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Old 02-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Conedodger View Post
My bike is test ridden after every service. Usually on the way to work the next day!

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Old 02-21-2013, 08:00 PM   #32
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I always test ride a bike after working on it, usually dirt bikes and short rides. Just a few minutes, 5-10. If it's major work on something street legal more. We have a particularly problematic sumo that I've put over an hour on, but there are reasons for that one.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:21 PM   #33
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I had a front brake caliper fall off pulling into a gas station driveway on my new bike. Could have been disastrous. Doubt if they would have found it if they had tested it. a
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #34
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I had a front brake caliper fall off pulling into a gas station driveway on my new bike. Could have been disastrous. Doubt if they would have found it if they had tested it. a
That was the dealer's fault. They didn't tighten the bolts after they put the front wheel in during pre-delivery assembly.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #35
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Local BMW dealer does this, I had oil/brake fluid change plus little coolant top off couple months ago and they did it but I dont think it was a looooooong ride. However I did not pay that close attention to how long they were gone.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:34 PM   #36
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My only local dealer claimed they did this, to the extent that I've been forced to go there. 100% unverifiable as per odometer and front end so tweaked it was a chore to go straight.

Be more appreciative of your dealer who does.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:26 AM   #37
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Does your dealer do this?

While on a cross-country trip a couple of years ago, I stopped at Gateway BMW in St. Louis as I needed an oil change. They helped me out immediately and I noticed the tech who did the swap rode the bike. Before they would release it, another tech, armed with a torque wrench and several sockets, torx, etc., started going over brakes, axles and various other areas. I asked the service manager what was going on and he said, "We try to check out everything that could make you fall down." I appreciated the attention to detail!

My local dealer has the service tech ride the machine after service. I don't mind a bit.

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Old 02-23-2013, 07:33 AM   #38
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With liability what it is in the US, a test ride is almost mandatory. It seems every attorney sees the fault for everything with the last mechanic who laid hands on the bike, even if the brakes fail and the bike was only in for an oil change. They see it as the fault of the shop because they didn't predict the failure.

The fact is the dealership where I used to work would actually make note on a repair order if they would NOT test ride it due to safety concerns listed on the work order that were not being serviced.

I'm betting there are some shops that will run new tires in a bit to avoid having some rider go out, crank a quick turn, then dump the bike due to the preservative on the new tire. We had someone raise a stink even after we emphasized the risk of leaning too far on new tires until scuffed in a bit. That was in the 80s, now they'd probably sue. But now I believe the shop has them sign off on the warning being given. If it was my place I'd tell the mechanic to put ten miles on the tires.
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