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post #1 of 7 Old 04-18-2008, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Question Service Cost On DL Models?

I have a question for which I have been called naive and unreasonable on another Web Site I formerly belong to about service cost on my new model of choice the DL650. Those of you who have owned your DL's for say 3 to 4 years or so ,do you find that service cost and overall repairs are just as high as say a BMW that is in the same class as the DL 650 or 1000? I know some of you own both BMW and Suzuki or other popular brands and who better to get a feel for the facts on this issue. I realize that the strength of the dollar, state taxes, size of dealership and location etc. must figure in to the equation so it's hard to get a perfect picture of the situation. I'm hoping based upon what I have heard from you my fellow V'ers that this model is a solid platform for the money and is affordable to those of us who love to ride but have a budget to maintain in leaner times. I don't consider myself a worrier or an angry discontent person who wines about the reality of things breaking or requiring upkeep just trying to make the best decission based upon as it were many councilors. Models I consider similar are say the F800ST GS650 or the Kawasaki Dual sport and some KTM models . Also another reason I've chosen the DL650 is the hope that I can do much of the work myself even though I'm not a mechanic. It seems that this bike can be learned and kept up if a guy is willing to get his hands dirty. Let the knowledge be made known and the minds be informed. Thanks
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-18-2008, 08:57 AM
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I can't compare to other brands, my last bike was a SV650. but I can say that it's running a little more to maintain my V-strom than my nekid SV, mostly cause there is and extra .5-1.0 hour removing faring bits and replacing them

neither have required any more than recomended maintenance

another observation while riding. most often brand that I stop to help out on the side of the road is BMW.

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Same here. Something would have to break before I worried about repair cost and that hasn't happened. Two years, 22,000 miles, nothing but recommended maintenance, replacing both tires (worn out), replacing chain and sprockets (by choice even though the chain was pretty good), and replacing brake pads (OEM weren't worn as bad as I expected).

These bikes are very, very reliable and service cost is about as minimal as it could possibly be because they just don't break very often.

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-18-2008, 10:09 AM
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Seems like a reasonable question to me...

I think the DL's are about as good as it gets for maintenance costs.

Normal maintenance items like tires, chain, sprocket, oil, filters, brake pads, coolant etc. are pretty much "commodity" items with lots of choices and sources on-line so prices are reasonable and most of the labor can be done by a mechanically-inclined owner with a few basic tools.

The valve clearance check/adjustment and throttle body synch are more delicate operations that might need to be left to an experienced mechanic with the necessary specialized tools. Still, they're not that difficult so the cost should be reasonable and not at all out of line compared to any other modern bike.

OEM parts specific to the bike like fairing plastics are pricey but that's not atypical.

Just don't drop a DL and it'll be cheap to run and a blast to ride for years.

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P.S. My other bike is an air-cooled Honda XR. Its maintenance costs and schedule are similar to the Strom with the exception of not having any coolant to change.

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-18-2008, 10:11 AM
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Oil, oil filters, tires, sprockets and chain, no visits to dealer.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-18-2008, 11:25 AM
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I've had Both

I have owned BMW's since 1978, I now own a DL650K7. The old airhead Beemers were very reliable and easy to work on. The new ones are costly and not easily worked on yourself and are NOT RELIABLE. New Beemers have a lot of drive train issues, which if your under warranty are not expensive, however out of warranty they are way out of sight.

Use 4 qts of oil and filter every 3k miles
Tranny & final drive take approx. 1 qt of tranny fluid every 5k-10k miles depending on your preference in up keep.
Valve adjustments every 6K miles
Clutch & brake fluid changed every 2 years ($150)
Final drive seals every 25,000 miles and hope the bearing don't crap out.
Total cost at dealers run about $400+ every 6K miles.

Uses 3 qts of oil and filter for engine and drive train every 3K.
Valve adjustment every 14,500 miles
Spark plugs every 7K
Chain and sprockets every 20,000 miles
Brake fluid change every 2 years
Coolant flush and replace every 2 years.
Total cost at dealers is about $400 every 14,500 miles

So in reality with the DL you will cut your maintenance cost in operation about in half. Other considerations would be the cost of gas. The DL uses the cheapest gas. The BMW's use the most expensive gas. The DL will get better gas mileage, however this is right hand dependent.

Other considerations would be down time for work to be done, dealer location, and of course reliability.

Just my experience. BMW's are getting like Hardleys, don't ride just get a group together to work on them and drink beer. The beer is a good idea, however I'd rather ride than work on a bike.

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Originally Posted by 805gregg View Post
Oil, oil filters, tires, sprockets and chain, no visits to dealer.
Ditto, over the last 30k I think its cost me
114x2 (chains)
50 (sprockets)
140x3 (rear tires)
110x2 (front tires)
12x6 (oil)
9x6 (oil filter)
20 (chain lube)

So somewhere around 1064 plus a little gas money got me 30k. Of course I have three times that in accessories but that doesn't count.


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