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post #61 of 73 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah. I actually have to take mine in tomorrow for the break-in. Was told to head there at 580 but inside of a week was more in the neighborhood of 800. Just couldn't get off of it.

Haven't even asked how much it's going to be, figured the first service at least I shouldn't be doing myself.
My dealer charges $240. which seems hefty for a look over and oil change. BUT, I always have the dealer do the 1st service on anything because of warranty claim potential. That pretty much proves that you broke the bike in correctly. Plus, I will usually have them install any chrome goodies I happen to want which in this case will be a set of dresser bars. But now that I have my new machine in the garage...there is rain in the forecast for the next 6 days
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My dealer wanted $500 for the 600 mi service. After gagging on the phone I hung up and had a local Motorsports bike shop do it. They charge 90/hr labor. They spent 1/2 hour on oil change and 1/2 hour going over the bike. With the cost of the oil and filter I was out of there for about $130. I have my receipt so I don't think warranty can be denied as these are certified motorcycle technicians. I could be wrong - I hope not.

If you have not purchased the extended warranty from your Triumph dealer - you can do so at any time before your 2 year factory warranty runs out. Remember you have options to buy different warranties - depending on the warranty, some third party shops are allowed to work on them. This shop I use told me what warranty's they can bill out to - so next summer I will go back to my dealer and get the warranty added on. It wasn't something I wanted to spend money on last year when I bought the bike.

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I never buy extended warranties as I don't put enough miles on a bike to justify it. I'll sink that cash into chrome. Which I just did at British Customs for dresser bars and a chrome radiator cover.

BTW, just started raining......I should rent myself out to drought stricken areas...Ok, lets see you have had no rain for 6 months.??..well I'll just get a room at the local hotel and you people bring me a brand new black & chrome motorcycle...and it will be pouring rain within 24 hours and last for a week...maybe two...

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Good thing black bikes don't show any dirt or water spots!

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Good thing black bikes don't show any dirt or water spots!
I make it a point to only drive over black dirt...
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I have a blue and white, and I consider the dirt showing to be a badge of pride.

I don't go to the dealer for my services, mainly because I would be broke now if I did. I am in the process now of doing the 24k mile service. I was going to have the dealer do it, and I went down there to tell them to order the parts for the service... (gaskets, fuel filter, etc.) A week has now gone by and they still have not gotten the parts, and I have a feeling they never bothered to order them. So I am going to do it myself.. screw it.

Oil change is easy, doing the valve clearance inspection is going to be tough as hell, and I know that pulling the spark plugs is a pain the butt. Everything else is easy stuff. Oh yes... the fork oil replenishment... that could be interesting.

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Wells, let us know how it goes if you don't mind? I'm sitting at 6,000 just having had that service done - had it done at a local shop, they did oil change and a "heavy inspection" - much cheaper than the dealer charging you for inspection points. I'm not looking forward to the cost of the 12K service - you are at 24, what did you do for your 12K? And without looking at my manual at the moment, what gaskets are necessary for the 24K?

I am actually considering saving my allowance and purchasing the BB 1700 kit for the 12K service as the labor costs will go towards the kit and engine teardown - as they have to do some of the same things anyway. We'll see.

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I want inverted forks. That would really set the bike off. Has anyone done this?
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Earlier I asked about the exhaust, TORS, catalytic converter. Baby am I ever in the know and happy as a pig in dirt! I have the big bore kit and long stock pipes. I ordered Staintune collector pipes directly from the company via internet credit card, got 'em in a couple weeks at my house. (their site says u gotta go through dealer! Nope, not true). I took off the catalytic converter only, kept the stock pipes, and brother did I gain horse power and sound!!! It's perfect!! only $565 and now it almost feels as powerful as my rocket 3 did! (almost, don't get legalistic on me). It's awesome!
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oh and I swear the bike is smoother! and no i didn't/ won't fool with the razzamataz electronics and sensors and re-tuning or whatever you anal-compulsive whiz-bangs think you gotta do to the engine because of exhaust change.
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