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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by klimtachakka, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. klimtachakka

    klimtachakka Adventurer

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    How do you handle the service indicator? Just leaving it on?

    Started to do more work on the bike myself.
    Chaingig tires, chains, sprockets , breakpads and so on...
    But still thinking about going to the dealer for the annual service because of the service indicator.
    I'm not really worried about the secondhand value because I dont think about selling it any time soon.
    And paying over 250 EUR (no idea what that is in freedom money :D) but that seems a bit steep for what in general is an oil change and bearing inspections....:deal
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  2. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    GS 911 will let you reset service indicators and diagnose error codes.

    These bikes are very reliable and only need some basic service to run a long way down the road.
    On this forum you can find DIY instructions or support:

    Oil and filter
    air filter
    battery
    fuel pump and filter
    stator monitor and replacement
    chain and sprockets
    steering head bearings
    tires and wheels
    valve check and shim swap
    timing chain replacement with master link method

    That is mainly what you need to do for the first 100,000 miles.
    DIY will save you $4,000 plus in the first 5 years of ownership.
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  3. klimtachakka

    klimtachakka Adventurer

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    Did not know about the 911, thanks for the info.
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  4. 1or2Cylinder

    1or2Cylinder Been here awhile

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    Max BMW charges $17 to reset the service indicator and document any codes if the bike is not in for something else at the time. Maybe a better plan if your bike is still under warranty.
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  5. Snowy

    Snowy Long timer

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    my local dealer wont reset it unless they service it.

    So it has been on continuously for some 60,000kms or so.

    I don't even see it anymore.
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  6. foogr01

    foogr01 On the scorpion trail...

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    Next thing we' ll see is that the bikes won't even start up anymore if we 're not going to the dealer to leave our money :pissed
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  7. Arrethul

    Arrethul n00b

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    My BMW dealer charges $60 to reset it if its not in for service. And told me "You're better off just getting it serviced here since its $60 to turn it off". I'm just like.. :rofl
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  8. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    At this point about the only thing I'm interested in letting the dealer do are the valves.

    Chains, pads, tires, oil changes, filters: all that stuff is pretty easy and for the most part doesn't require a lot of digging into the plastics or bike teardown.

    I have a GS911 and it's a great piece of kit. Super easy to work with.

    For me though, the best part about doing the work is that in many cases I can have the work done in my garage before I could even do a round trip to the dealer. That alone is worth the price of doing it myself.
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  9. 97707

    97707 Go Long

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    SSSHHHH.

    Don't give them any ideas.



    .
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  10. Tor

    Tor Imported Viking

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    I've never asked the dealer to do reset it. I noticed it when the very first service came up. Since then I have never paid attention to it. I do all service myself.
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  11. Tor

    Tor Imported Viking

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    Right
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  12. stephen.stallebrass

    stephen.stallebrass Been here awhile

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    I just ignore it.
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  13. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    Mine's been on for 20K + and I HAVE a 911! :rofl
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  14. Saltboxlad

    Saltboxlad Long timer

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    And I thought you were fond of the 3M's (other brands are available) reset device:D
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  15. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    3M products are great for shutting up hostages, wives and anal retentive owners. I've done 2 oil changes now and it runs fine so maybe later I'll turn it off and check for codes. Maybe. I prefer to watch the scenery. :p3rry
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  16. wizze

    wizze Wizze = Wise

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    I've had 2 dealers turn my service light off for free before I bought the 911. $60??? Get bent! It is properly irritating to let it on for 20,000 kms but I guess that's the point.
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  17. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    With the new MOSS computer, it takes time to shut it off so that's what you're paying for. Wheel bike in, remove seat, hook up power supply to the bike, log into Moss, wait while Germany gets acquainted with your bike, checks for recalls, poke a number of buttons to reach the page, say "yes" to a million questions.....blah blah......reset, reverse procedure and hope it took. Oh and one bike at a time so if it's a busy shop.......

    With the old GT1, you could run the connector out the door or window and rely on battery power (like the 911). MOSS needs an internet connection via cable and needs a power supply cause it takes so long and low voltage scrambles software. You can render a bike unuseable if you do that. Seen it done.

    So yeah, free is asking a lot unless you're a gold star customer.
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  18. foogr01

    foogr01 On the scorpion trail...

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    I'm getting very very interested in the 911 :evil
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  19. Rgconner

    Rgconner Long timer

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  20. Saltboxlad

    Saltboxlad Long timer

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    Well, Ive just completed the 12K service and the service light is staying on for now.
    Didnt bother with valves, will check them at 18 or 24 when I change the plugs.

    Took all of 50 minutes, £70 all in with Genuine filters(Air & Oil), Dealer was talking £140 or £270 with valves. Could have got cheap filters and saved £15 but I thought what the hell, I was riding past a Dealer earlier today and popped in.
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