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First Service at 1200 kms

Discussion in 'Servicing & Maintenance' started by alain bruneau, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. alain bruneau

    alain bruneau Active Member

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    Got the bike in this morning. I had a 10am appointment , I was there at 9am and they took me in right away. I drove 200kms in pouring rain. I realise my waterproof suit is not so waterproof.
    It took exactly one hour , they changed oil, filter, rear diff, computer diagnostic, tire pressure, check prestone
    I was surprised at the price 223.12 CND, that the equivalent of $168 US.
    Labor 89.95 Parts 95.16 Shop materiel 8.95 taxes 29.06
    Oil 4 quart at 12.95 each Advantech 5w40
    1 crush washer 2.63
    0.20 BMW Synthetic OSP 11.36

    At the price of the Advantech, I will stick with that if it remains at that price.
    I wanted to use Amsoil but it cost me more.
     
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  2. roger coleman

    roger coleman Well-Known Member

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    Just had mine done, £298, you do the math.
    Welcome to the UK
     
  3. alain bruneau

    alain bruneau Active Member

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    I thought Canada was expensive . 298 pounds = 503 Canadian $. More than double !!!
    Cost of living in the UK is very high. It is quite the same in Europe I guess.
     
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    fischetg Active Member

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    My service was about $350 US. $125 to flush brake fluid......nothing like getting a shaft drive......
     
  5. alain bruneau

    alain bruneau Active Member

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    You should move to Canada
    Here is an example of a house that is build on 88,000 s.f on the mountain in Rigaud, 50 kms from Montréal.
    You get, $1,69 Canadian dollar for a British pound. So this house could be your for 263,300 £.
    http://www.remax-quebec.com/en/house-for-sale-monteregie/rigaud-19894470.rmx
     
  6. roger coleman

    roger coleman Well-Known Member

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    Alain, that is not the way to make friends, I have suddenly developed a dislike of you and Canada.
    Unbelieveable, beautiful house. and about what my little bungalow is worth in the suburbs.
     
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  7. alain bruneau

    alain bruneau Active Member

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    What a rip!!
    I called Frank's Cycle Shop in Vermont , I used to go there years ago when exchange rate was reasonable. I spent thousands of dollars on a period of 12 years. He wanted $325.00 US. for the first service To me , being Canadian, this represent $435 Cdn . I paid $223 Cdn. What is wrong here There are not just milking the cows in Vermont!!
     
  8. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    An article in my newspaper yesterday discussed the high prices for homes in the SF Bay Area and particularly in and around Silicon Valley. The article said that 70% of the homes being sold went for over $200,000 USD above the asking price. One 60-year old 1000 SF home was priced at $1 million and sold for $650,000 more than that. The median price in that area and San Francisco was well over $1 million so far this year. No wonder motorcycle servicing costs $130 an hour for labor. The technician's share of that cost is likely barely enough for them to get by here, unless they are still living with the parents who already own a home. :(

    Homes in my "bedroom" community south of San Francisco (part of a 1960's-1970's mass-produced subdivision) are selling for around $1 million for a two-story box and $650,000 for a 2-bedroom townhouse (with a $400 a month exterior maintenance fee). The homes are sold within one week and receive as many as 20 offers each. :eek: Time to cash out and move to Oregon, Washington or Texas. ;)
     
  9. Humblebub

    Humblebub New Member

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    My 1000 km service was done two weeks ago. Like Alain I was surprised. $265 including same supplies. This was done at the only BMW dealer in Atlantic Canada which gives them license to charge pretty much what they please. Labour rate is $109.99 per hour. Dealer has a little 'cafe' overlooking service area so you can watch mechanic. At that hourly rate it is comforting to be able to watch.
     
  10. Stef

    Stef Active Member

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    No. But since the Brexit we charge them double prices :).
    Serious though: 1200 km in Belgium: 135 EUR.
     
  11. Stick Rockwell

    Stick Rockwell Member

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    Am I missing something, or is it not Kosher to service a motorcycle yourself? I'm not a mechanic by trade, just inclined and I've changed oil, filters, chains, spark plugs, points, brake pads, removed tires for professional new mounts and balance, and rebuilt a few carbouraters since my first MC in the early '70's. The cost of parts and a few specialty tools affords one the satisfaction of getting even closer to the ride you love.
     
  12. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm Well-Known Member

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    It's plenty kosher to do your own maintenance here in the USA.

    No one cares more about my bikes than I do. My brake flush cost me the price of 1/2 bottle of brake fluid.
     
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  13. Stick Rockwell

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    Well the total tally is in for my break in service. $235 for a synthetic oil change, oil filter and enough synthetic rear diff fluid for this and 4 more rear end services. This price did include an expensive oil filter wrench ($35) and a Stahlbus quick drain valve kit ($55) to simplify all future oil drains. I used a T55 torx bit to remove the original drain plug and refitted it with the M20x1.5x12mm Stahlbus that worked for my '16 R1200RS. And all the labor was mine......(sigh).

    The bike shifted so much smoother once the engine temp rose to +/- 185 and I had a nice 115 mile ride through the western Va countryside. I even found a couple of new roads with twisties I hadn't been on before.
     
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  14. SauRoN

    SauRoN Well-Known Member

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    That is insane. I could understand it if this was Australia where the average minimum wage is pretty high and therefore there is no "bad job" as such.

    But in the US I would have expected it to be less.

    My 1000km service was R2000 ($146 now and the Rand was much better then) and the 10,000km service which included the Brake Fluid flush was almost the exact same at R1985 ($145).

    In South Africa we don't really have the legislation on our side like you guys do in the US and therefore if you service it yourself you can kiss your warranty good bye.

    Can't even use a third party specialist, has to be done by the dealer network.
     
  15. alain bruneau

    alain bruneau Active Member

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    Since I have to change my tires, I will bring in my RS for the 20,000kms. I did the 10,000kms myself. I think here in Canada, to give them a service once in awhile keeps a good relationship going. It is really going to cost me 3/4 hour time , which is basically draining
    the engine oil, changed the filter. I will do my rear drive myself . It takes not even 10 minutes to do. Then extra hour to check the valves, change the plugs and the air filter. I am getting a great end of the season deal on a set of Michelin. There is maybe three weeks left here so I will be ready for April.
     
  16. Gregory Clark

    Gregory Clark Active Member Contributor

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    Did they re-torque the fork headset? They need to be backed off and re-torqued at the first service. I didn't do mine until the 2K mark and it did have some slop it it.
     
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  17. alain bruneau

    alain bruneau Active Member

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    No but I am going in 2 weeks and I will make sure they do. My front tire is pretty wavy , I wonder if it is in relation with this?
     
  18. Mr. 36654

    Mr. 36654 Well-Known Member

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    Really depends on the dealer. Some are reasonable, others go for the maximum profit.
     
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  19. SauRoN

    SauRoN Well-Known Member

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    Would this cause a kind of "knocking" under braking? As if the forks were moving side to side?

    Or are my neck bearings potentially shot? But I would expect to feel that under other circumstances not just braking.

    Or am I just being overly sensitive to the rotors floating?
     
  20. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    Loose steering head bearings are most noticeable on braking. It clunks. Tight bearings are noticeable in corners. It weaves. Most wear patterns are pitting which causes the steering to be notchy. Resists turning in and the seems to lock in place and then resist again.

    Thankfully the bearings are quite robust and last, especially if you don't wheelie.
     

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