GS Spends Another 2 Weeks at the Shop

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MedicalQuackery, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Fine low maintenance, reliable bikes, that'll start when ya turn the key, butt where's the euro trash panache poser appeal in that? :dunno
    It's not an adventure 'til yer shit breaks down 'n leaves ya stranded! :rofl

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  2. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Just go find a clean 1150. The 1200's seem to be troubled with lots of bugs....
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  3. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan Lone Trail Of Dust

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    You can get a Super Tenere and be done with the hassles. It does have tubeless tires and is shaft drive. It has a hydraulic clutch so it's smooth as well as durable. Maintenance items consist of some basic checks of fluid levels and to make sure things are tight (recommended every 4,000 miles) - all can be done by you if you have some simple tools. Your going to have to wait until 26,600 miles for the valve check though. I have 10K on mine and it's just been gas and oil.

    Great bike.
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  4. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    So many great options on this thread and the Super Tenere sounds like a great replacement for the BMW. But if you want to supplement and get another bike, you can pick up Vstroms for great prices used. I love mine and commute (freeway) on it everyday as well as use it for work appointments in the field. I can't be late or miss these so I chose the Strom for its reliability and it was worth it. Yes its ugly, but just the other day a guy rolled up to me and said he liked the "industrial" look of it. Very utilitarian.
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  5. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

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    Is this at Cal Moto?
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    Their service department is only interested in doing general services, which is where they make a lot of money.
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    Try SJ BMW, they are much better. And ask for a loaner bike.
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  6. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    And the dealer will give lip service, promise it was a fluke, give a free oil change coupon, a peck on the cheek and send you along. Even the BEST dealer can't control the madness of the manufacturer. Yes, they feedback, but it takes a commitment form the maker to have the right stuff already IN THE COUNTRY to avoid customs delays. These long waits (with any brand) are usually while they engineer an alleged cure for a cronic failure part.
    A person has the most leverage BEFORE the sale, so have the dealer that claims to "go the extra mile" write a free loaner bike clause into the purchase and sales agreement for any service taking longer than a couple days. See how serious they are about satisfied cutomers, best brand, best support, blah, blah.
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  7. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Zappa was SOOOO ahead of his time!!!! :clap

    Flakes. flakes

    Flakes, flakes
    They don't do no good
    They never be workin’ when they oughta should
    They waste your time
    They're wastin’ mine
    California’s got the most of them
    Boy, they got a host of them
    Swear to god they got the most at every business on the coast
    Swear to god they got the most at every business on the coast
    They got the flakes

    Flakes, flakes
    They can't fix your brakes
    You ask ‘em, “Where’s my motor?”
    ”Well, it was eaten by snakes”
    You can stab ‘n’ shoot ‘n’ spit but they won’t be fixin’ it
    They're lyin’ an lazy
    They can be drivin’ you crazy
    Swear to god they got the most at every business on the coast
    Swear to god they got the most at every business on the coast
    Take it away, bob

    I asked as nice as I could if my job would somehow be finished by Friday
    Well, the whole damn weekend came n went, Frankie
    (Wanna buy some mandies, bob?)
    You know what?
    They didn't do nothin’ but they charged me double for Sunday
    Now, you know, no matter what you do, they gonna cheat and rob you
    And then they'll give you a bill that’ll get your senses reelin’
    And if you do not pay, they got computer collectors that’ll get you so crazy ‘til your head’ll go through the ceilin’
    Yes, it will

    I’m a moron and this is my wife
    She’s frosting a cake with a paper knife
    All what we got here’s American made
    It’s a little bit cheesy but it's nicely displayed
    Well, we don't get excited when it crumbles and breaks
    We just get on the phone and call up some flakes
    They rush on over and wreck it some more
    And we are so dumb, they're linin’ up at our door
    Well, our toilet went crazy yesterday afternoon
    The plumber he says, “Never flush a tampon”
    This great information cost me half a weeks pay and the toilet blew up later on the next day

    Blew up the next day

    One two three four

    Flakes, flakes

    Flakes, flakes

    Flakes, flakes
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  8. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Thar, I dun fixed it fer ya! :rofl

