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I won't work on loud bikes. If there is any doubt, call me first so you don't waste the trip.

Tires

Due to the wide range of tires available I only stock a few models. We can order tires that you want, but you may also order your own (cheaper for you). Have them shipped directly here, attention your name. Mounting and balancing will be charged at the shop rate but wheels off the bike will usually be about $30 each. Wheels on the bike will be slightly higher.

There are several good online tire stores. Note that for K1200LT you need to be sure to order the correct reinforced tire. Check your owner's manual or consult the BMW approved tire list.

New tires I usually keep on hand are:

Shop Policies

Parts

I use BMW parts and sell them for BMW's list price. If you have a preferred aftermarket part (brake pad, oil, filter, etc) feel free to bring it with you but I won't have it on hand here. I'll use new-in-bag BMW parts that you provide, but please don't call me asking for part numbers that you'll need so you can buy them yourself. You are on your own with any parts that you supply, with regard to the procurement, the application, and the suitability.

Keep in mind that parts sales are part of any shop's pricing structure. Without the parts sales component, there may be a different price structure.

Quotes

Unless I explicitly say otherwise, work is performed on a Time & Materials basis. I do not give quotes for any nonstandard work; I might give you an estimate but the actual cost may be higher or lower.

Payment

Payment is due at time of pickup, but if your bike is here for an extended period of time for reasons beyond my control, you will need to settle your account when I have completed the available work. Cash, check, PayPal or Credit card are OK.

Bike condition

You can save yourself some money by bringing a clean bike. If it's too dirty to work on I have to clean it and that happens on the clock. It doesn't take a whole lot to make it too dirty to work on.

Please bring the bike with as little gasoline in it as possible if the work involves opening or removing the tank (up to a gallon is usually OK). If the work involves removing the tank and especially removing fuel lines on a fuel-injected bike, I will remove excess gasoline. Not being in the gasoline storage business, I will probably not save that fuel for you but just put it into some other vehicle (like mine). I really would rather just buy it at a gas station because I hate handling gasoline. There are three gas stations less than a mile from me and I'll make sure you can get to one of them.

Typical service and repair costs

These are just estimates! I have not yet seen your bike! Contact me if you want details.

Oil change: K or Oilhead, typically about $70; $40 in materials plus a bit of labor. Airheads will be a bit less due to lower material cost. In any case, time is billed normally so the cost will be higher if bodywork or accessories must be removed.

BMW Service (6k service) is about an hour or two, but the engine needs to be cool for valve checks (if needed).

Full service for the R1100 (24k maintenance plus annual service) usually runs 5 or 6 hours and will cost about $500. The full service is detailed in your manual and includes:
  - engine oil change
  - gear oil change
  - brake flush
  - fuel, oil and air filters
  - chassis lube (yes this is actually real, not like cars)
  - alternator belt replacement
  - valve clearance adjustment
  - throttle synchronization
  - spark plugs
  - battery check
  - several general inspection points

Full service for R1150 will take seven hours or more and cost around $600 depending on how many infrequent items (plugs, fuel filter, alternator belt) are due.

Additional wear parts needed might include (parts + labor):
  - brake pads (up to $200 for all three calipers)
  - throttle cable ($40-ish)

And just to cover all bases, in case you aren't shocked yet, non-routine problems that do crop up on the R1100 can include:
  - right-side paralever bearing ($70)
  - front master cylinder ($300)
  - right-side throttle body ($150)

For Oilhead work requiring transmission removal and reinstallation (clutch replacement, spline lube, rear main or transmission input seal, etc), figure that the transmission R&R alone will take six to eight hours. Airheads and non-ABS K bikes require less time.

Basic Airhead top-end work (pushrod tube seals, cylinder base leaks, rings) will be at the least four hours but if you bring me a motorcycle-shaped lump of corrosion it could take days. Carburettor strip/clean takes about an hour each.