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post #1 of 4 Old 09-11-2006, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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honda mechanic

i'm looking for a good shop to take my 919 to in the los angeles area. i've been going to kolbe honda in woodland hills, but they suck (see below). i'd like to find a good, trustworthy independent shop - does anyone have a recommendation?

i took my bike in to kolbe honda for tires, brakes, 16000 service, and i also asked them to tie in a cigarette lighter adapter (for gps) to the fusebox, and to check the front end because it had been feeling funny (the front end check should have been part of regular service, but i pointed this out specifically). i made an appt a week in advance, with the agreement that if i dropped my bike off the night before the appt it would be done at the end of the next day.

while replacing my plugs they broke one of the plug boots so i couldn't get the bike back for an extra 3 days while they got a replacement. they replaced my tires, but didn't change my brakes because the pads weren't in stock (because they didn't order them when i made my appt, and they still hadn't gotten them when i picked my bike up three days late). and when i got the bike back the brakes were squealing (see back to brakes thread). the chain was loosened to the point that the bike is difficult to shift. they also butchered the electrical work (the gps was shorting and blowing fuses when i got the bike back, but i had to discover this for myself. when i checked their electrical work, i found that they had done a sloppy, cheesy job that looked like it took 2 minutes, and charged me an hour's labor for it).

to top if all off, they didn't check the front end at all - i wanted them to get the bike off of the front suspension so that they could tell if anything was loose, but they completely neglected to do this.

i held off on checking the valves, and now i'm glad i did because i don't want these guys touching my bike anymore, but i do need to get them done, i still need brakes, and I need a mechanic i can trust. Can anyone recommend a good shop in the la area, preferably independent?


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post #2 of 4 Old 09-11-2006, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by j919 View Post
i don't want these guys touching my bike anymore
+1 Very good decision!

Sorry, I don't live anywhere near LA so I can't suggest a better shop for you. But you are absolutely right to not want to let that shop do anything more to your bike.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-11-2006, 07:25 PM
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Bloody hell..
Print this web page out and take it with you to just about any other workshop you like the look of, tell them the reason you're shopping for a new workshop, show them the print out and tell 'em that you'll give them rave reviews on this forum if they do the job right!

ps the reason for printing the whole web page as opposed to just printing the post is so they can see it's been posted in a real forum.

post #4 of 4 Old 09-12-2006, 05:43 AM
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Wow, that sux.. yes I would never take it to them ever again. I had similiar problem with a jet ski years ago and I will drive 40 miles away not to give them another dime. Charge the hell out of me and didn't do no work. Purcells in Jacksonville, FL never buy or take anything there..

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