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  9. SocalRob

    SocalRob Long timer

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    Exactly. I find the BMW dealers who give loaners get the repairs done quickly. The loaner makes dropping the bike at a dealer, and it's fun do ride a different bike for a day.
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  10. Wraith Rider

    Wraith Rider Banned

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    This. Crazy the dealer didn't suggest that by himself. When my Honda is serviced, no matter if regular service, warranty or attaching accessories and it's longer than 1...2 hours so I could wait, I get whatever bike is available at that moment and only have to bring it back with a full tank.
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  11. Mudcat

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    I think he is going to an asshole dealer. I have issues with BMW but I was always given a loaner bike. When the bike was on warranty, they rolled out the red carpet and tried to make as easy on me as possible.
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  12. t-bills

    t-bills mcs are dangerous

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    How old is the bike? Check on the lemon laws in your state. Some states have them apply to motorcycles, some don't. I would imagine Cali does... I personally am not allowed to discuss the many times my R1200RT may or may not have been in the shop for many weeks resulting in the use of the lemon law that may or may not have happened, if you know what I mean. My dealer gave me a loaner when I asked for one. At least around here, loaners are not something that BMW NA or any other manufacturer takes care of. It is only in the goodness of the dealer's heart (do dealers have hearts???) to let you take a loaner (often demo bike).
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  13. Dan-M

    Dan-M Long timer

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    I'm on my second BMW and neither have ever been back to the dealer. So my experience has been great. If I were to have a difficulty that I could not handle and the dealer could not figure out or source parts for, I would lose faith quickly. It does seem BMW does not have a US parts depot. If they do it is poorly stocked. When I have special ordered parts I hear "they're coming from Germany". It would suck if you are on the road.....

    I have other bikes but I travel on my BMW. I need to trust it.
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  14. MedicalQuackery

    MedicalQuackery Adventurer

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    As far as the loaner goes, I did not ask about it. In this case, it was not an urgent repair, I checked it out beforehand, took off the alternator cover and saw the oil dribbling out from under the crank pulley. i took some pic's and called the dealer. In order to minimize downtime, I ordered (and paid for) the front seal... and arranged to drop the bike off on a Saturday before heading out of town for a week. The irony was I figured they would be done with the bike on Tuesday and would be testy about me leaving it there the whole week.

    I also ordered an alternator belt, since it was going to be taken off anyway to access the seal. As usual, when I dropped the bike off, I could talk only to the service advisor, not the tech, or I would have made sure they had the damn tool to seat the seal. I get back from my trip, bike is not ready as the tool is not in yet. The following Thursday it is done... the best part is they charged me to replace the belt... that needed to come off anyway!

    Up time is what attracted me to BMW in the first place, with a strong owner-knowledge base to fix pretty much anything. This is true. I also liked their strong dealer network, and while parts and dealer repairs are pricey, at least you could get them. That seems to be pretty much a myth, or at least it is not consistent. I really count on the damn thing for commuting, not so much to save a couple of bucks on gas (clearly, or I would ride a KLR), but to spare at least 15 miles of stop and go pain every day.
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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    No way I would allow that!

    You really need to prepare for the future and start doing your own work.

    Jim :brow
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  16. MedicalQuackery

    MedicalQuackery Adventurer

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    I do all my own maintenance work (thanks to the CD's from that JVB guy). The bike is under warranty, so that's why it went into the shop for these repairs. Probably I would have done the seal myself if it didn't require a special tool.
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  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Understood, I use warranty as well.:deal

    Jim :brow
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  18. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    See now! If you did, in fact, ride a KLR you could of made your own tool out of chicken bones, patented it, and sold it to fellow KLR riders for a handsome half pence. :D
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  19. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

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    The loaner bike thing should be a no-brainer. Call them up today and ask for one. Explain your commuting situation and it should be no problem. BMW dealers are required to put a certain number of miles on their demo bikes anyway and often have a hard time meeting that requirement.
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  20. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    This is why I will always own more than one bike. No worries about loaners.
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