I totally agree. The one thing I have learned in my 58 years is that you can't count on someone else to do something right even if they're supposed to be a pro and especially if they're working on your junk and not their own. Too many trust the judgement of others above their own which I'll never understand.How does one learn if you "just take it to someone"? I'd keep asking here and on other forums. Someone has to know how to do it and do it right. I hate being told that I'm not smart enough to do something and I need to take it to another "smarter", trained or educated person. What, was he/she born with a special "spoke" of genius? If all else fails I'd surf the net. Lot's of smart & knowing people out there who are willing to help with most anything. Good luck.
Although I know what you are saying, you actually check ring end gap every time you check your oil since oil consumption is one of the best signs of cylinder or ring wear.That would be my advice. I don't often check and adjust my piston ring end gap either. But, both of those items ought to be checked about as often. I just don't bother doing it.
OK, before this thread, I can't remember a single mention of loose spokes. I just looked at my '05 and '06 Vulcans, and tapped a few spokes on each wheel with a wooden drumstick. They all made the exact same pitch sound, and it's for sure they have never been checked or tightened. Nothing I've ridden since the sixties, except for a couple of dirt bikes, have ever had a "spoke check".Was telling a friend about this thread since he too has spokes on his new HD. He told me that he went to sturgis this year and his bike spent 3 days in the HD trailor there since both his front and rear spokes came loose and the bike was dangerously unmanageable. Guess I'll have to start checking mine.
But you couldn't true your rim by adjusting the spokes, only adjust the radial and lateral runout. On a bike rim, you can actually reshape the rim by carefully manipulating the spoke tensions and patterns.I ran a MG Midget for years that had spoked wheels (4 plus the spare). I had to tighten the spokes and true the wheels every year due to the rough roads and pot holes in and around Chicagoland. It's just not rocket science. You have to be dedicated and double check your work, but it isn't even all that hard.