600 Mile Check and Dealer Gouging
I Just took delivery on a new 2017 RT - Man, what a ride! I've owned several other BMWs, the latest of which was a 2010 Cam-head GS. I've always enjoyed doing as much of my own maintenance as I can. I enjoy turning wrenches, and I find it's a great way to bond with a new bike. Of course I understand that's not for everybody, but I get a lot of pleasure out of it. This is my first new BMW, so I've never had to deal with this 600 mile check. With the price tag in the $300 to $400 range (some higher), I wondered what in the world they are doing to justify such a cost. Some owners I've spoken to discouraged me from doing this check myself. They described this as a highly important service only to be performed by a trained BMW certified mechanic. After doing some research, I call "B.S"
According to the BMW document I read, this check is an oil/filter change, final-drive oil change, and a general visual inspection. It also includes checking for any tripped service codes in the computer. Now, a good portion of the bill (about $100) is the overpriced BMW branded oil and filter they are using, but the rest is hard to account for. With older BMWs, this early check was much more complicated. It involved re-torquing heads, valve check/adjustment, in addition to fluid changes. Now, not so much.
For those who think it requires a "BMW specialist" to preform this work, I respectfully disagree. A case in point is my own dealer whom I bought the bike from. On the ride home from the dealership, my TPM alert came on. It showed the rear tire pressure in the red, over pressurized to 59 psi. The front showed 48. I stopped off to buy a tire gage and found that it was actually even higher than that. The gauge pegged out at 60. So this "BMW specialist" at this very well thought of dealership can't even get tire pressure right, and I'm supposed to trust him with this check? My guess is that a highly trained BMW mechanic did not uncrate and prep my bike. I also doubt that a busy dealership assigns a valuable mechanic to do this oil change. As for warranty, of course records and receipts need to be kept as proof that the motorcycle has been maintained properly. In the USA at least, not having the dealership to this work in no way affects your warranty.
For those of you with a new BMW who think you will enjoy maintaining your own bike, I encourage you to invest in the few necessary tools. Get some good instruction DVDs from someone like Jim Von Baden, if you need it. Buy your Spectro or Liquid-Moly, or whatever, oil from Ted Porter or Beemer Boneyard, and use the money you save to buy yourself a GS-911.
Last edited by bonwit; Apr 14th, 2017 at 4:27 pm.