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I just bought my 2011 CBR250R and the dealer sold me on a prepaid maintenance plan. After reading through the owners manual I am confident I can attempt most the maintenance myself. This is my first bike, does anyone recommend keeping the dealer maintenance or canceling it and getting the manual to do things myself?

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I am going through the same issue myself actually, but I am curious as a new rider, how much your prepaid maintence plan was? How long is it for? Would like to compare with what my dealerhsip here in HI is asking
 

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I have been around bikes my whole life and I'm confident that I can do 99% of the maintenance at home, except the first service at 1000km or 600 miles depending where your from.
The only reason I say this is because of the valve adjustments that will need to be done then.. I know i can do it, but if I was to make a mistake and the engine was to bend a vavle or worse, I'm pretty sure the Honda won't honour the warranty :)
 

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i paid $899 for my maintenance plan...they called it a "pit pass", good at any certified honda shop/dealer.

after reading the owners manual it actually says that you only "inspect" the valve at 600 miles and then again later. you don't adjust them unless they are off. i would assume this cost to have the dealer adjust them for me would be pretty inexpensive.
 

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WHOOPS - the plan is good for 24,000 miles or so many years, i will have to get back to you on that, don't have my paperwork infront of me.

i think i am going to cancel it and get my money back!!
 

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$899 is to much, I paid $599 for mine which seeing as the first service is just over $300 and its covered I felt it was worth it. I do the maintenance on my wifes bike, everything will be free of charge for three years on mine, including state inspections. I would get my money back at $899.
 

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average $250 cost for first service...then $120 for one oil change once each additional year plus what they charge you for inspecting nuts and bolts and such...I dont see how you would ever get ur money back out of it..which is exactly why they sell it...to make more money off of you....
they wouldnt even offer it if it saved YOU money but cost THEM down the road in the future
 

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Please, please, please don't buy service contracts. $600 is theft, $900 is Grand Theft!

Generally the 600 mi service is for making simple adjustments and doing an oil change. You can have that done if your not comfortable, but after that learn to do the simple stuff like oil changes and chain adjustments yourself. You need to be able to check the oil, adjust the chain, and especially check the tire pressure on a very regular basis.

Riding and owning a cycle is a lot different from driving and owning a car. You need to be able to stay on top of simple maintenance items yourself without running to the dealer. Oil levels, chain adjustment, and tire pressure checks are all critical items for your safety every time out. You don't want to have to rely on an appointment at a dealer to do those items, you need to be able to take control of the maintenance and your safety - it's all your responsibility in the end.

Save the money and buy some tools and a Service Manual. You'll be way ahead in the long run.


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Right on.

Save the money and buy some tools and a Service Manual. You'll be way ahead in the long run.
Jay
Absolutely.
The better you know every inch of your bike, the more enjoyable and safer it is to ride. After the warranty you will save money. You can often stop problems before they occur.
 

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Yikes, I thought $900 was a steel. My dealers offer was like $1200 for the first five. I didn't take it because I have more time than money and I was already shocked that I was buying a bike before I got my MSF and license!

I am learning to do my own maintenance.

I look at it this way; it is proven that using a checklist and washing hands saves lives. I think something like 15% of deaths from IV infection in hospitals could be prevented by adhering to a checklist and when was the last time you saw a hospital doctor wash their hands? Many probably do, but they are the worst offenders in the hospital. If highly qualified doctors and nurses refuse to use a simple tool that is proven to save lives how thorough do you think the kid doing the maintenance on your motorcycle is likely to be? I don't have to get through ten bikes a day so I can take my time and follow every step line by line and check it off. I do this every time.
 
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