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Wow, you guys were right about dealers

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I've always heard folks complain about Suzuki dealers and how they can be outragiously expensive for service. I've been lucky cause my bike has never had any problems and I always do the maintainence myself. Circumstances made me leave the bike at Wasilla Alaska Suzuki to have the clutch rod seal replaced. They charged me $130 for an oil change, $150 diagnosis fee to verify I was telling them the truth about the seal, and $170 to actually change the seal. It took 5 weeks to be completed. This maybe perfectly normal for dealers to charge this much but it only reinforces my do it yourself approach.
There are certainly many riders that are happy with Suzuki dealers but my first experience with a dealer service dept. makes me really appreciate this forum and all of the great information here.
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This is far from my experience with my local dealer.

Maybe it's being run by one of the Palin kids.
How about the infamous "disposal fee" for the used parts..........:biggrinjester:
How about it?

Is your garbage service free?
I tried getting rid of some tires and batteries my son left behind when he moved.
I had a choice: I could do it for free or I could do it legally.
When I took my front wheel in to my nearest dealer to get a new tire mounted they wanted 40 bucks :jawdrop:, so I went to an independent shop and got it done for 25.
I had a similar experience.

Except when I had the independent shop mount the tire they charged me and extra $10 because I didn't buy the tire through them. Heck with gas and everything, I'm still 43 cents ahead!

Motorcycling is optional. There are cheaper, safer, more efficient and practical ways to get around than via motorcycles.
I'm also retired. All I do now is ride. I have three bikes to keep running. I had four but that is too many to keep up with maintenance, tires, inspection, insurance.
Sounds like you may need to retire from retriement.

I have the misfortune of not being on a fixed income.
I'm also fortunate enough to be "out there" with a dealer who was recommended by several other riders and has never abused my trust.

There are some things I do..............

Some things I might depending on current cashflow.........

And some things that I would trust the dealer to do much more than I would trust someone like myself to do for the first time on any bike.

The folks in Wasilla were taking advantage of a situation.
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