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Thread: Mechanic in New England for my 80 gs550?

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    Default Mechanic in New England for my 80 gs550?

    Does anyone know of a good mechanic/shop near nh or Maine? I have been paying a local shop to learn about my bike with predictable results....

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    Mark, look up member Jedz123. Justin lives in Vermont, but he roams far and wide. Not a mechanic by trade, but he's owned and worked on his own varied stable of makes and models and put a lot of miles and maintenance into them. He may be able to help you find a reputable shop if he can't help you himself.

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    Mark, double pro tip
    If the mechanic isn't at least 10 years older than your bike, don't let him touch it
    This entire website, and the companion Basscliffs site, is the accumulated centuries of knowledge about working on GS bikes. Read up and spend your $$ on tools, rather than mechanics
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    Thanks so much for the info!!

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    I have enjoyed the forum and i like to work on my bikes- to a point. I am not interested in engine rebuilding or major carb work. As Clint Eastwood said, a manís got to know his limitations....and i am 25 years older than my bike so unlikely to change....so i will ride my other bikes and the 80 550 will be garage art until i find someone to properly rebuild the carbs....

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    There's a number of members here who rebuild carbs
    Check the services forum
    Steve, Chuck Hahn, Chef 1366 and others
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    What^^he said, + it's not as hard as you might imagine. There are tutorials on here that will walk you right through everything you need to know.

    For starters, check out BikeCliff's website as noted and linked to in post #2
    Larry

    '79 GS 1000E
    '93 Honda ST 1100 SOLD-- now residing in Arizona.
    '18 Triumph Tiger 800 (gone too soon)
    '19 Triumph Tiger 800 Christmas 2018 to me from me.

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    Thanks- i have sent multiple pm’s to people in the services forum, hopeful to hear back soon....everyone seems to be crazy busy these days!
    Last edited by Markrkolb; 05-09-2021 at 07:59 PM.

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    Hardest part is getting the carb rack off on the 550 and 650 bikes. Then ,as mentioned, you can send your carbs to a member here who will do it right.
    1981 gs650L

    "We are all born ignorant, but you have to work hard to stay stupid" Ben Franklin

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    Hope everyone remembers what Big T said in post #3. If the bike is older than the mechanic, you can't expect much. Not their fault they've never seen an old GS1000, heck I need to look for a while to find one.
    1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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