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Newbie ???'s I purchased a 2000 FXSTB (3800 miles) two months ago (my 1st bike and dream come true) and as it slowly starts to warm up in Chicago I am looking for advice with regards to the bike. Upgrade wise the bike has Python Staggered's, and a Kurykan Hypercharger, the rest is mostly just chrome work (ie: 6" riser w/ straight bars, forward controls, billet grips/pegs/front signals). Now for the question. Since I bought the bike I have been reading like crazy, cause like I said I live in Chicago and it's to damn snowy to ride yet, and looking for advice for my bike and also performance suggestions. The bike will mostly be city ridden so oil temp concerns/battery charge? I asked the dealer if it was "Stage I" tuned with the upgrades and they said it was but is there a way to check without taking the carb apart. My mechanical abilities are in the realm of reaching for my checkbook so I prefer not to do much work myself. I would also like to know if there are upgrades I should consider to beef up the performance (carb/cams/bore/braided cables) or just ******* and enjoy what I have. Lastly if someone spends the time to reply.....suggested maintanance (oil/transmission/plugs/etc). Wondering the schedule, how hard it is to do myself. I'm not completely a mechanical failure I just need a good resource or shown how to do things once. Thanks to anyone who reads this and helps a rookie out!!!!

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As a fellow motorcyclist let me say welcome, and here are some tips for you. Get a Clymer's or Haynes manual for your bike. The diagrams and instructions will show you how to do simple maintenance yourself, saving you money and teaching you a lot about your bike. Second, don't worry about performance upgrades. Your motorcycle even if completely stock will out accelerate any four wheeler you have ever driven and has far more capability than you do as a new rider. Just ride it, get used to it and figure out what kind of riding you enjoy. A few months or a year from now if you get on it every time and think, "Gee, I sure wish I had another 30 hp," then you are probably ready to get a faster bike. Battery voltmeter to monitor the charging system is a cheap option, as is oil temp gauge but you most likely will not need either one. Don't worry about Stage I tuning, the bike will run fine with stock or stage one and be more driveable stock. Just ride it and find some riding buddies, bike nights in your area, join the american motorcyclist association or the harley owners group. Other riders are a great resource.

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