Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
know of any mechanics who don't charge "book time?"
It's been fun lurking around this forum for the past few days since I found all of you. The information, advice, and friendly chatter makes me feel right at home.
I'm rapidly approaching the 500 mile service on my new 2006 KLR650. I can do some of the service myself, but I don't feel qualified to do the valve adjustment. I was quoted a price for the service, but a friend told me that dealerships and mechanics always charge "book time" for services. He said that 2 hours at $82 per hour was crazy for a service that only takes a few minutes, but that was the book time that the dealership uses for that job.
How long does the valve adjustment actually take for a good mechanic? Do you guys know of any mechanics in Central California who do not charge book time? The bike would have just over 500 miles if I took it to a mechanic somewhere in the central valley, or maybe up in the Oakland area if I visit my brother. Anyone who could show me how to do the adjustment in this area?