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Old 05-27-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Maintenance Question. $$$

I need some feedback on what y'all think the following service should cost. I recently took my two bikes in for routine service and swapping tires I supplied. So the service requested were, two tire swaps, two synthetic oil changes with filters, one air filter. The bikes are, 2009 Yamaha R1, 2008 Kawasaki ZX14.

After I get some feedback, I will post what they tried to charge me and what I finally was charged. Thanks in advance for the imput!
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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i would think a fair price would be;
$50.00 for each tire swap
$80.00 for each oil and filter change
$50.00 for the air filter change.
total= $310.00, ball park

up to $500.00 wouldn't surprise me.
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What bike did you do the air filter on?
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What bike did you do the air filter on?
2009 Yamaha R1 3000 miles.
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lol interesting thread...

I dont go to shops for work anymore but iirc its like 45$ per tire, probably $75 for a syn oil change, $50 air filter change if its hard and a nice a/m filter..

I'm guessing around 400. Some of the air filters are pretty gnarly to get to but I dunno about either of those bikes. Both being huge bikes they might take more oil that usual and at 12 - 15 bucks per qt for synthetic it adds up fast.
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How Much? $$$

Pretty fair estimates of what I exspected to pay. I have been taking my bikes to this shop for over 4 years. Guessing by what I had been charged in the past, I thought the bill would be around $300.00. When I showed up to pick up my bikes I knew something was fishy! The service manager I always delt with was gone for the day...or so they said. A younger guy I had never met, started telling me all the things on the itemized bill and then said "$847.01"!!!!! I thought I had heard it wrong. He had one of those gulty looks on his face, like the cat who ate the canary. Of course I protested loudly!! Later the next day the service manager I know and trust, called me and reduced the price by $300.00. I still feel screwed, and have learned my lesson about trusting even a place youv'e been to many times. I still think $300.00 would cover the maintenance. I work in the auto business, and I asked my service manager to price out at retail a new Corvette ZR1 with the same service. So, four tire mount and balance, synthetic oil change with filter (7.5 quarts), and a new high performance air filter. The bill came to less than $200.00!

I just think this is the kind of thing that gives everyone in the service business a bad name or reputation. It is no different than stealing! Common thievery! I would lose customers hand over fist if we did business like this guy. I do believe there are still good guys out there! I appreciate the service manager for trying to make it right. All though, I still think $547.00 is too much for what was done. Thank you to the honest ones doing business out there for all of us bike guys and gals.
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Wow, that's pricey. That's why I do everything myslf except for tire changes. I go to 2wheeltoyz for that because mounting is free when you but tires from them and they always have good deals on tires.
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By not getting price up front, honestly you set yourself up for this......nothing personal. By reducing price they admitted to trying to rip you off, plain and simple.
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Even the suggested prices on tire swaps on here from others is a bit high. I think Motorcycles Unlimited only charges $30 per tire if I can remember right.
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I cant say what I would have done that for, since I am no longer a sponcor, maybe I should raise my prices, sorry dude, lots of theives in the business
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naw if they are on the bike, they charge a bit more, but takes a bit more

bike shop labor usually around $80-90/hr

OP shoulda asked about price of service BEFORE just handing over keys.
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the work i have done is normally going to be Motorcycles Unlimited, i do not ask for a written quote, Patricks word is good enough for me.
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Pretty fair estimates of what I exspected to pay. I have been taking my bikes to this shop for over 4 years. Guessing by what I had been charged in the past, I thought the bill would be around $300.00. When I showed up to pick up my bikes I knew something was fishy! The service manager I always delt with was gone for the day...or so they said. A younger guy I had never met, started telling me all the things on the itemized bill and then said "$847.01"!!!!! I thought I had heard it wrong. He had one of those gulty looks on his face, like the cat who ate the canary. Of course I protested loudly!! Later the next day the service manager I know and trust, called me and reduced the price by $300.00. I still feel screwed, and have learned my lesson about trusting even a place youv'e been to many times. I still think $300.00 would cover the maintenance. I work in the auto business, and I asked my service manager to price out at retail a new Corvette ZR1 with the same service. So, four tire mount and balance, synthetic oil change with filter (7.5 quarts), and a new high performance air filter. The bill came to less than $200.00!

I just think this is the kind of thing that gives everyone in the service business a bad name or reputation. It is no different than stealing! Common thievery! I would lose customers hand over fist if we did business like this guy. I do believe there are still good guys out there! I appreciate the service manager for trying to make it right. All though, I still think $547.00 is too much for what was done. Thank you to the honest ones doing business out there for all of us bike guys and gals.
Please let me know what dealership you work at, because that is exceptional pricing for four tires mount and balance, one full synthetic oil change, and a new HP aitr filter; all on a ZR1.
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I would normally spill the name all over the place. I have friends working there so I will refrain from bashing them. I guess with friends like those I don't need any enemey's. I would say just be careful and get everything in writing up front.
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