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post #11 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 04:40 AM
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Why not the storm with ABS then? From the website...
I asked about that when I bought mine the other day. My dealer said that when he tried to order it, it was "denied"... So, no love there, yet.

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post #12 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 12:11 PM
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Call triumph's USA headquareters and talk to a rep. The website says it's available on the storm so the dealer is likely an idiot. Most are anyways. Triumph USA: (678) 854-2010
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I did ask the dealer about ABS on the Storm, and he said they weren't available yet. But the brakes on the Tbird are great even w/o ABS (although I would have preferred ABS).

However, I did end up going with the Storm. Got it $13k OTD w/ shorties, black seat rack, and a few other minor goodies. I'm loving it so far. Everyone that said there is a noticeable difference between the 1600 and 1700 were not joking. The 1700 has a bit more of a 'shoulder wrenching' feel to it. Plus I love the murdered out black look and dual headlights.

Too bad the weather is starting to turn here. Going to be a short rest of the season for me and the Storm. :/

Thanks everyone for your comments.
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post #14 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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And, come to think of it, I have one more question.

After getting the bike and reading the manual, it seems like I have to get the service done at the dealer per the warranty terms. I usually prefer to do the maintenance stuff myself on my car and bike (you know how much of a ripoff dealer service can be). I haven't called to ask about this yet, but does anyone else have any info on whether the service has to be done by the dealer or the warranty is void (obviously, self service needs to keep receipts)?

The finance lady tried to push a '2 yr service package' on me for $700, which I passed on. As soon as I did, she said the first service usually runs $400, which seemed really high. But, I hadn't read the warranty blurb requiring dealer service, so I didn't think anything of it. According to the manual, the first service is an oil change, ecu check, and 'make sure nothing leaks/looks broken' service. How can that be anywhere near $400?? Anyone have any input on what the first service ran you from the dealer (for reference, their standard oil change only rate is $70)?
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You're right, theres no where near any kind of validity to the prices they charge. they charged me $500 for the 600, and i only did it because i just spent more on a bike than i ever had by about two fold and was paranoid about not doing it. But i quickly went back to me "dealer ain't touching my bike" attitude after that. Big mistake doing the 600....$500 for what is essentially just an oil change. anything else they did i could do in minutes.

as to the warranty issue, there are laws that prohibit them from denying warranty issues because you did the work yourself. I always look at it like this....by the time your warranty is out, you will have spent so much money on service that had you done it yourself you'd have saved enough $ to have anything that you can imagine going wrong fixed. I believe most paid around a grand to 12 hundred for the 12k service. The valve adjust is best left to them unless you are experienced, but you can have them do only that for around $250 (quoted by my dealer) and save $750 or more doing the rest yourself. dealers make a huge part of thier living on insanely overpriced service. there will always be enough people who will do that because they are unaware of the reality or aren't able to do it themselves. But if you are able, don't be ripped off. I am no mechanic, but mecanically inclined, and so far I haven't found anything i can't do myself as far as typical maintenance goes besides valves. tires i remove the wheels myself and take to a ducati dealer where they mount them for 20 buch each.
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post #16 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks daz. I'll look into a bit more and probably call Triumph to verify it.

Like you, I'm no mechanic, but I can follow a service manual easily enough. So, I'd much rather do the service myself. I can't see spending $70 on an oil change when I can do it for about $30 on a lazy Saturday. I'd need to see something pretty big to warrant spending $400-500 on the first oil change.

Anyone else have any experience with submitting a warranty claim after doing their own service?
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One thing is for sure, Triumph dealer service prices are all over the place. Dazco paid $500 for the same 1st service that I paid $150 for. It is worth calling your own local dealer to see what they charge before deciding that it isn't worth it. I certainly would not have paid $500, but I didn't mind paying $150.
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True, tho that $150 is REALLY low. Haven't seen anyone else post less than around $250-300 if i recall.
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My 500 mile oil change service cost $160 too.
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My first service was $151.
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