"Full Service?" $250.00?? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods For maintaining, repair or modifications of Generation 1 KLR's. 2007 and earlier.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 Old 12-03-2008, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 22
"Full Service?" $250.00??

greetings from a n00b on the site.

I recently picked up an '89 w/ 25k on the clock and no maint records.
called a local shop to quote valve adj since I just don't have a proper shop o fmy own. Their quote for a "full - service" on my bike is 250.00 and includes valves adj and 40 other things ( which are listed in the owner's man ).

is it worth it? can anyone recommend a good shop? I'm capable of most maintenance, but do not have the room to tear into it now. What does the manual suggest?

sveltenshein is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 15 Old 12-03-2008, 03:06 PM
Lockjaw's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
I am not capable of much more than changing the oil, so take this with a grain of salt. If I bought a bike that old that I didn't know much about, I would want it thoroughly checked out. I would find the best shop I could and bite the bullet on the cost (assuming it wasn't absurd). $250 doesn't seem that absurd to me if they are actually going to get into the bike and do some work. If they are just going to change the oil and do a "tune up", I would tell them where to stick it. They need to be very specific about what will be done. It sounds like they were. I would also ask to watch. Just tell them you want to learn...but it will keep them honest, too.

"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 12-03-2008, 03:34 PM
3rd Gear
BIGIRON's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Posts: 704
You're in a real delimma. I'm sure there are a couple of honest and square dealerships around, but I don't know them. And anyone can rent a stall and hang out a "Cycle Shop" sign.

I'd ask around with experienced riders, particularly anyone riding a well-maintained older or classic machine. You might even consider posting a "Recommendation Wanted" ad on CraigsList. I've seen several like that here.

For that kind of service, IF it includes valve adjustments, I don't think $250 is out of line -- that's only three hours or so of shop time.

And welcome to the forum. There's good folks and lot's of good info here.
BIGIRON is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 12-03-2008, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 22
upkeep on an older model

Thanks BigIron, I appreciate the input.
i'm going to check these guys out, they're the big dealer down on County Line off Sante Fe. (forgot the name)
sveltenshein is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 12-04-2008, 05:48 AM
4th Gear
Daddyjoe's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Riding around the USofA
Posts: 1,429
I would look for a fellow KLRista or a tech day.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Daddyjoe is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 12-04-2008, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 22
bike maint.

thanks guys.

I talked to the service mgr yesterday at a dealership about their "full-service". turns out it's not much more than a valve adj, oil chg and a list of "checks" that do not involve lubing any bearings, pivot points or disassembly in any way. I can't blame 'em for making a buck on it. cost is actually $275.00

I watched some of the vids on youtube yesterday and they were informative enough. I'd definitely be into a shop day for the sake of observing and lending a hand if needed. ( I'm no slouch with a wrench, and I've done some fairly involved proceedures on jeeps, I just don't have a shop.)

I'm sure this month is scratched for most guys w/ the holidays and all. I'll stay tuned to see what comes back on this...
sveltenshein is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 12-04-2008, 02:41 PM
3rd Gear
BIGIRON's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Posts: 704
Good plan. Another issue is that if the valves test out as "within limits" even tho they may be at the very tight end of the range, they would just close it up and not replace any shims to bring them to the desired loose side of the range.

You're probably better off just changing the oil, doing other stuff you're confortable with and waiting for a tech day.
BIGIRON is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 12-26-2008, 11:31 PM
3rd Gear
Hardyreels's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Posts: 507
Rodger that,

I took my 06 in for the 500 mile check like a good boy thinking it was on the cuff................ Whoa there, 164.99 and all they did was change the oil and smile at me when I picked it up.

19.99 for a clymer and I already had all the tools needed. I haven't messed with my valves yet because all is well at 12K. I think people over react to the valve thing. I put 66,000 miles on a 1978 GS 750 Suzuki, 54,000 on a 83 KZ 1100, and 58,000 on a 83 XV1200 Yamaha Venture not to mention a bunch of SL Honda's and MX Yamaha's and never had a valve shimmed. Yeah those quotes are for real, single self employed and love to ride. It can be done, it took 14 years but I've been around. If you need advise on a good tent I can help you there too.

Now I might be the luckiest SOB alive or the people at Kawasaki might be trying to scare me into going back to those oil changing Millionaires. At any rate I have the means to do a check if I can get myself excited enough to pull the tank, crash bars and God knows what else just to get at those little buggers.

I'll do it fore spring and post my results.


Last edited by Hardyreels; 12-26-2008 at 11:32 PM. Reason: Correction
Hardyreels is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 12-27-2008, 10:07 AM
4th Gear
DXKLR's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Richmond, Ky
Posts: 1,980
Normally I am one for doing the same thing, not checking the valves like I should, but last winter with 6000 miles on the odometer, we had nothing else to do and so decided to check the valves. Dang good thing we did. All valves were at the minimum tight side already. Not only on my 07, but also on my buddies 05. We ordered new shims and all was good. Put the valves back to the loosest spec. 6000 miles later we rechecked and the valves were still at the loose end of the spec. It is a very easy job, that just takes some time and patience, I would recommend checking them on a routine basis.

2008 DL650 VStrom Yellow and Black
Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
Looking to get back into KLR's sometime soon.

Best Auto/Moto Insurance | Motorcycle Protection Today | FREE Trade-In Quote
DXKLR is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 12-28-2008, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 22
maintenance begun

finally got the garage warmed up enough to begin tinkering.
decided to see what the oil screen looks like on this bugger. followed the tutorial here on the site and everything's going well, so far. I haven't finished the job yet as I need to pick up a torque wrench first.

I found the oil screen in need of cleaning. small chunks of rubber and even a piece of metal that looked like a very thin piece of tin, about the size of the end of a very small pinky finger were removed along with the screen.

I'm going to skip the new gaskets and use the form-a gasket I've got on hand. anyone else use the cheese-can type "gasket stuff"?

after everything is buttoned up on the right side of the motor, I'm planning on dismembering the forks to install the emulators I picked up last week. I guess I'll order the parts for the doo since the left side of the case has a small oil leak and needs to be taken apart anyway.

I've watched the youtube and read all about changing the doo, but I must admit, I'm not looking forward to it. I'm considering investing in a moto stand from Sears so I can get the bike situated and take my time with the job.

anyone else doing work on their bikes now?
sveltenshein is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My "money shot" this summer in Canyonlands-Moab, U KRUZ N Show Off Your Bike 11 01-03-2011 03:22 AM
"Slaying the Dragon" Weekend Pics (DS style) cherokee_chuck Travel Log & Trip Reports 0 04-14-2008 12:04 AM
Adjustable Links 1.0"-1.5"-2" tessy2 Gadgets & Gizmos 5 03-19-2008 09:35 AM
An easy fix for signal "fast" flashing w/ aftermarket blinkers MeefZah 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 2 05-05-2007 10:08 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome