Performing your own scheduled service maintenance
My 2003 K1200GT is almost due for its 12K mile service and since I'm planning to keep the bike for long time I'm looking for any advise in regard to performing scheduled maintenance on my own.
When I enquired with the local dealer I was told that because the bike is four years old it requires both the 12K miles plus the 48 months service and the cost will be $820. This will also include the annual service of replacing the brake fluid and clutch fluid.
This is the estimate assuming that no new parts are needed, but I'm expecting the charges to be well over $900 once they are done with everything.
First of all, does it sound like a fair price to you? I'm not sure what else the bike needs at 48 months that isn't covered by the 12K miles and the annual service combined.
Second, I would like to know if anyone has ever performed these scheduled maintenance services on their own, and if so, would you recommend it to a person with basic technical skill? I have adjusted valves and replaced brake pads and fluids on Japanese bikes and on my K100, but haven't done anything on the KRS/GT. Currently I don't even own a service manual for the GT but I'm considering buying one.
Because this is the first major service on the bike I think I'll have the dealer to perform it this time, but I'm seriously considering start doing my own services in the future ( what ever I can do ) since I will be retiring and I'll have plenty of time on my hands very soon. Any suggestion or comments are greatly appreciated.
Thank you all.
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'03 K1200GT - Sold in 2009