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    K1200GT gen 2 service cost?

    A non-forum using buddy of mine with a gen 2 K1200GT just had his 18K service interval done and was rather shocked to receive a $727.41 bill. Broken down, that is $585 labor (billed for 7.8 hours @ $75/hr), the rest being tax and parts. Is this fairly normal? Sounds a bit excessive... No breakdown on parts or what was done was given to him so I can't provide more information. I told him the first step was to go back and get a summary of what they did... which, if nothing else, would be good reference down the line. Just seeking information... I don't want to go into which dealer and such unless there seems to be a reason to throw up a warning flag.
    John A. Brown - Kalamazoo MI
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmubrown View Post
    A non-forum using buddy of mine with a gen 2 K1200GT just had his 18K service interval done and was rather shocked to receive a $727.41 bill. Broken down, that is $585 labor (billed for 7.8 hours @ $75/hr), the rest being tax and parts. Is this fairly normal? Sounds a bit excessive... No breakdown on parts or what was done was given to him so I can't provide more information. I told him the first step was to go back and get a summary of what they did... which, if nothing else, would be good reference down the line. Just seeking information... I don't want to go into which dealer and such unless there seems to be a reason to throw up a warning flag.
    If your buddy lives in 'Zoo near you, then the bike was likely serviced at BMW MC of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have known John Wallace (Service Manager/Part Owner) for a very long time...He is as honest as they come. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to go straight to him for explanations, because he only knows how to give straight answers.

    Yes, the service is pricey... So is an auto dealership, in case you haven't had to use one lately. We live in a $$TAXMichiganTAX$$ State. Those costs get passed to the consumer through high taxes on goods AND services. The small businessman catches the fire & grief when it comes to paying the piper for all that wonderful government service we are getting. That is why we in Michigan are dead last of all 50 States in terms of economic growth, and have been for years.

    The people of this State must love it, because the same idiots keep getting returned to office. If you have any doubts, just check the current national news regarding the case of corruption and murder swirling around the Mayor of Detroit and the complete inability of a pricipalled response by the Governor. So yes, politics does affect us all far beyond the voting booth right down to a local transaction in getting a motor vehicle repaired.

    Find out what work was done. I have always received a bill detailing work performed, and if there are any questions I ask them on the spot. If BMW MC GR did the work, your buddy was treated fairly by the dealership, but not by the State Government.

    It is important to understand the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brickrider View Post
    If your buddy lives in 'Zoo near you, then the bike was likely serviced at BMW MC of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have known John Wallace (Service Manager/Part Owner) for a very long time...He is as honest as they come. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to go straight to him for explanations, because he only knows how to give straight answers.
    Ride Safely,
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    No, he's not in Michitaxigan. I know the folks at BMWGR quite well. I phoned to talk to John about this but they are undergoing a BMW audit right now so he won't be sitting for a while
    John A. Brown - Kalamazoo MI
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    '94 K1100LT 'Desert' (the horse with no name)

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    I haven't gotten to the 18K service yet, but isn't that the first major service that includes the first valve adjustment, among others?
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    The 12K major service takes about 7.5 hours. Example, changing the spark plugs requires removal of the radiator. But hey, it only costs a little more to have the fast bike!


    Riding Like the wind (on an old K12RS)...

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    For what it's worth...

    For what it's worth my 18k service cost $531.59 ( broken down as $450
    labor plus $75.90 parts and $5.69 sales tax ); after I dropped the bike
    off for service, I received a call asking me if I wanted the valves checked (!).

    I could only respond that I thought a valve check was mandatory at 18k,
    so ( I have to hope ) one was performed.

    Many, many years ago I struggled to persuade my parents that a m'cycle
    was a "sensible" purchase ( despite my youth ) because owning and
    operating one was so economical. Clearly, that's an argument that no
    longer applies, at least insofar as BMW is concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasman View Post
    The 12K major service takes about 7.5 hours. Example, changing the spark plugs requires removal of the radiator. But hey, it only costs a little more to have the fast bike!


    Riding Like the wind (on an old K12RS)...

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    Yeeoowww... well, I can see how that would rack up some time on the lift!
    John A. Brown - Kalamazoo MI
    '09 K1300S 'Zoot' (Wicked, bad, naughty, evil, Zoot!)
    '94 K1100LT 'Desert' (the horse with no name)

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