Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Orange County, NY
How much is a fair price?
I'm having my fork seals replaced on my recently purchased 1997 VN750 due to the dust covers rotting/ cracking. I was told by one mechanic (I'll call him Tom) that I should just ride and never mess with them until I get an oil leak. Another mechanic, (Jim) stated that I can do that if I want to but he wouldn't recommend it. He further explained that since the bike is a 97 and the dust covers are rotting/ cracking it's very likely the fork has never been properly maintained or worked on. He is a licensed DMV Inspection/ repair shop and also stated that the forks should be done every 5K miles in order to keep them in excellent working order. He is charging me $47.00 for parts, (which I guess are the seals, dust covers and oil) and $120.00 for labor.
In addition to the fork work he is going to "go through the whole bike" to make sure it's functioning properly. He said he would check the electrical system & recharging system, cooling system, emissions, idle, engine, axles, frame, controls, brakes, etc, etc. This is my 1st bike and I'm not very familiar with repair/ maintenance costs. I don't mind him being reasonably profitable. Having said that, am I paying a fair price?