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Old 02-18-2013, 10:00 AM   #16
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:00 AM   #17
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Oil change at every service (every ~7500 miles) for my bike so of course there has to be a test ride and a good test ride should include a full throttle acceleration up to top speed. For that the engine should be warmed up what means 10 miles is more or less the minimum to go.

Of course with an oil change only that's not necessary.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #18
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normally, the mechanic that services my bike does a test ride, he's even used to the darkside rear tire

in the winter, they don't always do a test ride, but they let me know if they didin't
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:44 AM   #19
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Once when i picked up my bike I asked the dealer if they test rode it after the work was done. They looked at me like it was a stupid question and assured me they did.

When I rode away on the bike it was OBVIOUS right away that the brakes weren't working properly. More than once I wish the dealer had test-ridden the bike before telling me is was ready.

So...I would love to have them take an extended test ride after service work, even an oil change.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:21 PM   #20
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I use Motoghost in Phoenix, (exclusive BMW mechanical shop) They won't touch a bike without test riding. There are only four guys, the owner, Omar who is a highly qualified beemer mechanic, Dan and Scott, ditto and Matt, the "parts guy" also extremely knowledgeable. I trust them all to ride/work on my bike. The rides they take are usually only a few miles. If I didn't trust them completely, I might have an issue.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:24 PM   #21
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I use Motoghost in Phoenix, (exclusive BMW mechanical shop) They won't touch a bike without test riding. There are only four guys, the owner, Omar who is a highly qualified beemer mechanic
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:05 AM   #22
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I dragged my F into the BMW shop here in Germany with a problem around 80kph. I was actually pretty happy to see 46kms on it, because to get up to a decent speed, they had to go that far to get out of the 50kph zone.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:15 AM   #23
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years ago after a major accident

car took me out

major work

rode the bike

2mins down the rode took off from a set of lights

tank hit me in the face

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wish they had ridden it

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:32 AM   #24
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Never trust a shop that doesn't test ride your bike, new or fixed. It is incredible how screwed up some of these bike are right out of the crate when new. Mis-adjusted controls, loose fasteners, no oil or coolant in them, totally screwed up suspension settings. As for a repaired bike many watercooled bikes are not up to operating temp until around 5 miles of riding. What did it hurt to have the tech ride it 10 miles? Excessive tire wear?
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #25
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A test ride sounds great, but 10 miles sounds excessive for just an oil change. A circle around the block and wring out just the first two gears is more than enough time to show any problems that would result from a botched oil change...hell you will usually know as soon as you fire the engine.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:30 PM   #26
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Had a guy bring a Royal Star by my shop after having the rear tire changed at another shop and was complaining that the rear brake was dragging. Sure enough, someone put a spacing washer on the wrong side of the caliper bracket. Did they do a test ride? This problem should have been found when rolling the bike across the shop floor. I once did a complete engine, chassis and brake teardown on a BMW for an aftermarket company and put 100 miles on the bike before it was shipped back east. I test ride everything, though usually not that far.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:55 PM   #27
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A test ride sounds great, but 10 miles sounds excessive for just an oil change. A circle around the block and
could be that its a 10 mile loop 'around the block

imho, anything less is insufficient, ya haven't even got the bike fully warmed up, water may be up to temp in 10 miles, but oil isn't
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:36 PM   #28
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As a helicopter mechanic, I go for the test ride whether I want to or not. Pilots are quite insistent that we do.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #29
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mine did but only because he likes my bike
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:30 PM   #30
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My bike is test ridden after every service. Usually on the way to work the next day!

28 years of motorcycle ownership. Never had a bike in a shop other than my own.
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