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    Motorcycle Servicing SOR

    Good Afternoon All,

    I have recently purchased a 2003 Kawasaki Vn250 Eliminator and I've hit the 5000kms mark so it's due for a service.

    I was curious as for who to use, whether in store or mobile mechanic and the general price. I'm based in Maddington and Byford. So far I've been quoted $275 at Perth Motorcycle Works in Maddington and $280 outcall/$240 in store at Ktec in Kenwick. I'm obviously very new to motorcycles but I was wondering if this is a normal price or if it seems high(My mobile car mechanic is $180). Any advice on other places to try or anything about this subject would be fantastic! Cheers

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    There's nothing cheap about bikes! People think "If I get a bike I'll save money". Wrong. Everything is expensive and you'll also start riding it for fun = more costs in wear and tear, more frequent servicing required etc.

    Costs seem about ballpark. You could try Derek Ball mobile mechanic 0438926511 - his pricing is very competitive and likely lower than the others.

    Services mostly comprise an oil and filter change and a general checkover. If keen/that way inclined, you could do it yourself.
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    May i ask what your general bike servicing point is? Km-wise?

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    Depends on the bike. Service intervals are in the owners manual.

    Given the bike age but low km has it been getting regular servicing based on time rather than km?

    I’d be looking at oil, filter, brake and clutch fluid as a minimum unless you have service history that tells you when they were last changed.

    Fork oil wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

    Edit: I really should update my profile, it still has my first bike listed......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryzo View Post
    2003 kawasaki... I've hit the 5000kms mark
    5000km/15 years = less than a tank of fuel being ridden per year, or it sat for a while. So it will need more work than just the km based service. Cars and bikes have service schedules in the owners manual, notice that most service items will say something like "every 6000km or 12 months, whichever comes sooner* *service more regularly if ridden in dusty, wet, or high speed conditions" I couldn't find an owners/workshop manual with a very quick google but it's probably out there somewhere.

    To answer your question, yes, those are reasonable prices for a minor service. However in addition to the service you'll likely need to replace the tyres, brake fluid, fuel lines, vacuum lines, carb boots, and coolant because all of that stuff deteriorates over time whether the bike is ridden or not. Probably not the news you wanted to hear, but on the upside, it's all pretty simple stuff and most novice mechanics will be able to handle those jobs with the help of a good workshop manual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheel_of_steell View Post
    5000km/15 years = less than a tank of fuel being ridden per year, or it sat for a while.
    Or it's been round the clock once already
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    Cheers guys, great info

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    Definitely a valid point about other items likely needing to be done. Have you checked the age of your tyres? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring...ufactured.html

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