service cost: bmw r1200gs vs triumph tiger 800 vs ducati multistrada 1200

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  1. Pepemoto

    Pepemoto Road-slicer

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    I’ve been pondering on this. Any ideas? I’ll like to know the cost of major servicing of each bikes. I love them all and I am just wondering.
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  2. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    I would like to know as well. good question.
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  3. Daboo

    Daboo Been here awhile

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    Have you called your local dealers?

    Service costs (labor) vary by region.
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  4. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Motorcyclist

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    Just a guess...
    BMW $$$$
    Triumph $$$
    Multistrada $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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  5. Emmett

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    BMW and Triumph dealership are one dealership here in New Orleans. Call them and ask them. Look up TTRNO you’ll find them.


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  6. Pepemoto

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    Hmmm, I strongly think that bmw r1200gs will be lower due to easy access on adjusting valves compare to Tiger and Multistrada. See, one would have to take apart all the body bits, tank, and air box to access the Desmo on top. Then again, wouldn’t hurt to ask. I’m in Bay Area so cost will be high.
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  7. GasDepot

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    I have a 15 tiger 800 XRX
    Recommended service is
    6k oil & filter
    12k all fluids, valves, lube inspect bearings cost $1100
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  8. Daboo

    Daboo Been here awhile

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    I went to the local Ducati dealer when I had a scooter a few years ago to get my tires changed. You may think a scooter is cheap...but they aren't. So you can imagine my amazement when I looked at the cost of the first major service on the wall behind the service manager. My gosh...a couple of those, and I could buy a new bike!

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  9. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    Why not get Japanese if you aee worried about costs
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    jjjjjjay Been here awhile

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    Useful reply. I would add one or two $ to the BMW probably and just note that Ducati has the longest major service intervals.
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  11. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    My older single spark multi has 24,000km intervals for the big maintenance and runs $800-1200.

    The newer DVTs and the 1260 are 15000km oil change (which costs oil plus car style filter) and 30,000km "desmo" maintenance, which varies by 50% on the valves. If the valves are good its not terrible if they have to adjust them add that 50%.

    That being said, even for my 2012 the valves don't usually need a lot of a attention on the first major unless you are tracking it or really riding the wheels off. Triumph maintenance isn't that cheap, even my 675 Daytona ran about $750 for a major service AND had a 5,000 mile oil interval vice the longer recommendation on both my Ducati and KTM, in addition the valve services are closer by 10,000km so there is that.

    The LOW one in the field would actually be a KTM 1290 of the flavor of your choosing, the oil changes are a bit silly at $70 in filters and screens, but they are only every 15,000km, the valve maintenance is actually every 60,000km and the the 30,000km majors run $700 without them.
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    Bingo.
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  13. The Butcher

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    Had the 15,000 mile desmo service done on my 2010 Multi this past summer. Total cost was $875.
    This included oil/filter change, air filter change, plug change, valve adjust, timing belts change, chain adjust and clean/lube and general inspection.
    $400 in parts, $475 in labor.

    I also own a 2017 Tiger 800 xca and would be curious to know what the major service on that will set me back.
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  14. bighairless

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    I can't answer for all Japanese bikes but the Tenere is more expensive to have the dealer maintain than the GSW in my state. Labor rates are the same per hour and it takes considerably longer to work on the Tenere. By the time you get the valve check done the Tenere has the lead.
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    I've never owned a Ducati but I have had a Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 XC/currently have a Tiger 800 (wife's)/and the 17 GSA. The GSA is less expensive to dealer maintain than the Triumphs.

    Maybe its different elsewhere but I can't remember buying a new bike and not being shown a breakdown of the scheduled maintenance. One of the dealers I used to frequent is gone but that one and two others in the area have all the maintenance costs on one sheet for each bike and will show you exactly what it costs to the penny.

    Along the same line, I do my own maintenance and I haven't had any bike that is easier to perform scheduled maintenance than the GS.
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    Yeah but the klr is cheaper
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  16. triman11427

    triman11427 Mud is my chrome

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    The least expensive is the BMW because it's the easiest to work on by yourself. Everything is easily accessible and the plugs, filters etc are not very expensive. Aside from a major issue with the tranny or engine I'd say 98% of maintaining a BMW can be done by the owner. Ive tried maintaining a 2015 Tiger 800 XRx and it's definitely more complicated. Things just aren't as accessible. I haven't owned a Ducati but if history is any indicator it's probably best left to a dealer. I owned and maintained a 2013 Super Tenere which wasn't too difficult to work on but things are just not as easy to get to as the BMW. Also which is better, shorter intervals between maintenance but easier to perform or longer intervals which are more time consuming and hence more expensive.
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  17. Yossarian™

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    Well, if you are doing the work yourself, that definitely skews "service cost" figures, doesn't it? Yes, a Triumph or Ducati engine require taking off the fuel tank, etc. So it takes more time to remove fasteners and disconnect hoses and electrical bits. It's really not any more complicated than that. I'd say that 98% of maintaining a Triumph or Ducati can also be done by the owner.

    I can say I'd rather check clearance on desmodromic valves than standard, as there isn't big spring energy that one must work against when turning the engine. But none of the stuff is overly complicated, at least as far as I am concerned, until it gets into engine internals, and that's where I usually draw my line.
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  18. AzB

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    The GS may be easier to get to things like valves and plugs, but once you get into replacing parts, the gap widens again. Price fuel pumps for example, or brake pads. Everything on the GS is quite a bit more expensive than other brands, except ktm.

    All German vehicles are like this, and this is exactly why I sell them when the warranty runs out.
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  19. triman11427

    triman11427 Mud is my chrome

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    I used to think that way as well. What I find is moving to a newer model year generally means that the old farkles don't fit so I'm starting from scratch to set up the bike as I like. That could cost a couple of grand right there. When I finally get a bike dialed in to my liking I'm definitely thinking twice before changing, even if it's out of warranty.


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  20. Daboo

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    I picked up my F800GT from a retired cardiologist. He put on about $3000 worth of accessories and then sold it below KBB. He was out the initial depreciation and the cost of the farkles.

    When I get the new bike lust, I eventually get to the point of asking myself what benefits the new bike will give me. Then I look at the cost of getting those new benefits. It makes it much easier to come back to reality.

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