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post #1 of 63 Old 06-09-2017, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Any reason not to do the first service myself?

I bought a new 2015 DL650A and it is about ready for the 600 mile service. I have the service manual and tools necessary to do the job. Below is what I see needs to be done:

  • Oil/filter change and chain adjustment are no brainers.
  • Clutch and throttle play adjustment is described pretty well in the manual.
  • Tightening exhaust and muffler bolts seems pretty straight forward.
  • inspect brakes
  • When it says 'inspect steering', what am I looking for?
  • I am fuzzy on is where all of the chassis bolts will be located for tightening and what their torque spec will be.

So unless I am missing something it all seems doable.
Any insight would be helpful.
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Wrenching on a new bike sounds super scary to me. Unless you are a certified motorcycle engineer with lots of equipment, I don't see anything good coming out of "tinkering" with the core functioning components of a motorcycle. Farkling is one thing.. But all the other stuff I leave to the professionals. But that's just me..
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Generally the 1st service is an oil and filter change and check all the fasteners you see. Not everything is always perfect out of the box and after dealer set up.
The steering is checking for looseness of the bearings, or binding. With the bike on the center stand grab the forks and try to rock them for and aft., it shouldn't have any play. Turn the handle bars and the wheel should fall gently to the right and left, no notchy feel as it moves through the center point of travel.
Having a receipt for the oil and filter should suffice as proof of the task.
I've had dealers over tighten the steering head bearings before and screw with the clutch adjustment when I felt it was perfect.

As for dealer set up, when I rode off the lot with my new BMW F800ST the warning light came on and told me the tires were low on pressure. I went around the block and got the "Oh, I guess we missed that", explanation. I didn't go back much after that.

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As for dealer set up, when I rode off the lot with my new BMW F800ST the warning light came on and told me the tires were low on pressure. I went around the block and got the "Oh, I guess we missed that", explanation. I didn't go back much after that.
Avoiding the dealer seems a very, very common theme here . . .
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Avoiding the dealer seems a very, very common theme here . . .
I think price and getting to know your bike are big factors for this. You basically are paying big money for an oil change and a visual inspection. If the dealers were in any way competitive more people would go to them.
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I bought a new 2015 DL650A and it is about ready for the 600 mile service. I have the service manual and tools necessary to do the job. Below is what I see needs to be done:

  • Oil/filter change and chain adjustment are no brainers.
  • Clutch and throttle play adjustment is described pretty well in the manual.
  • Tightening exhaust and muffler bolts seems pretty straight forward.
  • inspect brakes
  • When it says 'inspect steering', what am I looking for?
  • I am fuzzy on is where all of the chassis bolts will be located for tightening and what their torque spec will be.

So unless I am missing something it all seems doable.
Any insight would be helpful.
Thanks.

There are exceptions, but the majority of "first service" appointments at a dealer will get nothing beyond an oil change and a quick glance over the bike. I would be willing to bet that very few times is a torque wrench used on a first service. Change the oil, start it up, check for leaks and any obvious problems, ride it back up front for the service writer to take over.

I know this seems harsh on dealers. I will say my BMW dealer did seam to inspect the bike on delivery and first service, but they HAVE to hook it to the computer anyway so that will show if they don't. But my last Suzuki had air pressure below 20 lbs in both tires on delivery. Free 600 mile checkup was offered. Do you think I took it back for that?

Learning to maintain your motorcycle is part of riding it. Most airplane pilots don't do much work to their airplane, but you can bet they do careful inspections of it regularly. Because their ass is on the line. So is yours on that bike, so learn how to maintain it and get a feel for working on it. If you don't know these things, it is difficult to learn how the bike operates and makes it harder to recognize a problem that needs immediate attention. I like to carefully go over my bikes when I wash them. You are touching most of the bike anyway, get into a habit of looking for fasteners that don't look right, oil seeps, wires out of place, and so on. That's my opinion, and so far has served me well.

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Wrenching on a new bike sounds super scary to me. Unless you are a certified motorcycle engineer with lots of equipment, I don't see anything good coming out of "tinkering" with the core functioning components of a motorcycle. Farkling is one thing.. But all the other stuff I leave to the professionals. But that's just me..
You are joking right, are you one of those who only ride their bikes and knows nothing about how to maintain/repair or could care less? I am not a certified motorcycle mechanic, sure glad I haven't caused harm to myself and others by doing all of my own maintenance and repairs to the many bikes I have owned. If I sound like a smart ass....so be it, your comment was beyond ridiculous to me.
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I see no reason to go to the dealer unless there is a problem with the bike that is covered under warrantee.

I am in the same situation as you, I just bought the bike Saturday, 2015 650 XT, and at the moment have 350 miles on it, should be close to 600 by the end of the weekend. I figure I can swing by the dealer and pick up a filter and some oil and do it myself.

I am not that far from you either, I am in Milton.
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Thanks everyone. I guess I will do it myself.
As for the chassis bolts, do I need to worry about specific torque settings or just make sure everything is snugged up?

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I see no reason to go to the dealer unless there is a problem with the bike that is covered under warrantee.

I am in the same situation as you, I just bought the bike Saturday, 2015 650 XT, and at the moment have 350 miles on it, should be close to 600 by the end of the weekend. I figure I can swing by the dealer and pick up a filter and some oil and do it myself.

I am not that far from you either, I am in Milton.
Where did you buy your bike? I got mine in Laconia at HK Sports.

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