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post #1 of 5 Old 07-14-2008, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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WARNING: Check out your new bike!

Just had my 08 in for the 600 mile tune-off (cross between a tune up and a rip off...be changing the oil myself from now on).

Anyway, today I decided to adjust the handlebars and the nuts were TOTALLY loose. This prompted immediate paranoia and I looked the bike over. Two of the four fork bolts were missing. One was so loose it was about to fall out. I know these bikes vibrate a lot, but I was NOT pleased. Took it to the dealership and made the owner go over it with me. He was perplexed.

Got home and my wife reminded me that when we left from the service three days ago I even asked "nothing vibrated loose, right" kind of joking, and was assured that they looked everything over. I will not be back to that dealership. And I would encourage everyone (even those like me who aren't mechanically inclined to give even a brand new bike a good once over. (I did when I bought it. I guess not well enough).

REALLY glad I didn't hit a bump big enough to force the handlebars down.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-14-2008, 06:35 PM
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As sad as it sounds, that is typical of dealers. These are very simple bikes to work on and it pays to just do it all yourself. Locktite "blue" every nut and bolt you can get your hands to. Check all of them often. Especially the exhaust bolts back by the rear rack. Glad you found these issues when you did and didn't get hurt out on a ride.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-14-2008, 07:32 PM
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-15-2008, 11:00 AM
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Good service after the sale seems to be the exception instead of the norm. The prices that a dealer charges for some of the simplest things is just way out of line. I try to do everything that I can my self. Some dealers are ok. It's the bad ones that hurt the rest.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-15-2008, 11:48 AM
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Since you actually paid for a 600 mi insp. I would have some words for the Service Manager or Owner. One of the required steps for the 600 Mile service is to verify all fasteners are tight/torqued. If you get it back with loose/missing fasteners, it just highlights the poor quality of their work. I would guess that any organization, that actually wants repeat customers, might care about this. I could be wrong.
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