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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 5th, 2013, 4:29 pm Thread Starter
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Oil change and tires while you wait?

Conceptually could you get an oil change, final drive oil and new tires put on an '07 K12GT while you wait? Say if you were on a cross country trip and rolled into a dealer to have this service, assuming a bay was open, could it be done while you wait? It's what, two hours of work?

I just called up my local dealer to schedule this service to be done the week of April 9. I said I'd drop the bike off on 4/9 and I'd pick it up on 4/13. The dealer said they can't guarantee it will be done because that's getting into the busy season. That's why I called a month ahead of time!

I am leaving on a 5,000 trip the following week. So I have to have the bike back and I have to have service. I can't (don't want to) bring it in earlier b/c it simply won't be ready for service yet.
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20 years ago you could count on just about any dealer doing tires and oil with little to no notice and welcome your business. Especially when on the road. No more. This has become one of my major pet peeves with BMW dealers. They want to carry the logo...but unless you bought the bike from them...and even then some times they don't give a shit...you're going to wait weeks. There are many dealers and too long a list that I wouldn't even bother with just because of this attitude. I've had the dealers in Reno, Salt Lake, Las Vegas, Austin, Denver, Spokane, and more all tell me no way. Can't get you in for 3 or 4 weeks. Sometimes longer. Any that can't fit you in on the road with a few days notice for tires and oil isn't worth giving business to IMO. F'em.

The following 3 are the ones that I know will take care of you and I go out of my way to give business to. They've become my go to dealers for on the road service and cover strategic parts of the country. Just plan accordingly and try to give them a few days heads up. Make sure they have the tires you want too.

A&S in Sacramento...Always treat me well with just a few days notice no matter what time of year.

Big Sky in Missoula...great guys but give them as much notice as possible. Smaller shop but they will take care of you.

Gina's in Iowa City...call if you want tires and oil on Saturday. Any other day ride in Tues - Fri.

There are others and some of the other guys here might chime in. I've heard good things about though never used...Ozzie's in Chico, the guys down in Albuquerque, and the folks up in Tigard, OR.

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here in san diego both both dealers would accomodate as it's riding season year round here ,plus they do mine in that amount of time ,i usually go test ride a bike or 2 to kill the time

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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BMW-Ducati Charlotte: Drop it off on the way to work, take a loaner bike to work and pick it up on the way home. I'll bet I put 6000 miles on the loaner for warranty work!

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Originally Posted by 1951vbs
BMW-Ducati Charlotte: Drop it off on the way to work, take a loaner bike to work and pick it up on the way home. I'll bet I put 6000 miles on the loaner for warranty work!
That's the way it should be done!
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I've had great luck with my local dealer, BMW Ventura in SoCal, as have many travelers. They do what it takes to get you in and back on the road quickly. Also the dealers in Tigard (Portland), Oregon and Marietta (Atlanta), GA have treated me very well.

I've also changed engine and final drive oil in a WalMart or AutoZone parking lot, so I can grab any accessories I need and recycle the old oil right there.

And I carry everything I need to remove both wheels so any local bike or accessories shop can mount & balance the tires.

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Karl - Call Joe at Max - they might be slowing down a bit. he might be able to fit you in & remember free pick up & drop off 7 no tax - good luck hope to catch up soon with you - be safe on your trip - are you heading home down South to NO

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Max BMW will do tires while you wait. Price is right too. Right at Internet tire prices. Did that for me with a day notice April 2012 for a front on a 2007 GT. that gives you three locations NH, CT and NY. Probably will do oil too. I had Asheville NC dealer do oil change with a call day before. I said 2pm was when I could get there heading north from south GA. I was out by 4 with a couple of recommendations for interesting ride route to Knoxville . Both dealers are very good.

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Took my bike in Yesterday morning for 30K service and Jump Guard. The dealer lent me a new C600 Scooter which was a bit of laugh. I went back 3 hours later but they were having some issues with the gasket sealing so asked If I would mind taking another bike for a spin for an hour and promptly handed me the keys to a brand new K1300S sport, back an hour later all done.

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my dealer does oil and tires while I wait, no problems.

I do give him the luxury of a making a apt. since I ride in on Saturday mornings but I am always on the road by lunch time. If I could get there during the week, I would not even bother with the appt.
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