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Old 01-02-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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Cost of maintenance.

Although most of us try to do some of the maintenance ourselves, generally speaking, how much more do bigger bikes have to pay for maintenance?

I just checked my MOM and the 2fiddy is in fact due for valve check/adj and breaks, chain and sprocket soon to follow.

So the bigger the bike the more costly to maintain? If so how much more?

Lets use these ninjas for example:
250 vs 500 vs 600
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no matter what bike you own...at some point you'll have to get the valves done.

maybe a v-twin? Two cylinders=less valves=less cost???????? MAAAYBE????

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no matter what bike you own...at some point you'll have to get the valves done.

maybe a v-twin? Two cylinders=less valves=less cost???????? MAAAYBE????

Ducatis are v-twins

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no matter what bike you own...at some point you'll have to get the valves done.

maybe a v-twin? Two cylinders=less valves=less cost???????? MAAAYBE????

I know, that's exactly why Im doing my research now. My point is to find out how big a difference maintenance cost GENERALLY is.
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Maintenance intervals are about the same. As Patrick mentioned it so happens the 250's have a shorter valve adjustment period.


These bikes are made for hard riding and any maintenance required should be performed to prolong the possibility of damage.
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Okay, this just isnt working how I wanted it to. Lets try something different.

How much (on the top of your head, does not have to be exact) have you spent on major service maintenance in your bike (major excludes oil change and tires). Please include what was done, the approx amnt, and what bike.

^ My bad on the spelling... and thanks MudBug.
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i haven't spent a penny on anything other than routine oil, tire, air filter, chain lube, on either 600rr i've owned. maybe it's because i never own them after the recommended 16k mile maintenance for valves clearance inspection and spark plug inspection. i think it mostly depends on how long you wanna own your bike. if you dont mind changing bikes every 3 years, dont worry about maintenance cost with a honda. IMO
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get a bigger bike...no matter the cost, you're killing that 250. You'll probably need to maintain that 250 more just cause you ride it so hard.
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I knew a guy who never owned a bike long enough for it's first oil change...

(he had some serious coin though...)
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that's just insane...
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I knew a guy who never owned a bike long enough for it's first oil change...

(he had some serious coin though...)
Insane it is.

Versatile, I plan on doing at least a track day on the 2fiddy then I could let it go or depending how much I get on income tax return, I just might keep this for noob rides and exploring new routes.

Kinda hard to let go of the bike that popped my moto-virginity .
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About $150 on flushing the forks. 1994 zx7. But I do need about $1100 in work for the clutch, carbs clean, valuves set, and cam chain.
150$ for flushing forks does not sound bad at all specially if fork work does not have to be done til the teen-miles.

Did that 1k cost just accumulated because of the high mileage? Im sure after you do that 1k you will be set for another 15k or so miles correct? If one loves his/her bike, maintenance cost comes 2nd to your love for the bike.
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The price is about the same: labor.

Tire prices will go up significantly same as other things will as you are looking for items of increased performance. "increased performance" typically means it wont last as long as oem equipment.
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The price is about the same: labor.
Oh. I didnt know that. That's good to know. I thought the bigger bike = more labor. I was thinking about a good 200$ more worth of labor in bigger bikes. Does that sound right?
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Tires mount the same, chains do too.

Pull the tank off, air filter and the valve cover comes off also for a valve job.

I think the busa would have even more room then an R1 etc w that large frame.

The price for parts is what will go out. The busa ate tires at low speeds/rpms out of grip. The chain/sprockets were expensive... heck anything for it of decent, usuable quality(not ebay knock offs) were expensive.

Look through the maintenance program in your manual and if you have any questions contact one of our sponsors about the differences in prices to get a real-world answer for the maintenance. If you're unsure about your abilities, its best to let someone familiar with it to work on that specific job. Case in point; Im a mastertech over at bmw, but you saw me bring in the engine apart that I was working on for advice today from Patrick and the gang.
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Case in point; Im a mastertech over at bmw, but you saw me bring in the engine apart that I was working on for advice today from Patrick and the gang.
I just pm'ed the man a second ago. I don't know why I didnt pm him in the first place and ask the same question.

I honestly would not mind working on cars but I think the bike is a bit more delicate and expensive if I mess up. The most I have done is change springs and struts and change radiator and thermostat on my AE82, and I have to admit, that was fun! Really rewarding feeling after doing work to your vehicle.

If I end up keeping the 250, it will be my hands-on bike to practice on.

Thanks for the inputs btw
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About the only thing you can do to offset the cost is to learn to do it yourself. Some valve trains are harder to work on than others; some bikes have longer intervals than others.

I can do pretty much what I need to, but usually for the major jobs it's more time effective to take it to someone that knows what they are doing because they do it every day.

Your 250 is the perfect bike to learn on, basic and simple. Pick up or download a manual, get on the Ninja250 forums, and study up on what's involved. Then be honest with yourself and your abilities, and maybe try it with some help.

The more you know about your bike and it's parts, the better off you'll be.
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