I am not much of a mechanic, I hate lying under things, particularly on a gravel driveway.I'm wanting to learn to work on bikes (and cars) myself. I have a 2001 Honda CB500S, and want to learn how to do basic and intermediate maintenance and repairs.
I can do the very basics; oil changes, filters changes and other fluid changes.
The most complicated vehicle repair I have done was probably replacing my exhaust on my car.
I want to learn how to do some more 'advanced' stuff, such as changing brake pads, discs, cleaning carbs etc. My bike currently needs a new set of fork stanchions, as the current ones are pitted, but I wouldn't dare attempt it. (That does seem like a hard job though.)
I know this is very general and perhaps vague, but I wanted to ask for any good resources or advice to learn. I do own a Haynes manual for my bike too. I am just a bit scared I might do more harm than good. But I do enjoy being practical, and want to save some money!
I am considering purchasing a bike in need of some care over summer, as I will have a lot more free time, I'm hoping this will be a good way to learn the ropes, as if I break something the consequences are minimal. Any ideas for bikes that could be suitable for this sort of thing? (I.e. easy to work on bikes.)
Any advice or tips will be appreciated greatly.
My bike is still under warranty so it goes to the shop if there is something needing doing. Same with a newer car.
I got some experience when I was young hitting B&W or Sultzer Diesels with big hammers.
Applied brute force and ignorance.
I crashed my first bike then bought an old bike which needed TLC.
So I took it apart. Just started at the top, pulling bits off. Stripped it right back to just parts and frame. Cleaned it all up, painted it, put it back together,
Make notes label the bits and pieces and put them carefully in boxes or jars or something.
it can be really frustrating trying to figure out how things go back together again if you don’t.
Today I often take pictures with a cell phone.
I did the same with my first car.
I made mistakes, it’s how you learn.
I am a party exchanger,
The harder bit is figuring out which part needs changing.
Start with the simple stuff. Check Gas, Check battery,Check connections,
By good tools. particularly good sockets and wring spanners. cheep tools round things.