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    Quote Originally Posted by apbehnen View Post
    I apologize for getting anyone all worked up. I just thought $284 was expensive for an oil change that's all. It is just $15 short of $300. From now on, I think I will do the 6,000 mile oil change interval service myself and bring the bike to the BMW mechanic to do the more comprehensive $12,000 mile service. You all must make a lot more money than I do.☺️
    If you need or want help, just ask the forum members. There may be club “Tech Days” you could go to for some of this routine service.
    It’s really not a bad idea completely cutting the relationship with your dealer, especially if the bike is still within the BMW warranty period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    Yes it does ... it screws onto a BMW motorcycle
    Or it "screws" the BMW rider?
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    Quote Originally Posted by apbehnen View Post
    I apologize for getting anyone all worked up. I just thought $284 was expensive for an oil change that's all. It is just $15 short of $300. From now on, I think I will do the 6,000 mile oil change interval service myself and bring the bike to the BMW mechanic to do the more comprehensive $12,000 mile service. You all must make a lot more money than I do.☺️
    No, not at all. All part and parcel of owning a BMW with it's 40% snob appeal premium pricing. I do not have more money, as with age comes that "fixed income" demographic. However, there's more to gain than $$$ when it comes to wrenching on ones bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    No, not at all. All part and parcel of owning a BMW with it's 40% snob appeal premium pricing. I do not have more money, as with age comes that "fixed income" demographic. However, there's more to gain than $$$ when it comes to wrenching on ones bike.
    My BMW did not come with that premium package. But totally agree that wrenching, cleaning and maintaining a motorcycle helps you bond with the bike and if you've read "Zen" then you understand. Sure I like to save a few $$ when I can but I also truly enjoy working on my bikes. It is kind of therapeutic.

    That being said I also enjoy spending time at my dealer, talking to the Service manager, techs, parts manager and the great sales guys along with the owner. For me it is all part of why I enjoy the BMW ownership experience which very few other brands offer.
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    If I couldn't afford the services my dealer provides for the GS, I really can't afford to own the GS. I've never been a wrencher, I've never cared to be a wrencher.

    I was a professional in my business, actually in two businesses. People paid me for my services. I in turn pay other professionals with the funds I've made as a professional from others who either didn't care to, didn't know how to do what I did professionally.

    Dad used to work part time for a caddy dealership. He told me those people didn't care how high the price of gas was. If they couldn't afford the gas, they couldn't afford the caddy to begin with and would buy a smaller vehicle that got better mileage.

    Moral of the story, I expect to pay someone what they are worth [ to do the job right ] when I either can't or don't want to do it myself.
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    If I couldn't afford the services my dealer provides for the GS, I really can't afford to own the GS. I've never been a wrencher, I've never cared to be a wrencher.

    I was a professional in my business, actually in two businesses. People paid me for my services. I in turn pay other professionals with the funds I've made as a professional from others who either didn't care to, didn't know how to do what I did professionally.

    Dad used to work part time for a caddy dealership. He told me those people didn't care how high the price of gas was. If they couldn't afford the gas, they couldn't afford the caddy to begin with and would buy a smaller vehicle that got better mileage.

    Moral of the story, I expect to pay someone what they are worth [ to do the job right ] when I either can't or don't want to do it myself.

    Wow, I feel like you are trying to insult me. What I hear you saying is in society, I don't hold as much value as you, because you may earn more than me. Therefore I should stay in my place and buy a bicycle instead. BMW Motorcycles are only for us elite people with money. Thanks, that is real compassion and motorcycle friendship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apbehnen View Post
    Wow, I feel like you are trying to insult me. What I hear you saying is in society, I don't hold as much value as you, because you may earn more than me. Therefore I should stay in my place and buy a bicycle instead. BMW Motorcycles are only for us elite people with money. Thanks, that is real compassion and motorcycle friendship.
    Actually, brownie’s comment has been the mantra of the high-end car industry forever. It has been skewed a bit by “all inclusive” maintenance packages now in lease agreements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apbehnen View Post
    Wow, I feel like you are trying to insult me. What I hear you saying is in society, I don't hold as much value as you, because you may earn more than me. Therefore I should stay in my place and buy a bicycle instead. BMW Motorcycles are only for us elite people with money. Thanks, that is real compassion and motorcycle friendship.
    I wasn't trying, nor was I, regarding insulting you. You hold value to me if I require/want your services. I held value to others when they required/wanted my services. I worked 60-80 hrs a week in my profession, I didn't have time nor the inclination to educate nor fiddle with something mechanical.

