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In the next two weeks I have to take my bike in for the 5000 mile check up. I know what the owners manual calls for and I do trust my dealer. Is there anything I should double check to be the sure the dealer has performed the services on a specific item? I ask only because one of my Harley friends said he had to watch on some sort of maintenance item that the dealer didn't like to do because it was a pain to perform
 

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In the next two weeks I have to take my bike in for the 5000 mile check up. I know what the owners manual calls for and I do trust my dealer. Is there anything I should double check to be the sure the dealer has performed the services on a specific item? I ask only because one of my Harley friends said he had to watch on some sort of maintenance item that the dealer didn't like to do because it was a pain to perform
Add your bike and year to your sig to get more specific results.

There shouldn't be much to a 5k check besides oil and maybe ensuring the belt adjustment is still good. 10k you might wanna new air filter or clean the old one. 15k you need to be thinking about lubing steering head and shock bearings and changing the fork oil. Probably should bleed the brakes here if its a couple years old. This stuff needs to be repeated at 15k mile intervals. At 30k intervals you should change the plugs and fuel filter.

Ain't much more to it than that from what I can see, but I ALWAYS tell the shop exactly the services I want performed. Most things I take care of myself unless it's going to require specialized tools or more effort than I care to put into it. I don't trust that a check list for maintenance jives with what's called for in the manual.

Last time I was in I asked a tech about servicing the forks. He said most people never do that until they spring a leak. I just looked down and shook my head...
 

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Go ahead and shake your head but he was telling you what his experience told him.
 

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you had your bike in for the 500 mile check up and now your going to bring it back again.
If it running good save your money till you get to 30 thousand miles
 

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Go ahead and shake your head but he was telling you what his experience told him.
I wasn't shaking my head because I thought he was lying, but

1. If he was doing maintenance by the book, he would be changing it at regular intervals on any bike he services per the mfg's recommendations, not only when a seal split. This is the primary reason why I'm always very explicit when I want something done by a shop. I wouldn't dream of just taking a bike in and saying "do the 20k service on it." Who knows what they would do or charge?

2. Doesn't say much that the avg rider has no cloo of the routine maintenance requirements of their $20k machines and let such routine things go so long.
 

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I wasn't shaking my head because I thought he was lying, but

1. If he was doing maintenance by the book, he would be changing it at regular intervals on any bike he services per the mfg's recommendations, not only when a seal split. This is the primary reason why I'm always very explicit when I want something done by a shop. I wouldn't dream of just taking a bike in and saying "do the 20k service on it." Who knows what they would do or charge?

2. Doesn't say much that the avg rider has no cloo of the routine maintenance requirements of their $20k machines and let such routine things go so long.
This (#2) is exactly why I found this forum the very next day after buying my bike. I can do some maintenance on them, but don't really enjoy it like some do. The information available here seems to make up for my lack of it.
 
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