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Hi All,

Wanted to share a recent experience I had with Peter Stevens Workshop in Melbourne.

I am going to Tassie in a couple of weeks, and knew that I needed to get my chain and sprocket done. I dont have a stand for the bike and so i decided to bite the bullet and pay for it to be done 'professionally'.

When i dropped off the bike they tried to sell me a brake fluid flush and coolant flush, to which i said no because i dont have the money. I also asked them about a noise / rattle i was hearing at about 5500 to 6000 rpm.

While the bike was with them i got several telephone calls telling me the bike was bordering dangerous because the brake fluid needed doing and that the coolant was like mud and needed doing badly. I didnt have the money so I declined. They also told me that they would need to take the sump off and the clutch plate off and charge me $200 labour for the pleasure, because their technician was confident it was something in the engine making the noise. Luckily I declined that too.

When i picked up the bike, i asked if it could possibly be the CCT - a common problem i had read about on 600rr.net. They responded by laughing, saying 'dont trust anything you read on the internet - especially forums'. And that 'Their head technician who has been working on bikes for 20 years and is the best technician in australia' - QUOTE - ' And he reckons its not the cct and that he would need to pull the engine apart to inspect further.'

Paying my $500 for chain and sprocket it walked out worried about my bike.

Over the next few days I started playing with my bike. Pulling fairings off, flushing radiators, doing oil changes etc etc. I realised that the noise sounded like it was definetly coming from the CCT.

I changed this too, and sure enough the bike is running like a dream (Thanks very much Nico BTW)

Sorry to blabber, but I really wanted to let people know that 'Probably the best technician in Australia' is perhaps not quite the best!

Anyone read ZEN and the art of motorcycle maintenance? Think its time for me to read it again!

Cheers, Christian
 
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good job man... it feels good to get your hands dirty and save some money doenst it? the only time a car or bike of mine sees a shop is for tires... and thats because i dont have a tire balancer at home... but with 190k on the wrx and it running like a dream, i think i will never step foot in a shop again...
 

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ok engrish please what is CCT? for $300 Alex
Cam Chain Tensioner. It put tension on the camshaft chain.:ciao: :fyou:
 

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So I assume that your not planning on going back there then mate? lol

Unfortunately I don't know of any decent shops in Melbourne, only lived there for a bit over 6 months and never had a need to find one while I was there...

Generally speaking, the best shops I have found are the ones that specialise in race bikes. If they do anything more than sports bikes or their shop is dirty walk away.
 

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+1 to that!!! I live Ottawa Canada and the only good shop (which is a great shop) is owned by an X racer. I took my bike there for the scheduled valve inspection and at the same time I asked him to replace my head bearings with All Balls... He never tried to sell me on anything... And actually listened to my bike before hand and said I could go longer without the valve check.

Nothing like 100% honest and good customer service

Edit: this guy I went to does dirt bikes too and also specializes in ice racing bikes. He won't turn down harley's either, but his main business is sportbikes... So that's not to say to steer away from anywhere that services anything other than sportbikes... Just do your research before bringing your bike in anywhere.
 

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So I assume that your not planning on going back there then mate? lol

Unfortunately I don't know of any decent shops in Melbourne, only lived there for a bit over 6 months and never had a need to find one while I was there...

Generally speaking, the best shops I have found are the ones that specialise in race bikes. If they do anything more than sports bikes or their shop is dirty walk away.
No i wont be. and i thought it a crime not to tell people about the experience.

I feel like the bike is in goooood shape now...
 
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