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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 22nd February 2020, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody from the greater CT area that is a great SV1000 wrench?

Hey guys, I live in Connecticut and am looking for an SV specialist that would be interested in doing a very thorough service on my SV1000. It sits for long periods and needs a total refresh.
I can travel up to 100 miles, or so to deliver it. I'm looking for a guy that has done lots of work specifically on SV's that is a bit of a perfectionist.
I have cash in hand and can pick the bike up very quickly when it is finished.
Service would include a thorough tune-up and valve job. Flush cooling system. Flush and rebuild master cylinders and install new Spiegler lines. Rebuild calipers and install new brake pads. Install chain, sprockets, maybe tires. Service suspension and install stiffer springs. Etc...etc...
Would like to drop off in early-to-mid March and have ready for the Spring.
Must be well known and trusted on the SV forum. Thanks!

p.s. we could always send the suspension out to be refreshed.

PM me if interested in the job!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 5th March 2020, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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Had a much appreciated referral to a small repair shop in Hastings, NY from a fella here on the board.
Unfortunately, when I contacted them, their hourly rate is off the charts. Well above what my local Suzuki dealer charges.
The service I'm looking to do would have cost $2500, or more.
Anyway, I'm still looking. Any help is appreciated.
Thanks!
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$2500 seems cheap to do everything on your list.
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$2500 seems cheap to do everything on your list.
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That's being polite, I thought I was being polite by not responding.
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. I'm looking for a guy that has done lots of work specifically on SV's (and) that is a bit of a perfectionist.
You might find someone that's done a lot of work on the 650s but with the 1000 being available for (I think) only 4 years and selling relatively few I'd be very surprised to find a mechanic that's done "lots of work" on it.

Regarding the goal to find a mechanic that's a perfectionist, generally you'll get what you pay for. Good service won't be cheap and cheap service won't be good. If you're looking to save some cash I'd suggest either doing it yourself or perhaps waiting until winter. That's the slow time of year for mc mechanics and you might find one that has a reduced rate.

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Yeah, mechanics charge is around 100bucks per hr, and i know they charge around 300-400 bucks just for valve adjustments...and also SV1k is not the youngest babe on market so lot of shops might not be even interested to work on it....thats how i ended up to learn a lot from forums,friends,manuals...etc
Also SV is easy one to work on, had 4cyl full faired sport bikes before and even to change spark plugs on that thing or valve adjustment meant to take everything off...day of work
Find some fellow SVhaver in your area who can help and you will see....but dont forget to buy him/her 6pack 😊
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Yeah, that was the actual intent of the thread... I'm looking for a "shade tree" mechanic, not a shop.
If I wanted to pay $100+ an hour for service, I'd just take it to the Suzuki dealer and get a receipt with a warranty on their work.
I'm looking for a guy that is a really good home mechanic, or an actual dealership mechanic looking for some side work.
I will be happy to pay them well... (even well above what the dealer pays them as their hourly pay), but I'm not going to pay the full customer retail that a shop charges.

Hopefully, I can find the right fella!

p.s. I pay in $100 bills and pick the bike up as soon as the work is done (within 3 days)
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Yeah, that was the actual intent of the thread... I'm looking for a "shade tree" mechanic, not a shop.
If I wanted to pay $100+ an hour for service, I'd just take it to the Suzuki dealer and get a receipt with a warranty on their work.
I'm looking for a guy that is a really good home mechanic, or an actual dealership mechanic looking for some side work.
I will be happy to pay them well... (even well above what the dealer pays them as their hourly pay), but I'm not going to pay the full customer retail that a shop charges.

Hopefully, I can find the right fella!

p.s. I pay in $100 bills and pick the bike up as soon as the work is done (within 3 days)


I think if you are looking for a highly skilled technical person, even on the side, you are going to find that you would be paying close to that $100/hour mark. Even harder to find one that has in depth and hands on experience with SV1000s. Lots of folks around here that charge less, but I end up getting the bike to do the work/fix properly in the end.

Ship it to Oregon! I will do it, but my hourly even as a side gig likely would not make you happy.

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....Ship it to Oregon! I will do it....

I think this is an excellent idea TBH. You might as well pony up some good money too and let Mike work his magic on your engine to make your SV1000 the beast of the East Coast!


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