Episode 15 – Working on Your Own Bike, 2019 Katana, Arc Vector

On today’s episode we are talking about Working on your Own Bike vs Taking it to the shop, and some future bikes that we are really interested in.

Work on Your Own Bike or Take it to The Shop For Service:

Pros and Cons

  • Pro:  Get to know your bike – Allows you to learn how to fix it when you are on the road
    • Con:  Not knowing how to do something can lead to costly repairs, longer periods of downtime, and mistakes that could cause you to wreck
  • Pro:  Lower costs if the work is done by you, your labor is free where a service department can charge anywhere from $50 (non-HD) to $120 per book hour
    • Con: You will need to invest in tools to do the job, which anyone who owns a bike should have at least a basic tool set anyways.
  • Pro:  Feeling of accomplishment, hanging out with your buddies, kicking back a few cold ones
    • Con:  Having to get dirty and stop playing video games long enough to do the work.
  • Pro:  Create YouTube videos about the work you are doing
    • Con: Having to listen to all of the YouTube mechanics tell you how dumb you are and how you did it all wrong… Just for you Justin!


Tools for the Job:

Must Haves:

  • Wrenches (metric and standards)
  • Sockets (metric and standards)
  • Allen bits/keys (metric and standards)
  • Torx bits/keys
  • Screw drivers
  • Torque Wrench
  • Service Manual
  • Tool box of some sort (tool kits come with a perfectly good one)
  • YouTube (someone on YouTube has already done the job you want to do)
  • Moving blanket (poor man’s cover)
  • Clean space to work on your bike (garage/space with enough area to work on your bike)
  • Funnel

Like to Haves:

  • Lift (table or stand)
  • Air tools and compressor
  • Friends to give you shit while you are working on your bike
  • Fender and tank covers
  • Work bench/table
  • Drain pans for fluid changes

Easy jobs that most people can do themselves

  • Stage 1 upgrades (Exhaust & Air Cleaners)
  • Handlebars
  • Every normal accessory
  • Fluid changes
  • Brake Jobs (except the newer HD ABS systems)
  • Clutch cable adjustments
  • Lighting upgrades
  • LED Kits
  • Sissy bar installs
  • Highway peg installs
  • Shifter pegs/brake pedal/floorboards/pegs swaps
  • Tire changes (a tire shop will be needed to mount and balance the tire, but you can take the wheels off and save quite a bit on labor for that) Average around San Antonio is $50/wheel to mount and balance (3 shops, including Cowboys HD) $150/wheel if they take it off

Online Parts Retailers:

These retailers can save you money and offer more options than your local shops (not sponsored at time of recording)

  • Get Lowered
  • JP Cycles
  • Dennis Kirk
  • Revzilla
  • Amazon
  • eBay

Future Bikes we are interested in seeing:

2019 Katana

  • Returns after 13 yr hiatus
  • Modern retro styling particularly the square LED headlight
  • Price ????? Release ????
  • Only color now is Metallic Mystic Silver with red SUZUKI tank badge
  • 1000cc inline 4 from 05-08 GSX-R1000 engines boasting 147hp and 79ft lb torque
  • Liquid cooled
  • 474 pounds at the curb.
  • Brembo brakes all around with standard ABS
  • Three traction control riding modes Mode 1 is sporty for clean everyday roads, mode 2 is “nerfed” a little more, and mode 3 is ideal for rain riding.
  • “Low RPM assist” to keep from stalling out at low speed
  • Seems to aimed at newer 1000cc riders especially with the traction control and RPM assist.


2019 Arc Vector

  • Most premium electric motorcycle – Coming out of the UK
  • Introducing Human Machine Interface (HMI) which is some sort of taptic response system (think when your phone vibrates your hand when you hit a fake button) that is said to be built into the jacket and gloves.
  • Arc is backed by Jaguar/Land Rover, and is ran by one of their former skunkworks engineers
  • No price as of yet
  • Will be fully unveiled at the November European Motorcycle show
  • Mark Truman, CEO, Arc Vehicle Ltd said: “Technology, performance, safety and experience come together like never before on two wheels. The Vector is more than just the world’s most premium electric motorcycle; it’s the world’s first motorcycle with integrated multisensory HMI (Human Machine Interface), it’s an innovative heads-up display helmet and it’s a tactile riding suit – all making up the most involving motorcycle experience on the market today.”