$1000 for a 12K service on a 2011 R1200GS???

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by secondofangle, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. joexr

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    I wasn't being insulting , you do a good enough job on your own.:lol3 So your friend does his own since december?
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  2. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    +1

    Gots a Vstrom and more tools too. Always have plenty of beer also.

    As far as the OP, I'd say learn to do it yourself. If you have the cash and limited time then bring it in instead. Your choice. :dunno
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  3. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    :huh

    Your new here aren't you?
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  4. JimVonBaden

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    I see, you are just being a dick!:deal

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  5. t6pilot

    t6pilot Been here awhile

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    Jim's right if your good with tools his DVD will save you a bunch. If your not mechanically inclined your at the mercy of the shop you go to
    I just paid close to a grand for the one year service on my 1600 that included new tires and brake pads, next time it needs brakes ill do it
    Example
    I maintain my own T6 Texan and have a inspector sign off annual. If no surprises its about a grand each year. A buddy has the same type plane, he doesn't know how to turn wrenches, his annuals cost 4-6 grand! Ouch
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  6. secondofangle

    secondofangle Coprolalic Apostate

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    Here's MY work order. The only thing I will say, is I don't think I would have the patience to do this myself. I have too many other irons in the fire.

    Also, I had a chatter in the bike under load for like the last 8K miles. It's gone. I suspected it was the valves all along. Now I'm pretty sure. Thing is, they never said, it's probably your valves, don't worry, they'll get them at the 12K. They just acted like I was hearing things. Just like they do with the clunk clank on my K1600. :D

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  7. D.T.

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    4 x $18 for a spark plugs and $42 for engine oil? :huh

    Other than that it doesn't seem to bad.
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  8. duck

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    $0.15 per mile for a 12K service would be $1,800.
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  9. SR1

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    I doubt that is Jim's receipt. :deal
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  10. FargAT

    FargAT Been here awhile

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    I just scheduled my 12k service for July 29th at Moon Motorsports in Monticello, MN, I'm out of reach until then.
    I've been told it will be about $300 for labor and about $70 for parts + tax = somewhere around the $400 neighborhood.

    From what I understand, the 12k valve job is pretty critical, the subsequent ones are less "important" since the engine should be dialed in by then? (i'm not sure if that's a bit of BS there, or if there's something to it.. JvB to the rescue please!)

    However, the local Triumph shop quoted me $150 for the valve job. I can do oil, plugs, etc. on my own. So, after the hefty 12k service at the BMW dealer (3hrs away from my house) it will be Triumph dealer, who has one of the best mechanics/engineers in town. However, the day I find that I have enough time to educate myself, I'll be booking JvB or his DVD's and learn the whole thing. I'd rather wrench on my own anyways...
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  11. genka

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    Only $400 extra for tires is not bad. I just paid about $560 for a set of Tourances plus labor.
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  12. Hikertrash

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    I don't even change the oil in my cars, but I bought the JVB DVD and have been doing my own maintenance on my 2011 GSA after the dealer did the 600mi service. I'm at 20,000 miles now and don't think I've paid more than $100 for all parts. You could always knock some $$ off by doing your own oil, Trans fluid and final drive fluid changes before you bring it in.


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  13. mattjw916

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    My local dealer is a ripoff too. They seem really nice and helpful but in the end they're just trying to rake you over the coals.

    I have no doubt if I had them do a full service at their ludicrous prices it would be about a grand there as well.

    They quoted me nearly $300 for a brake fluid flush. When they actually billed me it was around $230 but even that's ridiculous.

    In the end, all they convinced me to do was not be lazy and continue doing maintenance myself or find another shop for basic items if I don't feel like getting dirty.
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  14. duke944

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    $625 labor is preposterous for this work to me, but I envy those who pay it without blinking - their time must surely be much more valuable than mine.
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  15. hankgs

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    Ok, I am In full agreement that dealer service is expensive.... What is even more mind blowing is owning an AUTHORIZED BMW dealership... The Motorrad requires a certain amount of sq ft of showroom, work areas, display items, stock, tools, mechanics, etc... I would venture to guess that they depend on clients to return for accessories, parts and service to keep above water as there is probably not a huge margin of profit in motorcycle bike sales...
    That is no easy request with Internet purchasing.
    I am glad there is a dealership in business within one hour of my house, so I try to throw them a bone every other service interval- It's always a treat to visit, have a cup of Starbucks (from the $5k vending machine) a donut and drool over all the new BMW's.
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  16. secondofangle

    secondofangle Coprolalic Apostate

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    12k service was 1350 with tires, 6 k was 650 with tires, 600 mi service was 350.

    So for the first 12000 miles I actually have $2050 in routine maintenence after excluding the newest tires BC they haven't been used yet.

    That's $1000/ year on a bike forth 20k new, or 5% per year.

    By way of comparison a homeowner is supposed to budget between 1-3% per year for maintenance.

    Apples and oranges. But I wish I had known BEFORE I bought 3 BMW bikes that I would be spending 1000$ per year per bike on maintenance. Not saying I would have bought another bike, but I should have done my homework.

    Now my homework is to try to reduce these bills so as to make them as painless as possible.
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  17. GrouchyGeezer

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    Before I bought the GS I also looked at Ducati. Anyone want to quote the price of a valve adjustment on a Multistrada? How about a rear drive belt change on a HD Ultra Glide? That belt is what we used to call a "perishable part", like tires.

    The invoices posted seem pretty reasonable. With the exception of over $100 for plugs and oil. Not even Bosch plugs, they are NGK, fer crying out loud! :eek1

    Most labor charges for service are in the $80 - $95 range for auto and bike. Seems steep but what cha gonna do? :cry
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  18. duke944

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    Sounds like you are in the majority where this kind of money actually means something. Why not do it yourself? I actually think changing spark plugs at 12k is nothing but a waste of money, but if you are going to do it why $18/plug instead of Beamerboneyard $10/plugs? and why didn't they reuse the valve cover gaskets instead of hitting you for new ones at $83? they also charged you double what synthetic motor and gear oil goes for at the store. instead of being $2k in the maintenance hole, at this point you would be at around $250 in fluids, air filter and spark plugs. If you aren't willing or able to do it yourself, I sure as hell wouldn't bring it back to this place.
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  19. Colombianito

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    Is the brake fluid really worn out at 12000 miles?

    Are the plugs really burnt out too? Even close?

    I worked in and owned an auto shop for 32 years..........

    The air filter and the oil change are usual and good to at frequent intervals.

    But this other stuff.......... i am not so sure about.

    The valves.......... any reason they need tweaking so often? On a car they last a heck of a long time.
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  20. mattjw916

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    Not really worried on most items.

    The Bosch Iridium plugs on one of my BMW cars were still fine at 65k, but I swapped them anyway since there was some wear evident. Changed them once on my old BMW K bike in 8 years. No wear really; they looked fine.

    I regularly pushed my brake fluid changes on my servo-ABS'd K1200RS without issue.

    Had valves checked on my R1200GS on schedule, no adjustments needed.

    Other than annual oil changes and occasional gear oil swaps a lot of this stuff should really be "as needed" just like tires. No sense in dropping $1k/yr if you aren't putting in a lot of hard, hot days or beating it up off road.

    My $0.02.
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