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    We are only new (just over 12 months now) to the world of motorcycling, and have found that when it comes to having the bikes serviced at the local dealer, there's always something not quite right. For example, I posted elsewhere on the site about my experience with a recent tyre replacement (re: lead weights fallen off at the workshop)...and the myriad of stories from others on the forum (some of which are down right dangerous)...so, why is it that when it comes to the world of motorcycle maintenance at a dealership etc, the confidence factor is vastly lower as compared to when we get our car serviced at the dealer? Every time I have turned up to collect the bike, I feel I have to second guess/check everything that I can before I ride away (which is always good practice anyway), but still, I am checking to see if they've done stuff like tighten up the axel bolts!
     
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    The answer my friend is.... Rick Miller...
     
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    What you see posted on the forums are only the bad experiences people have. 99% of services turn out fine. The loose axle nut would be a pretty rare case. I think you should get in the habit of doing some basic checks such as chain tension, and tyre pressure even after a service. Cars are no better and I think you'll find that you just don't see the dodgy fixes as they're hidden. Over the last year I've actually seen two cars lose a wheel.
     
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    Yeah the only thing people mention about are the bad experiences and they travel far and wide (and generally often get blown out proportion).

    I've had a couple of minor niggles at a couple of places, one major cockup (at a place that no longer exists) but in all cases things were rectified so I never went on about them.
     
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    This is why I now do as much of the servicing as possible myself... Haven't had to worry about new bike warranty for a number of years though so when next I get a new bike I'll be re-evaluating local service options...
     
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    If it wasn't for new bike warranty's etc, I would be tackling the servicing myself. As it stands, I do regular chain maintenance, tyres (inspection & pressure checks), brake and clutch lever adjustment, and even a mid-service interval oil+filter change. Haven't needed to do the brake pads as yet, but when it comes time, I'll be doing those too. Having said that, I'm not exactly sure as to when I'll stop taking the bikes to the dealership for servicing, if ever. My main 'thing' about it is that I don't have the fancy electronic gizmos to dive into the ECU etc to do checks within that sphere.
     
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    Concur, also the ramifications of something going wrong on a car is such that it has less chance of doing you harm than something similar occurring on the inherently unstable, two points of contact, method of transport that we all love.

    Have a quick check of the bits that can kill you every time you ride, do some simple mechanical tasks yourself and take the time to find a reputable mechanic for the bits you can't. For my two-bob's worth, I trust Bruce's at Mitchell for all my major servicing work.

    Good luck.
     
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    I don't think that happens on normal bikes, maybe on top end Ducati's etc, but not for a general Ninja 300 service.
     
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    Cool. Thanks guys for your responses. I feel a little better about taking the bike in for its 12,000km service.:1.gif:
     
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    What @jrad said, Rick is top notch. I do most of my own but I have mates who have gone to Rick for years and all swear by him. My car had a coil go when down at Phillip Island and I had to use Roadside Assist, they diagnosed it and replaced it. This was the RACV place, so you would expect pretty good. When I picked up the car there was a small socket just in front of the windscreen and I noticed it and gave it to the guy, I thought that someone has forgotten something or that would have been used. When I checked the car I couldn't find anything so took off back to Canberra. I got the other 5 coil packs and replaced them, to find they had not done up a clamp on the air plumbing and they had left the clip loose for the coil they replaced.
     
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    Rick does all my servicing, every 2nd one on the roady and the odd major service of the race bikes plus helps me out with any major issues I ever have. Also gives me a bit of a hand to be able to go racing. Top bloke always happy to go out of his way to help people. Even at track days where he's there for fun I've often seen him helping people he doesn't know for nothing. He's all about people getting people to enjoy their motorcycling.

    But the usual disclaimer, he wont touch EuroTrash :D
     
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    That's good you do that, because it is only a human working on it after all. Even the best stuff up occasionally. Plus with a car if something goes wrong you usually can just pull over to the side of the road, bikes not so much.
     
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