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The only comment I have about this is that if you are really not mechanically inclined, you may be better off going with an aftermarket service manual than an OEM one- the OEM ones sometimes assume that you have some mechanical knowledge and can be a little hard to follow at times. However, I don't have any specific experience with Suzuki manuals, so this may not apply to them. Also, aftermarket manuals (Clymer, Haynes) are usually about half as much as an OEM manual.
 

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thompson Education Direct has a motorcycle mechanics course (study at home). They go through just about everything, if they skiped anything I didn't miss it.

If anything it'll give you more courage to dive into the engine with the service manual. It'll take time at first but it gets easier. Oh and you'll need tools, tools, and more tools. Sometimes you'll wonder if it's worth it to buy the tools instead of paying a mechanic who already has the tools to do the job.
 

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So long as you are buying tools you feel you will use more than once or the cost of letting a mechanic do it justifies the cost of the tool and doing it yourself. I find that being able to do maintenance that most pay to have done is very gratifying and also allows me to take long trips w/o fearing mechanical difficulties. The difficulties can happen but I'm more prepared than most.
 

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The only comment I would make is that your GSXR is in the modern bike class as far as maintenance and repair is concerned. Most of the posts where they claim they do their own work are on bikes that are still relatively easy to work on. Don't include HDs in this discussion- they are the easiest to work on. Basically you should be able to do all your own adjustments and fluid changes; brake, fork, engine and coolant. Valve check is much easier than adjustment, where you have to remove the cam. It's possisble to change your own tires with tire irons, if you want to. But, really you shouldn't have to do anything more with this bike. You'll be tired of it before it wears out and when it does you throw it away. That's how they were designed.
 

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Thanks for your input, I really just want to learn the basics such as fluid changes, brakes etc. I know that some repairs are best left for the pros but I want to do as much of the regular maintenance as physically possible.



Thanks for the info



 

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Thank you for all the great info! Luckly I have a good collection of Craftman tools and I feel pretty comfortable with turning a wrench. As we speak I am looking for a an OEM manual to get the ball rolling.
 
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