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This is a long shot, but is anybody here in the eastern half of NY state or on Long Island? Mostly I see California, Texas, and Florida, but figured I'd try.

Have a new (to me) 2002 XRL and I need an extra set of hands getting the suspension set right. PO was quite a bit shorter so I want to go back up to stock. Also need to replace valve cover gasket, which is leaking onto exhaust pipe, and either chase, tap, or helicoil some of the cover bolt holes. Have all the parts already, and can do all this myself, but would be a godsend to have a lift, some compressed air, and a bolt repair wizard near by if I could. I live in NYC and garage/club fees are too high, working on the sidewalk sucks, and I lost my closest riding/tech buddies when I moved back east for work three years ago. 

Willing to ride a hundred miles, and would normally go more but with bike in it's current shape I don't want to chance it. Can trade fluid/cleaner/beer/good vibes for the space and help.

PM for text and we can set something up, maybe this weekend?

Name is John.

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15 hours ago, johngang said:

I live in NYC and garage/club fees are too high, working on the sidewalk sucks....

How high are the fees?  Might be the solution you need, since we rarely hear from New Yorkers around here.

 

The local Northern California forums get similar questions about where to work on bikes (usually from the San Francisco residents) and there are a couple of places in the area where you can just show up and use their tools and advice to work on your bike for a reasonable fee.  But we have a lot of people offering temporary use of a garage for this as well.  I've done it a few times.

Is there a New York-specific motorcycle forum where you might be able to connect with other riders?

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ADV has an NYC commuter forum, and I've posted there, but it's literally 10k comments of dudes griping about cops. I have two posts there right now, hoping to hear back but not sure yet. Other than that I haven't found an NYC specific forum, but I think you're right that there *must* be some resource I haven't found yet. 

Club fees are $200 a month at the two most visible places which is out of the question, and there may be cheaper/more informal organizations, but I don't know what they are yet. Again, still looking around because it must exist. I'm looking more for temporary garage space than a club anyway, so hoping someone at TT knows a guy that knows a guy, but it was a long shot.

Something will work out. Wish me luck.

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19 hours ago, johngang said:

This is a long shot, but is anybody here in the eastern half of NY state or on Long Island? Mostly I see California, Texas, and Florida, but figured I'd try.

Have a new (to me) 2002 XRL and I need an extra set of hands getting the suspension set right. PO was quite a bit shorter so I want to go back up to stock. Also need to replace valve cover gasket, which is leaking onto exhaust pipe, and either chase, tap, or helicoil some of the cover bolt holes. Have all the parts already, and can do all this myself, but would be a godsend to have a lift, some compressed air, and a bolt repair wizard near by if I could. I live in NYC and garage/club fees are too high, working on the sidewalk sucks, and I lost my closest riding/tech buddies when I moved back east for work three years ago. 

Willing to ride a hundred miles, and would normally go more but with bike in it's current shape I don't want to chance it. Can trade fluid/cleaner/beer/good vibes for the space and help.

PM for text and we can set something up, maybe this weekend?

Name is John.

Who in their right mind would go for the above?

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And who in their right mind would write such a response? Let me guess: a white, over weight, bitter old man, with no family, or only with family he's isolated himself from. Either that or you're young, dumb, and meaty, and have never been in a situation you can't shout or punch your way out of. Am I close? You in there you sorry grouch? What's wrong with you?

See something you don't like, move along in silence.

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Maybe in New Jersey or New York you don't like to help fellow motorcyclists, but in Northern California we're happy to help out.  We even have a group as part of the local motorcycle forum called the Roadside Angels that will help get your bike home if it breaks down or you crash it.  Usually all they ask is for you to pay for their gas and maybe a meal.  I would totally do that if I had a way to haul a bike.

Beezer, you need to reconsider your attitude.  Us motorcyclists need to stick together and help each other out when we can.

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Is your point that the number of offers I have will validate your attitude? That you're in the right in crapping on people if everyone else is doing it too?

I have four offers. One is too far way, two are backed up with other projects but willing to help if I can wait, and one looks like its going to come through, on short notice, a twenty minute drive from my house this weekend. This doesn't include offers and well wishes I've gotten from California, Arizona, and upstate NY.

I'm not sure what alternate United States you live in where you expect people to *not* help each other, and why you think someone asking for help should be ridiculed.

Only thing I can think of is that you're part of the New Jersey that resents people on the other side of the Hudson, just for being there? I can't think of any other explanation for why you'd be so rude with so little information, but you've got it wrong. My coworkers and some of my best friends are from Jersey, and I'm over there twice a week for a baseball league, because, yeah, NYC can suck and is too expensive and I hate it too sometimes, but I need this job so here I am.

 

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12 minutes ago, beezer said:

You must be inundated with offers.

Actually, it's surpisingly rare that people will take me up on various things I've offered.  Several people have posted looking for a bike to take the DMV test on, since they either don't have one or have one that doesn't turn very sharp.  I've offered my XR650L several times, as long as they take the test where I live.  Nobody has taken me up on that offer.

I've helped a few people swap tires, using my garage and bike stands.  I would certainly be open to helping anybody set their suspension sag and related stuff, as long as they come here to do it.

I find that I'm happier trying to be a nice guy when I can.

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I`ve had numerous........a lot,,of people drop in here for free work,bring beer,i`m happy.....helping people is fun and getting to know people is worth the little effort I make..

one guy stayed a month,,another had his BMW throw up on a long tour and stayed 2 days.i`ve had people as far as Montreal come down and I rebuilt an engine for 1 guy..

I`ve had at least 2 people drive 2 bikes down 200 miles for head work and another for a complete engine rebuild..

I live in Moncton,New Brunswick....and I`m more than willing to help anyone out...even with aplace to stay....

 

Ask around,,I've been around awhile.......but I know it`s kinda a lot of miles to come here,but free work from someone who`s been into these engines for years is worth the drive:thumbsup:

 

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I'm upstate John, but I'm not your suspension specialist either. More like, I would be the one driving hundreds of miles to get mine fixed as well.
There could be some folks in the Syracuse area. I've been looking around there for some things I need done on my XL. That's still a good hike for you though.

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