    And yes, you read my post wrong regarding bmw's only being for the elite with money. So, let me expound on that for clarification.

    1. Can I afford a second vehicle along with the family cage [ a motor in this case ]
    2. If I can afford a bike, how much can I actually afford monetarily
    3. Once I've determined what I can afford to spend initially to get it home,
    4. Through research, can I afford the maintenance schedule and any unexpected repairs during it's lifetime because I rely on others expertise
    5. How much discretionary income do I have yearly, against the above first 4.

    That's how the vast majority make purchase decisions if they are prudent and not caught up in impulsive buying. An analogy, if you will. I would like a 5K square foot home on 50 acres, a cook, a maid, and a Bentley. I run through the first 4 above and decide, no, I can't afford that, so I live in a smaller home on less land, cook and clean myself, BUT, I have 2 cages and 2 bikes instead of the Bentley. If I couldn't afford 2 cages and bikes, and maintenance for them, I wouldn't own them. I started on a used Honda 150 dream in HS because that's all I could afford.

    In 50 years of motoring cages and two wheels, I've spent a fortune on mechanics, literally. It is what it is. I accept the fact people get paid good money/charge good money for their services cause I can't or don't want to do that myself. It stings when I get my bills for service too like everyone else I imagine.

    Where motors are concerned, consider me an end user having to pay someone else for the opportunity to ride and enough disposable income to afford what I have [ or I wouldn't have it ].

    Omega Man recognized the long held mantra, dad just happened to mention it to me after I complained about gas prices during the embargo in 72/3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    If I couldn't afford the services my dealer provides for the GS, I really can't afford to own the GS. I've never been a wrencher, I've never cared to be a wrencher.

    I was a professional in my business, actually in two businesses. People paid me for my services. I in turn pay other professionals with the funds I've made as a professional from others who either didn't care to, didn't know how to do what I did professionally.

    Dad used to work part time for a caddy dealership. He told me those people didn't care how high the price of gas was. If they couldn't afford the gas, they couldn't afford the caddy to begin with and would buy a smaller vehicle that got better mileage.

    Moral of the story, I expect to pay someone what they are worth [ to do the job right ] when I either can't or don't want to do it myself.
    Actually I am not at all offended by brownie's post and I agree. It's like buying a premium brand anything ... like a car ... I know owning a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche will most likely cost more to maintain, service and insure. You factor in all those costs when making the decision to buy or not. In addition I know one good riding buddy who has BMW bike, Porsche 911 and 2 jet ski's. He is a professional and works 60+ hour weeks. He has no time nor desire to wrench on his toys. BUT ... he certainly has the disposable income to have that done by the respective dealers. He knows and understands that cost going in.

    We all have he ability to select where we spend our $$. While I could certainly afford paying the dealer to do all the service on my bikes I chose to do a lot myself because I enjoy it and have the time to do so.

    It is simply about understanding the choices we make. Neither is right or wrong but just understand the risks of any choice.
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    There is a threshold for everyone and it's not about affordability. Affordability is a priority issue based on resources and needs. However, paying more than what appears reasonable for a given task is the threshold most grumble about and/or make decisions on. This and the art of self satisfaction is what drives most DIY practitioners. If one had to pay $150.00 for a simple oil & filter change for their Ford/Chevy/Whatever truck, I dare say most would or at least consider DIY.

