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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-14-2019, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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7,500 mile service

I just took my Dragster in for the 7,500 mile service.



I normally do all service work myself. I have for decades. Because I was pretty sure that, "Honey, I'm going to stop working on the dining room remodel and work on a motorcycle.", was a non starter, I oped to pay for the bike service.


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It was expensive. Almost $1,400 expensive. That was about twice what I expected. Even considering SF bay-area prices. I was surprised.


Six valves needed adjustment. This was a surprise. Most of what I have read here seems to indicate that valve adjustments are not frequently required at the first major service.



The bike runs MUCH better after the service. I thought it was great before. After... Idles better, starts easier, runs smoother, has a noticeably more power, and the throttle response is much better.


Has anybody else has similar experiences?

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That's the result of a good valve adjustment.....

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Wow...sounds like the valves were not set correctly at the factory !!! I didn't think the maintenance schedule for your bike even calls for valve clearance inspection at only 7500 miles...maybe I'm mistaken.

Glad the bike runs well for you.

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Wow...sounds like the valves were not set correctly at the factory !!! I didn't think the maintenance schedule for your bike even calls for valve clearance inspection at only 7500 miles...maybe I'm mistaken.

Glad the bike runs well for you.
Every 7500 miles /12 000km is a valve check as per the service manual.

I did the last check myself at 12000km and the valves were not ideal (some tighter than others), but all within the service book tolerances.
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Ahhhh.... I read your post to mean you were having the FIRST 7500 mile service.....so how many miles ARE on your bike now?

Needing a valve adjustment at 15,000 miles is not quite as unexpected as needing one at 7500 miles.... although my 910R hasn't needed any adjusted yet (well over 15,000 miles).

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You read correctly. Total miles on the bike were 7,820 when I dropped it off.

I remember hearing that valve adjustment was not frequently needed at the first major service. Can anybody confirm that one way or the other?

In any case, I'll be doing the next check and adjustment if needed. The $900 in shop time was a little painful.

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You read correctly. Total miles on the bike were 7,820 when I dropped it off.
You know...I didn't even see that it was someone else posting that I replied to.....

Yeah, if they adjusted valves that is many hours shop labor...and I imagine SF Bay area rates are well north of $100 per hour.

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$150/Hour by my math. Everything is expensive here. 2 BR apartments rent for $2,500/Mo. A starter home is $600,000.

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$150/Hour by my math. Everything is expensive here. 2 BR apartments rent for $2,500/Mo. A starter home is $600,000.
LA is catching up. $600k home is often not an option in a semi decent area. $1500/mo for 1 bedroom in again in a very average neighborhood and thatís in an older building.


Back the bikes, Iím sort of in between two MV dealers. One dealer quoted closer to $1400. The other did it for $970. However, I did have to pre order service parts (!) and wait for more than 2 weeks for said parts to arrive. Pretty much unheard of for a franchise dealer. Iíd love to find an indie but nothing really pops up on the radar...
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What shop did you use? Munroe? They are going to be the most expensive for an MV...
I use LG Moto in the East Bay. The owner used to work at Munroe and rides an F4... A little cheaper, more personal.
He checked the valves on my F4, and it wasn't nearly as bad...
I'm about due for that service on my F3, and was assuming about $1000, but good to know it could be a lot more.

As for Bay Area living, it's absurdly expensive these days.
But if you brought your house in 2012, you maybe got 1100 square feet and a big yard for 150k.

haha, my mortgage is $665...
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