Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Campbell, CA, USA
I almost had the same thing happen after my first dealer service on the RT-P. I get home from a 150 mile ride, park the bike, and go into the house. Need to check something so I go back outside and see fluid on the rear rim. I reach underneath the final drive and find that the drain plug was only finger tight! Disaster barely averted (seems I had only lost a couple of tablespoons of lube).
If you can get past the "it wasn't our fault, it was full when serviced", then the next dealer response on this (big ticket) item will probably be "if it hasn't failed, it will be O.K." I would try to turn that around by asking them to prove that damage had not occurred which will result in pre-mature failure. Then as a final bargain, I would at least try to get them to agree to an "extension" of the warranty on anything which goes out in the final drive for the next, say, 2 years/24k miles. If they are so sure that "nothing will have gotten damaged" by this incident, then they shouldn't have an issue giving you this extension IN WRITING. Won't probably apply at any other dealer, but at least you will have some protection around your home.
2005.5 KTM Adventure 950