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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Okehampton, southwest England
I totally agree with you Hizzo3. It's the same here in the UK, labor rates can be seriously high & it's hard to know who to trust. I do all of my maintenance myself & the only time I go to a dealer is for the annual inspection, least I know things are done then. I work with a guy who took his Kawasaki GPZ1100 into a franchised dealer for a service. He picked it up afterwards & while he was riding home he noticed a rattle coming from the back end. Anyway, when he looked more closely he noticed the rear brake torque arm was loose! They had taken out the back wheel for some reason & hadn't checked everything was tight afterwards. Doesn't take much to imagine what would have happened if the torque arm had let go, could have killed the guy. When he complained to the dealer they denied all knowledge of it. Took the threat of legal action before they refunded his labor costs.
1991 BMW K1100LT
1980 Suzuki GS1000G