critical - sure, many did not require an adjustment, but many did!
Anyway, get the right tools, and the HONDA service manual - take your time, take pictures before disassembling if needed, and try to have fun.
Oh, be sure you have and use a torque wrench.