Originally Posted by dglenn1
That said, there is a difference between taking it to the dealer and blowing off the maintenance all together. I don't agree you should just change the oil and ride it. Somehow, the recommended maintenance should be performed.
BIG +1 on this.
I mean it is your bike and your money and decision for sure, but why would you not do your own scheduled
I Just cant see neglecting a piece of machinery I trust my life to.
I did not look for sure, but plugs, air filter, all fluid changes at 12,000.
Since you said what your mileage was, I would think your in for an air filter the gas filter would be good to do at that time.
I learned something on the tendency of the LT to go tight on valves instead of loose, so I would also at least check them while I had the tank off for the air filter as you have the Tupperware off anyway.
Again from a lot of these replies I see that people have a lot more money then I if they are willing to take a +22,000 dollar motorcycle and neglect it and ride it into the ground, and then toss it and get another.
I rode Harley's, and blew what passes as their warranty in the first few months of owning everyone of them because of mods. I never had a dealer touch one on a warranty claim. Never would they do my service. Never would they build my motor. These were my jobs.
Same here, I do 3000's myself, the dealer gets his 6000's. At least until the warranty is gone, then nothing but me.
I will do my own Brake flush and buy the GS 911 when the time comes. I will do my own coolant flush when it is due.
My dealer and I have a great relationship and he will back me on warranty even if I don't let him do some of the scheduled service to save money. He uses my Trany and FD fluid I bring him. Told me flat out he wont even think about valves until 18-24, and then only to check. Giving them a little bread and butter goes a long way come some warranty work.
Also I see mentioned that BMW's maintenance seems to some to be excessive. I think 6000 miles on any dino oil excessive. I don't see 12000 miles on plugs bad at all. Neither the brake flush or the coolant flush seems excessive to me.
The only issue I have at all on the BMW is getting to what needs done. That is why I will do it to learn, and I trust me.
I guess it comes down to how you look at your ride, and what you expect out of it.