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    2011 R1200RT 12K Service Cost

    Heading to the rally from South Florida via Dallas TX and I had my 12K service done at the BMW Motorcycles in Plano TX. I was a bit surprised that the bill was $796. Is this reasonable for the Camheads?
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    Depends what was done:

    Brake fluid flush front & rear
    Throttle body sync
    Transmission oil change
    Rear diff oil change
    spline lube
    New spark plugs
    New brake pads
    Alternator belt change
    Oil/Filter
    Valves
    New tires?

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    Yes that is high for just the "called for" 12,000 mile service. Even if you did had the brake fluid flush completed, given the 2+ years interval, it would still be high. What all was done outside the routine 12k service?
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    Oil change
    Spark plugs
    Final drive oil change
    Air filter
    Valve clearance
    Gearbox oil change
    Brake fluid change
    12K inspection

    $223 parts
    $541 labor for 5.7 hours
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    More than I'd be happy paying.
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    It is a good group of folks over at the Plano BMW store but they are pricey. The only other choice would have been the Fort Worth dealer and I am not sure they would be much less. It is the cost of entry into the BMW world. You either pay up, change brand or do it yourself. I have resigned to simply paying up. And take my business to both dealers based on conveince. Best thing to do is not dwell on it. You paid, it is done, the bike is good for another 6000 miles so ride.

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    FWIW, I paid about the same for the 24K service at San Jose BMW (again while on a trip). At that service, they also replaced the alternator belt. Mine was more because I have Wunderlich covers over the cylinder heads.
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    $582.64 for my service at BMW of Baton Rouge. I supplied my own Amsoil engine and gear lubes. The rear brake pads were changed, and the BMW OEM's are expensive !

    Anybody have an idea why BMW is calling for plug change at 12K miles ? Strange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    $582.64 for my service at BMW of Baton Rouge. I supplied my own Amsoil engine and gear lubes. The rear brake pads were changed, and the BMW OEM's are expensive !

    Anybody have an idea why BMW is calling for plug change at 12K miles ? Strange.
    Because the German's are known for maintaining vehicles. BMW makes a big deal out of maintenance and the Japanese almost act as if it doesn't exist.

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    Plug change interval is significantly reduced (halved) from what it was for hexheads.

    Camheads plugs are really small.
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    Plugs gap increased in 12K

    At my first 12K service my plug gaps measured very close to .9mm across the board for the 4 plugs. Assuming they were newly installed with a factory gap @ .8mm I changed them out since they were now out of spec. I did not notice ANY change in running behavior.

    I may try to go an extra 6K on these plugs if they look decent at my next 24K service.

    Yes these bikes are very expensive to maintain. The good thing is they are fairly easy (and much cheaper) to maintain for the first 100K with a few select tools.

    Manual: Spark plugs
    Spark plugs, manufacturer and designation NGK MAR8B-JDS
    Electrode gap of spark plug 0.03?0.01 in (0.8?0.1 mm)
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy walker View Post
    Because the German's are known for maintaining vehicles. BMW makes a big deal out of maintenance and the Japanese almost act as if it doesn't exist.

    Not so with their cars. Take it in every 16,000 or so (when the computer says it is time) for a basic oil change and "look over" for the first 50,000 miles of "FREE" SERVICE. Prior to their "free service" marketing (currently for first 4 years or 50,000 miles), BMW was quite adamant about maintenance on very regular and at much more frequent intervals, but that's when the customer paid through the nose for it. Of course it does help that BMW picks up the cost of those first three oil changes, since that's about $500!
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    I have had an '05 R12RT, '10 R12R and now the '11 R12RT all serviced by BMW dealers in South Florida and Daytona with a variety of service intervals and the cost has been significantly less for similar work. That's why I was a bit surprised at their cost and I let them know. Their response was that the camhead engines are more costly to maintain especially at the 12K intervals. I will check with my local dealer back home in Florida once I get back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by radrider View Post
    I have had an '05 R12RT, '10 R12R and now the '11 R12RT all serviced by BMW dealers in South Florida and Daytona with a variety of service intervals and the cost has been significantly less for similar work. That's why I was a bit surprised at their cost and I let them know. Their response was that the camhead engines are more costly to maintain especially at the 12K intervals. I will check with my local dealer back home in Florida once I get back.
    Guess it comes down to riding the hell out of that machine, to obtain the value for your price of admission....when we are sitting in the nursing home or six feet under, none of this will matter. Enjoy your trip.
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    BMW NA is trying every way they can to keep its dealer network solvent. They figure once we're hooked they have a license to make all they can from us. This is why I do all my own work excluding clutches. One day I'll decide to tackle breaking my RT in half to do a spline lube but I'm in no hurry.
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