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Old 05-19-2015, 09:28 AM
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Bored and a vid popped up about putting a power valve assembly back into a 2001 CR250.
Watching that, it occurred to me that without YouTube or the Internet, most teens would have no clue about working on their bikes.
I thought about my time putting together my SL100 back in '72 and working on my YZ125 back in '74.
Very, very minimal manuals.
The bikes were kinda simple too, not too tough for a 14 year old.
Can you imagine a 14 year old trying to rebuild his modern 4 stroke today without the internet?
That power valve assembly was kinda complicated too.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:35 AM
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When I started working on the bikes there was no internet and service manual were very hard to come by plus being very expensive. Today folks just don't understand how it was then and just how easy they have it today. Today service manuals are very cheep compared to the cost of the bikes and bake then the manuals would cost almost 1/2 the price of the bike. It just kills me to see folks that will not invest in a manual for there ride.

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Old 05-19-2015, 09:56 AM
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Yup.
When I rebuilt my YZ I was sold on the 2 stroke.
No cam chains, blah blah blah......
Just rings, gaskets, seals........ride.
Today, you really have to pay to play.
What a shame.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:59 AM
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You definitely learn to appreciate simplicity when you start diving into power valve assemblies or a 4 stroke top end. It makes me like my CR500 even more!
I too am guilty of using internet resources for repairs on all sorts of things I own. I definitely appreciate having a good service manual for the bikes I own!
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Yep.My brother and I took great pleasure in pulling my GTMX 80 apart in 1978 without any manual.We both learnt heaps from that little bike.Apart from the internet being an easy option,we would not have great sites like ATM to ask for help either.No excuse for not having a Service Manual for your model bike.They used to cost an absolute fortune,now you can get one for under $40.00.......best investment ever.........
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:30 PM
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I went from riding a yz125 to a 250f. Thank goodness the yz250f came with a nice service manual. Wanting to stay on top of maintenance, I followed the book to check my valves. I'm not overly mechanical, but I'm not a complete idiot...I was never so intimated trying to check something on my scooter. No way I could have done it without a good manual. I laugh looking at the owners manual for my '83 rm250. What a difference.
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Yep.My brother and I took great pleasure in pulling my GTMX 80 apart in 1978 without any manual.We both learnt heaps from that little bike.Apart from the internet being an easy option,we would not have great sites like ATM to ask for help either.No excuse for not having a Service Manual for your model bike.They used to cost an absolute fortune,now you can get one for under $40.00.......best investment ever.........

That's exactly what I mean.
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With a good oem manual really helps or internet / micro fish.its best to use a oem manual it can tell torque maintenance etc. once u have done t2 there all basically the same .
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Saw this post and just had to reply. Im 17 and have been around motors since i could remember and i still come across things that stump me! Without the internet some people would be clueless, but also thats how you learn - trial an error.
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