Just a topic for conversation that's been running thru my mind lately. I ride 2012 R1200 RT and love both the bike and riding in general. I ride quite a few miles, it's due for it's 30K service and is 14 months old.
My thoughts are why does it cost so much for maintenance and why do things on a motorcycle wear out faster than an automobile. As a comparision, I have a 2009 Honda CRV with just over 85K miles on it. It's got the original brakes, has never had a tune up, outside of a $40 oil & filter change every 5K miles or so, has been perfect.
My RT has burned out 1 headlight bulb, had the front brakes replaced, and now the 30K service is going to require flushing the brake system, changing all the fluids, and misc other stuff to a tune of nearly $800. BMW supposedly makes the best bike in the world, I'm just wondering why the bike is so much more expensive than my car usage, I ride many of the same roads I drive and treat it with the same care, probably more.
I'm not complaining about the bike or my dealer, just thought some of you more experienced riders might share you're thoughts. Are we all suckers or do bikes really need that much more maintenance and should it cost as much as it does? I know I need to learn to do some of my old maintenance and I'm working towards that, especially once the warranty expires in another 6K. Your thoughts please.