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I'm currently a BMW owner strongly considering making the switch to a V-Strom 1000. I've found a pretty good deal on a leftover 2014 at my local dealer. One of the things that is pushing me away from buying a BMW F800GS that I'm also looking at is the maintenance issue that I'm growing tired of on my current BMW. My nearest BMW dealer is 2+ hours away and of course they charge BMW service rates. Talking to the service guy about doing my own maintenance on an 800 he described what they do during a routine oil/filter change. That includes hooking it up to the computer to look for any error codes and resetting the maintenance interval timer. At home I can't do those things without dropping another $500-$1000 for software/etc. Frustrating. In addition, the valve inspection is at 6000 miles, 12,000 miles, then every 12,000 after that. At over $300 for each of those services plus the drive, plus not even being able to do my own oil changes I'm reluctant to go to another BMW. Awesome machines but I'm not sure it's worth it.

So my question is this for those of you that do your own maintenance: Is there a need to plug the bike into a computer at every oil change or any other quirks like that I should know about maintenance on a 1000? Near as I can tell I should be able to drive that bike out of the showroom and not return until 24,000 miles for the valve inspection. Other than that it looks like oil/filter changes, chain maintenance, and maybe coolant. Any information that anybody can offer would be appreciated.
 

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You pretty much nailed it, oil, filter, keep chain adjusted/lubed, normal checks like lights and tire pressures. I just changed the tires at 8000 miles.

No computer resets for oil changes or any other maintenance intervals as far as I know. They do recommend a 500 mile maintenance check and first oil/filter change by the dealer but I did it myself.
 

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I haven't actually looked at my bike yet this year, except from on top. Damn thing romps and stomps like new. Well, okay, one oil change and a couple chain lubes. Bulletproof bike.
 

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I picked up a 2014 vstrom 1000 back in march and have put roughly 20,000km (12k miles) on it so far this year. It's never been back to the dealer

1000km
oil and filter adjusted thorttle cable play (takes 2 minutes, no tools), adjusted chain slack (40mm to 25mm)
Cost $50.84 cdn (comes with more oil then needed in kit)

6247km
replaced engine oil, adjusted chain again from 45mm to 25mm
cost $24.88 (no filter, left over oil)

12243km
checked spark plugs, looked like new so I didn't replace them but it's recommended in manual
engine oil
replaced circlip and washer on gear shifter, it fell off.
chain was within spec
cost #32.86

13854km
replaced rear tire, $175.82 (installed it myself)

17480km
replaced air filter
replaced engine oil and filter, went with full synthetic belray to see if it would be better. It does seem to run/shift better but not worth the extra cost as it's very slight difference and probably just in my head. I also wanted to user higher quality oil because it's the last oil change for the year and I may go over the service interval, though it's not looking like i'll even reach it now (I change oil before storage)
$163.84

total maintenance cost including rear tire is $448.24 cdn ($335 USD) for the year.
 

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Thanks to each of you for the input. It certainly confirms what I had been finding. Good to hear it from guys that have the first-hand experience and not just somebody trying to sell you a bike or magazine writers doing reviews not wanting to be too critical.
 

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Often manufactures will do a software upgrade that can help the performance of their machinery, so if you never have your vehicle serviced by a authorised dealer you could be missing out on some upgrades, this is another reason BMW want you to hook to their system.

A friend of mine purchased a Yamaha from his friend, it had always been serviced at home, I recommended he have a service done at his local Yamaha shop, the bike had missed out on 3 software upgrades and after the upgrade the bike preformed much better.

Paying full wack for a service or getting to know someone in the service department that can tell you when a service bulletin has come out for you particular bike can help with performance and the longevity of your ride.

PS; I don't take my own advice, I do all my own mechanical and electrical work at home.
 

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Hmmm, interesting point. Probably worth getting hooked up every year or two. Thanks for the tip.
 

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One of the things that is pushing me away from buying a BMW F800GS that I'm also looking at is the maintenance issue that I'm growing tired of on my current BMW. My nearest BMW dealer is 2+ hours away and of course they charge BMW service rates. Talking to the service guy about doing my own maintenance on an 800 he described what they do during a routine oil/filter change. That includes hooking it up to the computer to look for any error codes and resetting the maintenance interval timer. At home I can't do those things without dropping another $500-$1000 for software/etc. Frustrating. In addition, the valve inspection is at 6000 miles, 12,000 miles, then every 12,000 after that. At over $300 for each of those services plus the drive, plus not even being able to do my own oil changes I'm reluctant to go to another BMW. Awesome machines but I'm not sure it's worth it.
All you need is a GS 911 tool for $299 to read the codes, reset maintenance interval lights. It also updates online and can download TSB/Recall notices. The WiFi model of this is $399. Don't know where the $500-$1000 is coming from. Just like the V Strom, checking the valves most usually is all that you do, rarely needing adjustment. Still, that is something to consider on the GS. How hard/easy that is should also be considered. I do not think the F 800 series has helped BMW's reputation, but the latest version are doing better.

The V strom, should you follow the maintenance schedule exactly, needs more than just oil changes. Spark plug replacement and valve checks are labor intensive. I am not really qualified to judge the bikes as I have not owned either. But in this case I would be hard pressed to justify the BMW over the new DL1000. Spoke wheels and a better suspension are about the only things the BMW should have a nice advantage with.
 

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I hear you about loving the BMW but not so much the service drama and $$ that comes with them.
You did ask about doing your own service but....
When I bought my 2014 DL1000 the dealer included free oil changes and 10% discount on all parts and service. With the discount my 500 mile service cost about $204. It looks like free oil changes for a while before I have to pay for anything else.
The maintenance cost of the DL1000A is much more friendly to my wallet then my R1150RT was.
 

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the long distance 140+ miles to my ducati dealer is why I went with the strom. Dealer is only about 3 miles away.


I'm currently a BMW owner strongly considering making the switch to a V-Strom 1000. I've found a pretty good deal on a leftover 2014 at my local dealer. One of the things that is pushing me away from buying a BMW F800GS that I'm also looking at is the maintenance issue that I'm growing tired of on my current BMW. My nearest BMW dealer is 2+ hours away and of course they charge BMW service rates. Talking to the service guy about doing my own maintenance on an 800 he described what they do during a routine oil/filter change. That includes hooking it up to the computer to look for any error codes and resetting the maintenance interval timer. At home I can't do those things without dropping another $500-$1000 for software/etc. Frustrating. In addition, the valve inspection is at 6000 miles, 12,000 miles, then every 12,000 after that. At over $300 for each of those services plus the drive, plus not even being able to do my own oil changes I'm reluctant to go to another BMW. Awesome machines but I'm not sure it's worth it.

So my question is this for those of you that do your own maintenance: Is there a need to plug the bike into a computer at every oil change or any other quirks like that I should know about maintenance on a 1000? Near as I can tell I should be able to drive that bike out of the showroom and not return until 24,000 miles for the valve inspection. Other than that it looks like oil/filter changes, chain maintenance, and maybe coolant. Any information that anybody can offer would be appreciated.
 

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Rolex is certainly correct about the software upgrades, but you'll probably hear about them sooner here than at a dealership.

For some unknown reason Suzuki specifies parts replacement that has been shown to be unnecessary. Radiator hoses, spark plugs, some other items that either age-out or wear out are spec'ed at really short intervals that have been shown to be unneeded at those periods. Yes, valve clearance checks seem labor intensive until one gets a routine down, but while one is in there, the spark plugs, air filter, and coolant can be easily changed if due.
 
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