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this was mentioned on another thread but I didn't want to hijack.

Bike Maintenance. What're some common things that need to be changed/fixed/replaced regularly, and the average coordinating costs? As well as this, how periodically do these things need to be replaced/maintained?

I imagine there are gonna be some known differences from bike to bike, but obviously, generalities would be ok here.
 

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Oil change (4 qts @ $2 ea, filter ~$4), 3-5k mi
Air filter change ($5?), frequency ?
Clean chain (~$1), every 500mi
Lube chain w/oil or wax ($2), every 500mi
Brake fluid change ($10), every 3 years
Tire change, rear ($100), every 5000mi
Tire change, front ($100), every 8000mi
Wash ($1), every ride
Wax ($1), every week or month
Gas @40mpg
Earplugs, $5/yr
Leather cleaner & conditioner, $3/yr
Fork fluid change/seals, $70-100, every 5 years?
Cable lube, $1-10, every 2-5 years

That's all I've got the patience to write down so far. I'm sure there are others. This obviously doesn't include installing aftermarket parts that you ought to consider, the first of which is frame and swingarm sliders to minimize the damage to the bike when you drop it or go down.
 

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Chain+sprockets $300 every 2 years
Brake pads $60 every year
Spark Plugs $20/ 2 years
Clean caliper pistons (free) every year, replace seals ($10) if necessary


A few disagreements with kanwisch
Oil filter is $10 at the local dealership
Factor air filter is $40, once a year
Brake fluid change should be once a year, but costs around $5 a bottle, always use a fresh bottle.
Rear tire costs almost $200 and lasts less than 3k miles (unless touring, in which case 8k is reasonable)
Front tire costs $150 and lasts 5k miles
Fork seals replacement frequency is directly related to your squidliness factor. Every 6mo is not unusual. They cost about $40, but will run you a fair bit in labor unless you do them yourself.
 

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Chain+sprockets $300 every 2 years
Brake pads $60 every year
Spark Plugs $20/ 2 years
Clean caliper pistons (free) every year, replace seals ($10) if necessary


A few disagreements with kanwisch
Oil filter is $10 at the local dealership
Factor air filter is $40, once a year
Brake fluid change should be once a year, but costs around $5 a bottle, always use a fresh bottle.
Rear tire costs almost $200 and lasts less than 3k miles (unless touring, in which case 8k is reasonable)
Front tire costs $150 and lasts 5k miles
Fork seals replacement frequency is directly related to your squidliness factor. Every 6mo is not unusual. They cost about $40, but will run you a fair bit in labor unless you do them yourself.
I can't believe I missed the tires by that much, but you're quite right. And the air filter was a wild guess :p As for the rest, YMMV, definitely.
 

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My first car was a 2000 Audi a4 1.8t, i sold it b/c i was spending $400/month keeping the damn thing on the road..

awesome information guys, I was nervous that the upkeep would be pricey but now I'm not too worried about it as long as I keep on top of the tires. I'd probably keep 500 for it when i buy the bike and maybe save 100 a month for upkeep spending.

i'll look into frame/swingarm sliders
 
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