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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale View Post
    Add on parts has nothing to do with whether it came in a crate or now. So your comment is lame.

    You can't check everything unless you take the bike apart. "So how do you check everything is torqued to spec?
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    You don't need to disassemble the bike in order to accomplish this. You sound like someone who's never wrenched on a bike...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale View Post
    I do the wrenching to minimize the chance of ruining a day of riding or racing. It's a lot easier when the bike is new and clean.
    My opinion exactly. Better safe than sorry school of thought. But I realize most probably do not do that. Whatever floats your boat.
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    Besides, I enjoy taking my new bike apart and checking everything. Relaxing and helps you to learn your bike. Also makes the bike more bulletproof later. Not for everyone. Cam.

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    I'm talking a shake down ride to see what it needs, not going on a ride weekend or an enduro.

    but yeah, whatever. I sure don't take a bike completely apart and as of yet have not had ANY problems from it. Sure offseason bearing service.

    There was a time when I liked to futz about with bikes and cars for fun, those days are past. I mechanic when I have to, it's part of the job description.

    Now if I was a desk jockey.......
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    I bought a 2006 300 XC-W (new) and put hundreds of hard enduro hours on it until I sold it in 2013. Never greased the steering stem or swing arm pivot and I never once missed a district 36 podium due to low grease in pivot points. Bought a 2001 520 in 2009, it was a basket case. Thanks to DJH got a bulletproof engine rebuild and again, put hundreds of additional hours on it. Never once checked the steering stem or swing arm pivot for grease. Otherwise I take very good care of my bikes. I think the complete tear down folks are way over the top, but I'm over the top in other areas of life, so I'm not here to judge. I do take seriously the lube on my toy hauler and bike trailer wheels bearings, but plenty of case law to prove this is warranted. Show up at any staging area, check out owners of clapped out mid-2000 MX bikes that have NEVER seen anything but the minimum to keep them running. These guys are NOT getting a tow back to camp because they failed to lube some pivot points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ij616 View Post
    There was a time when I liked to futz about with bikes and cars for fun, those days are past. I mechanic when I have to, it's part of the job description.
    I don't do it for fun. I do it for peace of mind and to not be "that guy" out on the trails.
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    Friend of mine bought a new KTM in the crate from a local BIG dealer, mainly because he wanted to "mechanic the heck out of it" before it started it's life with him. He's got a well deserved rep for great bike setup and people always want to buy his used bikes, I've bought two. He documented the new build process, posted it online and KTM got wind of it somehow. He got a call from his dealer to come in and meet with a KTM rep about the situation. Guess the dealer got in to real trouble from KTM for selling a bike in a crate without setup and he was asked to modify his story to leave the bike in crate part out. If that's still the case with KTM (it's got to be) I wouldn't post the name of dealers who do it, you could get them in trouble.
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    Agree with Davek. I'm sure none of the businesses mentioned in this thread ship crated bikes anymore. Rumor is that's how Fun Mart in Ill lost their KTM franchise.
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    The bikes could have been assembled, inspected, unlocked and re crated to ship. I don't see a issue there? CJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ1 View Post
    The bikes could have been assembled, inspected, unlocked and re crated to ship. I don't see a issue there? CJ
    That's how mine was handled. They re crated mine using a Honda crate and said they fair much better during transit.
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