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Jul 17th 2016, 06:46 PM   #1
 SmokeyMcNug's Avatar
  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
Vinces motorcycles

Anyone ever had work done at Vinces on Fones rd?
Jul 17th 2016, 06:51 PM   #2
 olyk12's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  Tiger 800 XCX, DRZ400SM, Sherco 290st, Harley 350 Sprints, etc
Years past - yes. My son liked doing business there. Don't know if/how things have changed.

Jul 17th 2016, 10:35 PM   #3
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
What do you need done?
Jul 19th 2016, 07:25 AM   #4
 Red Label Moto's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  all of them
A couple years back I took on trade an ancient Yamaha TDM900 that had service history with that shop. When that bike was already decades old Vince's sold and installed a new oem rear shock for like $1000.

I remember reading that service order being impressed by the shops salesmanship and at the same time sad for the customer.
Jul 20th 2016, 09:04 AM   #5
 SmokeyMcNug's Avatar
  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
I had an oil pan bolt that would turn n turn n turn n turn n turn.....u get the drift. they took care of it no problem for cheap (imo). luckily i had already ordered stuff anticipating needing to replace the oil pan gasket. suzuki dealer was making me think it would cost more than the bike was worth.

I do need other things done/checked out but money is always tight. mainly tuning and settings, maintenance procedures. ya know the basics as i am.....i will say it.....

a noob.

there i said it. but i am always looking for friendly advice as i try to be as hands on as possible. i feel there is no better way to learn something than to just do it (hopefully with someone who knows wtf they are doing so i dont screw up too bad). just be gentle....

Edited by SmokeyMcNug on Jul 20th 2016 at 09:13 AM
Jul 20th 2016, 09:14 AM   #6
 equinity's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  aprilia RSV4, aprilia Tuono 1100
Paulson's service department has seemed ridiculously over priced. They quoted a friend something like $800 to re-jet and tune her ninjette.

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Jul 20th 2016, 01:36 PM   #7
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Smokey, next oil change replace you drain bolt with one of these and never have to worry about another stripped pan or new crush washers again.

I can get you the proper part numbers that work for the Kat if you want.

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Jul 21st 2016, 08:39 AM   #8
 SmokeyMcNug's Avatar
  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
That does look like it would make oil changes easier. i had a 69 mustang in high school and when i swapped in a 302, i had to get a setup to mount the oil filter on the side of my engine bay bc it interfered with other hoses. made oil changes hella easy.

unfortunately this time it wasnt a stripped drain bolt. i was looking for an oil leak and noticed it seeping out one of the actual "hold that shit up" bolts. but its all fixed now thanks to vince's and no more drippy. no more parking over a piece of freakin cardboard!!
Sep 16th 2016, 05:50 PM   #9
  Feb 2016

Old knowledge

If you can be gracious about the way Vince comes across as opinionated at times - you would be hard pressed to find anyone more willing to share free advise from his wealth of hands-on experience - especially with vintage bikes.

This guy is old school cool and I dread the time when he retires - I am totally done with the regular dealer repair shops and nobody is as willing as he is, with helping a novice rider or a learning wrench enthusiast.

You may need some getting used to his sense of humor and metaphors, however he comes from a time when American ingenuity and blue collar skills were valued and not a rarity. A time when straight forward witty communications were a way of life.
Sep 16th 2016, 06:46 PM   #10
 SmokeyMcNug's Avatar
  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
oh i can deal with most metaphors and im more crude and morbid than most (watched part of an autopsy for a forensic anthropology class. ask me how they access the brain to weigh it ")

i went there not only bc of the price he quoted, but the info he provided and he has more experience than ive been alive.
Feb 24th 2018, 10:42 AM   #11
  Feb 2018
  rochester, wa.

  the all mighty C14 -zx's fat sister

Hadn't heard his name in years and remembered back 30 yrs. when I dealt with him several times. His heart is good but, I just couldn't stand his conceited "the italian stallion" remark every single time I was ever there! Ha ha

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