    I am fortunate that I'm retired, have time and funds to decide which path I care to choose. For me, putzing around the garage, with four $8.00 quarts of Castro 5W40 synthetic oil (delivered to my door step by Amazon), a $20.00 filter and $1.00 gasket for 30 minutes...beats the heck out of a 6 hour round trip visit to the nearest BMW dealer, where I'm ask to spend $17.50 a quart for oil ($70), $20 filter and $1.00 gasket plus $10.00 for shop supplies (cost of pair rubber gloves and one shop towel I assume) and a donut (free???). Let's say, after a two hour wait, I'm billed for 45 minutes labor ($75.00 would be cheap)...for a grand total of $176.00. Of course, that doesn't count the $15.00 spent on gas and a full day...for an oil change.

    So $53.00/30 minutes vs $191.00/8 hours. Thresholds & Choices...we all have them, we all make them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    There is a threshold for everyone and it's not about affordability. Affordability is a priority issue based on resources and needs. However, paying more than what appears reasonable for a given task is the threshold most grumble about and/or make decisions on. This and the art of self satisfaction is what drives most DIY practitioners. If one had to pay $150.00 for a simple oil & filter change for their Ford/Chevy/Whatever truck, I dare say most would or at least consider DIY.

    I am fortunate that I'm retired, have time and funds to decide which path I care to choose. For me, putzing around the garage, with four $8.00 quarts of Castro 5W40 synthetic oil (delivered to my door step by Amazon), a $20.00 filter and $1.00 gasket for 30 minutes...beats the heck out of a 6 hour round trip visit to the nearest BMW dealer, where I'm ask to spend $17.50 a quart for oil ($70), $20 filter and $1.00 gasket plus $10.00 for shop supplies (cost of pair rubber gloves and one shop towel I assume) and a donut (free???). Let's say, after a two hour wait, I'm billed for 45 minutes labor ($75.00 would be cheap)...for a grand total of $176.00. Of course, that doesn't count the $15.00 spent on gas and a full day...for an oil change.

    So $53.00/30 minutes vs $191.00/8 hours. Thresholds & Choices...we all have them, we all make them.
    EXACTLY! YES!

    I totally agree! And that is the choice I make. The "reasonable" price for a BMW oil change at the vast majority of dealers is just as you outlined. That is "reasonable" since that is what they all charge. We then get to choose to opt for the DIY plan which I do and love doing. The difference for me is I am 9 miles from my dealer or less than 10 min. But hey I feel very blessed about that.
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    This thread is getting too philosophical! We all make choose of what is important to us. Agree

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    Did you ask for your MOA discount?

    My local dealers offer a 10% discount on parts to BMWMOA members if you ask for it. Not a lot but it's something. No discount on labor but I did receive a coupon in the mail recently off labor this time of year since their shops aren't busy now.

    After getting my bikes back missing fasteners, having disconnected hoses, and mauled electrical plugs I decided that I care more about my bike and my own safety than they do, so I do as much of my own maintenance as possible. That includes tires, balancing and all the other regular maintenance. I leave the recalls, warranty work and anything I don't wanna mess with to them. That hasn't been much thank goodness.

    I think everybody spends their money differently and there should be no disrespect in what people decide is valuable to them or not. Do whatever pleases you and have a nice day. Then go riding, that is the point, isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    This thread is getting too philosophical! We all make choose of what is important to us. Agree
    Well now, that might be construed differently based on multiple factors of varying degrees...but I do digress....yes let’s not vet too philosophical, but perhaps remain factually direct or agree to not type anything...agree? However, we do need a quorum...I yield back my remaining time
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    Quote Originally Posted by AjaxTheDog View Post
    My local dealers offer a 10% discount on parts to BMWMOA members if you ask for it. Not a lot but it's something. No discount on labor but I did receive a coupon in the mail recently off labor this time of year since their shops aren't busy now.

    After getting my bikes back missing fasteners, having disconnected hoses, and mauled electrical plugs I decided that I care more about my bike and my own safety than they do, so I do as much of my own maintenance as possible. That includes tires, balancing and all the other regular maintenance. I leave the recalls, warranty work and anything I don't wanna mess with to them. That hasn't been much thank goodness.

    I think everybody spends their money differently and there should be no disrespect in what people decide is valuable to them or not. Do whatever pleases you and have a nice day. Then go riding, that is the point, isn't it?
    Gee, one would think that “Master BMW Tech” would be more professional and caring. Felt your bewilderment more than once.
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