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Hey I just have a question about the first service that is supposed to be done at 600 miles. I'm at just over 400 miles right now so I was just wondering how crucial that first service is, what they do to the bike, and what the valve adjustment is/ if that is worth it and crucial to bike performance. Thanks. - chad
 

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Its mostly to tighten crucial parts of the bike after they have been compressed/been rattled loose/etc and to change the oil after it has been filled with metal shavings from break in. The valve inspection is worth it since valves are a large factor in engine performance but usually, like my bike, adjustments aren't required. Go do it sometime but do it before 1300-1500 miles or so.
 

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I changed engine oil & filter at 580 miles, and went over the bike with wrenches. Using the torque wrenches on a handful of critical fasteners is always a really good idea.
I too am holding off on the valve clearance inspection/adjustment until about 1000 miles. If you hear tappet noise sooner than that, get it done. Follow the O/M for the other 600 mile service items to check, including all the regular Pre-Ride inspection items. Tire pressure should always be at the top of list for Pre-ride stuff to check.
 

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Greetings chadwick 90,

To get the most out of your cbr. Would it not be prudent on your part to Follow Honda's minimum required maintance recomendations ? Of Course, this is a Decision, that only you can answer.
 

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I would get it done. After taking mine in it operated much smoother. They adjust and check everything. The 600 mile service is the most important. I took mine in with 734 miles. Made a noticeable difference and I was glad to have spent that $224. Everything else I will be doing, until next valve check at 16K miles. :)
 

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I would definatly get the valves checked at 600, worth the cost. All my valves were tight.
Dealers LOVE to check the valve clearance at 600 miles. It means that they will VERY LIKELY get the bike back in another 500 to 900 miles to actually REPLACE the bucket shims to bring the valve clearance into spec. The name of the game in dealership service departments is BILLABLE LABOR. My 600 mile service, cost me an hour and a half of my time, and about $ 12.00 for the oil & filter. I'm spending the $200.00 I saved on a set Michelin sticker tires.

Obviously, performing the valve clearance inspection/adjustment yourself, is not for everyone. I've done it many a time... It's that whole "Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance" thing going on. The enjoyment is in the doing.


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Hey I just have a question about the first service that is supposed to be done at 600 miles. I'm at just over 400 miles right now so I was just wondering how crucial that first service is, what they do to the bike, and what the valve adjustment is/ if that is worth it and crucial to bike performance. Thanks. - chad
Get it done.

You'll be glad you did. Mine was finally serviced @ 900 miles. Dealer said not to go over 1500 but this shopped is booked 2 months in advance.
 

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thanks for the replys everyone, I have decided to go ahead and get the full service once i hit around 650 or 700 miles, I just hope it doesn't cost too much. But I do know it is important to have it done and I would never want to neglect an important part of the break in process or any required. And btw this is prolly a dumb question but what is tappet noise?
 

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Get it done.

You'll be glad you did. Mine was finally serviced @ 900 miles. Dealer said not to go over 1500 but this shopped is booked 2 months in advance.

Wow! I would've been screwed. I went in 1.5 weeks of getting the bike. Lol.
 

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thanks for the replys everyone, I have decided to go ahead and get the full service once i hit around 650 or 700 miles, I just hope it doesn't cost too much. But I do know it is important to have it done and I would never want to neglect an important part of the break in process or any required. And btw this is prolly a dumb question but what is tappet noise?
It's a "ticking" noise, most noticeable at idle. Fairly easy to tell its coming from the cylinder head of the engine.
 

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What's a normal price for the 1st service? I'm picking mine up today and it's $350. The salesman told me $250 when I bought the bike, and the service department told me they usually push $450. They're cutting me a break in the middle.
 

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What's a normal price for the 1st service? I'm picking mine up today and it's $350. The salesman told me $250 when I bought the bike, and the service department told me they usually push $450. They're cutting me a break in the middle.

We normally pay more here in overpriced OZ but i have done 985Km and am booked in for a service on Thursday including valve clearance for $315.00
Fingers crossed.
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Hey Chadwick 90 I'm in Australia and without valves being done mine was 170$ so sounds about right :). Good luck mate


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It was around $315 because of the misunderstanding, but it was supposed to be around $450-$500. It's a full service plus valve adjustment. They adjusted the clutch/brakes, made sure bolts were appropriately tightened, cleaned and adjusted the chain, changed the oil, etc. I'm just glad to have it back.

FWIW, the clutch and brakes feel noticeably better and 80% of the buzzing and "rattle" are gone. They did a great job.
 

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Hey Chadwick 90 I'm in Australia and without valves being done mine was 170$ so sounds about right :). Good luck mate


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they quoted me $170 for everything, including valve check. I did the oil myself and saved a good $50 at least. I went in to tell them I did the oil myself and they told me it wouldn't cost more than $100 to do the valve check and all the other required checks, but I guess we'll see, eveyone else on here seems to have paid double if not triple that ammount
 

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My dealer wants $225 for the full initial service.

I did the oil change myself, so that should bring the price down some.

The sad part is that the initial service fee from them is a flat rate for all the CBRs. Adjusting the single CBR250 valves is apparently the same as doing the I4 CBR600RR's valves.
 
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