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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-22-2002, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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600 mile checkup

Hello all, about a month and a half ago I bought a brand new Ninja 500R, and it's my first bike. It just hit 600 miles yesterday though, and I brought it in to the dealership to have its 600 mile checkup. They told me it would cost $230 though! I'm new at buying vehicles, but are check ups not covered in warranties? I've also heard that this first checkup is the most important one, and I should definitely have someone look at it, right? Is that price expensive? Shouls I shop around?
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I don't recall either of my 600 mile check-ups (F4 and XX) costing that much. I guess it depends on the bike though, and what they have to do to it, the local shop rates, etc. Just my input, I'd say shop around a little, it can't hurt.

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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-22-2002, 01:47 PM
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Yes, bikes do need service and usually starting at 600 miles. No, service is usually not covered under warranty unless you made some special deal with the dealer (not likely). Yes, the 600 mile service is important as it gets the break-in oil and filter changed, makes sure that everything works correctly, and that critical bolts are still tight to their torque specs. $230 sounds average for a dealer. Another problem with dealers is that it can sometimes take a month or more to get a service appointment (especially in the summer).

You have 3 choices: do the work yourself if you feel confident and get the service manual (the owner's manual will at least have the maintenance schedule in it), find a good independent shop that will charge 1/2 to 2/3 of what a dealer charges, or bite the bullet and take it to the dealer. My suggestion would be to go to a good independent shop if you or a buddy knows one or take it to the dealer until you have time to either prepare to do it yourself or find a good shop.

BTW, the subsequent services will likely be more expensive as they do more stuff.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-23-2002, 05:35 PM
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Sounds a little high to me. I bought a ZX6R this summer; I did the 600mile oil myself but took it in at 3600 for the oil and a full checkover. They also readjusted the suspension for me( have muzzy dogbones because I'm so damn short). Ran $130 and they did a great job; in and out in 2 days
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-23-2002, 05:42 PM
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That seems crazy damn expensive. 230 bucks for an oil change?? 1st service=change oil, tighten chain if needed, lube the levers, and make sure the fasteners are tightened. Crapload of money for $25 bucks in parts and an hour or so of time.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-24-2002, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah....I called another place and they quoted me as $150, plus parts. So...I think I'm just gonna pretend I'm smart and mechanically proficient and change the oil & filter myself. The valve readjustment is the only thing I can't do, and I checked all the fluid levels and they look fine, so...yeah. If the bike ends up exploding I'll be very upset however.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-25-2002, 06:35 PM
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Buy a Haynes or Clymer manual for $25 and save yourelf LOTS of money. First maintenence on a bike is an oil/filter change and making sure all of the bolts are still tight. Some claim they check/adjust the valves, but they won't uless they hear the valves chattering when they run the bike.

90% of bike maintence can be done with proper tools and a good manual.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-25-2002, 06:46 PM
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buy a factory service manual..

those other manuals are crap..do the 600 mile service your self, keep your receipts so you can prove the service was done in case of a warranty issue..

you dont need a valve adj. this soon..but do get one when the time comes around..

enjoy your bike, that includes doing as much maintenance your self..
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-25-2002, 10:07 PM
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Yeah, that's how the dealer makes back the money cause he gave you a good deal on the purchase.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2002, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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So yeah...I did it. Kind of. The fluid levels look fine, and I managed to drain the oil, but I couldn't get the damn oil filter off. I looked online and I couldn't find an oil filter wrench that looks like it can fit through that tight spot to remove it, so I'll just leave it on there till the next tune up. I live in an apt building still and when the fuzz passed by me working in the parking lot they gave me a lecture about working on my "motorized vee-hicle" outdoors. Pretty lame but interesting nonetheless.

P.S. Anyone have any bright ideas about removing the oil filter?
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