Originally Posted by N7ULC
This might be the wrong forum, but wanted to see what others have experienced for cost of their 12K services. I called to make an appointment and was given a $700 price for this service. Not sure this is parts and labor but expect that it is.
When I bought the bike I had the service manager give me the future costs of services and was given something more like $400. Just wondered if costs have gone up that much or just where I might take it here in Texas for better rates?
There are different services.
The 6k is a glorified oil change (engine, engine filter, tranny, final drive).
The 12k is much more involved, requiring removal of tupperware, seat frame and fuel tank to get to the air filter (a 12K item), as well as the left subframe to remove the valve cover to check valve clearances. If clearances are off, the cam for that valve's bank has to be removed (not a big deal, but additional work). And at a 24k service, add in the work to remove the fuel pump/filter assembly from the fuel tank to replace the fuel filter.
Separate from the 6k and 12k services, there are periodic (independent of mileage) items -- coolant change, brake fluid change, clutch fluid change -- each of which will be done/charged separately.
You might want to ask your service manager about the difference as compared with what you were initially told; I expect he'll tell you he was quoting the 6k service (if so, he really should have given you a heads-up on the 12k costs!). As to reasonability, sorry, I can't comment on the costs of each service in your market, as there's considerable variation between the markets (e.g., differences in tech pay and overhead costs in San Francisco vs. Iowa). Your neighbors can chime in on your local specifics and their recommendations.
Better idea: Find someone in your area that's having a service party, or would be willing to come over or host you to do your service -- it's really not hard, and you'll learn *lots* about what's under the skin. As a preview, check out the Oil Change 101 article in the Articles section.