I've had my K1200RS for only a year or so, so it has had only one "annual" service. I took it in to Mick Vallantine in Seattle (http://www.vmwmotorcycles.com/)
. This guy does service mainly on BMWs. He even services the cop bikes. Very reasonable fees.
Anyway, I let him do an "annual" on the K-bike last fall. Since the bike is a '98 with about 40,000 miles on it, and it had a couple months left on an extended warranty, I asked him to check over just about everything.
I should state here that up till then I had always had all dealer service done at Ride West BMW in Seattle, but, because their service dood told me that they would not just poke around for things that "might" go wrong, they would fix stuff that I told them to, I figured that I needed to take this bike elsewhere.
We discussed it and agreed that he probably didn't need to check the valves, as that had been done the previous year by Ride West BMW. OK. He changed out the brake and clutch fluids, and changed the tranny and final drive lubes during the course of checking things out. I was outta there for about a hunnert fifty bux.
I've had a wonderful R1150GS since August 2000. Last summer, while on the Nez Perce Rally, I finally decided on the perfect name for that bike. It was just after making it over the pass at Elk Summit, that I decided she deserved the name, "Good Motorcycle." Since new on this bike I have changed engine oil every 3,000 mi, adjusted valves every 6,000, and changed air filter, spark plugs, tranny and final drive lubes every 12,000. I have changed the alternator belt once, at around 42,000 miles. Yeah, those are supposed to be changed at 36K, I know. Now I know. I have always taken the GS into Ride West for "annual" service, which I have always thought of as a sort of Quality Assurance measure. This "annual" consisted mainly of changing clutch and brake fluids, synching the throttle bodies, and checking for faults on the "Moby Dick." In '05 I got new throttle cables. Prices keep going up. It's getting over two hunnert bux for the basic job.
Last week I took the GS over to see Mick for the annual service. I asked him how much money I needed to bring when I came to pick up the bike after the brake/clutch/throttle sync/Moby "annual" and he said a hunnert bux would do it. I asked him if he needed to pull the gas tank for anything, and he said no, not unless I wanted him to change out the alternator belt and the fuel filter. Hmm. The bike needs a new fuel filter, and a new belt would not hurt a bit, considering where I'll be with that bike next summer... "How much?", I ask. He told me an extra hunnert fifty. I was out of there for $240. COOL!
I am looking forward to the next regular oil change on either the K or the GS, as I now have a new Handy Lift in my garage!! I actually enjoy doing the standard, easy stuff, but I take the machine in to Mick for what I view as more complicated stuff.