I've decided to take the plunge and do my own 12000 km service on my ZZ-R250, after hearing time and time again on NR that the only person who should service your bike is yourself As per the manual's recommendation, I want to check idle speed, throttle grip play, brake hose connections, brake pad wear, brake fluid level, fuel hose connections, adjust idle speed, check steering, drive chain wear, check all bolts etc., tire wear, oil + filter change, front fork oil leak check, rear shock oil leak check. All that stuff should be fairly straightforward, so I think I'll be okay with that, unless there is anything I should look out for in particular? I'm posting because I want more info about the following: Carb sync - I think this should be pretty straightforward following instructions on NR and elsewhere, but at what stage should I do this? Should I do it after adjusting valve clearances and spark plugs? Spark plug clean + gap - The manual says use a high flash-point solvent for cleaning. Recommendations? Valve clearances - I'm worried about this most. Haven't done it before, but there are good instructions here, so I think I can do it. But should I? Is it something a newbie shouldn't do? In which case if I have to take the bike to a mechanic, I may as well let them do the whole lot... advice? Clean air cleaner - Again, manual says use high flash point solvent. Necessary? If so, can I use the same solvent as for cleaning plugs? As far as soaking it in oil, can I just use the same engine oil as for my oil change? Check brake light switch - What do they mean by this? Surely if you activate the pedal/lever, and the brake light flashes, it works right? Am I missing something here? General lubrication - This just means any other moving bits not lubricated as part of other procedures I suppose. What do I use, grease or oil? Or depends on the part? Recommendation? Lubricate swingarm pivot, uni-trak linkage - Looking at the uni-trak and swingarm service instructions, this also looks like a hell of a lot for a newbie to undertake. Better to let a mechanic do this? Or is it not as hard as it looks? Any advice with the above would be appreciated. I suppose I'm just going to need a socket set, screwdrivers, feeler gauges and other general tools, nothing specific? A torque wrench is not within the budget at the moment, so I'll have to save that for next time. Plus, of course I'll also need to get all the consumables (oils etc.) as well. Again, any tips would be appreciated Cheers for reading my long post haha Mike.