Sounds like the local shop is offering a choice...
Learn more or pay more.
"Fry, I'm an 80's guy. Friendship to me means that for two bucks I'd beat you with a pool cue till you got detached retinas." - That Guy
Sales pitch for Bend Motors Fish?
"It's not my fault your slow!"
600 mile service - $144.38
7500 mile service - $ 256.88
15000 mile service - $ 362.20
After 7500 mile Valve service (“Service A”) - $ 294.80
After 15000 mile Valve service (“Service A”) - $366.30
I can live with that.
Now all I have to do is get me one of these 1098,
So, will DNA enforce this? What if none of the local shops are willing to it for that price?
Real rates from DNA (in US dollars mind you) are very reasonable... curious as to what DNA will do to enforce their rate policy... if they do nothing then basically there entire campaign of lower maintenance is total BS.
I'd guess that they'll nip this in the butt pretty quickly!
My question is, what about people who bought some older (2-3 years old) Ducati models. Do you think they can request the 2007 maintenance schedule? I'm sure that there are many models that actually saw no change in parts between 2006 and 2007.
Former Bike: 1994 Red Ducati Monster M900 (sold)
fuckin rights I'm gonna be knocking at your doors enforcing this!
"I dread beyond all else the growth of the petty tyranny of restrictive legislation, the transference of disciplinary authority from the judiciary to the constabulary, the abandonment of every constitutional safeguard of individual liberty."
well when i picked up my bike they told me the first service was $250.
maybe I'll call DNA before every service
What kinda pisses me off is what's the point of a company re-engineering their engines to make them low maintenance, then market this and tell the public about it if the dealers are going to charge double or triple anyways?
Who really should be pissed (other than the consumers) is Ducati (and DNA) ... seems to me like they've gone to a whole bunch of work to make their products BETTER and now they have some dealers screwing it all up for them.
Last edited by fish_antlers; 04-15-2007 at 07:03 AM.
I do all my own maintenance, and only charge myself a six pack.
No call to Duc Seattle?
Well considering the older models were $800 for their first service, $400 really IS 50%! lol
Good article Fish
so if you don't get the belts checked at the first service,how do they know if your pulleys are going south (not a recall ,but some bikes have thrown belts because of pulleys coming apart)and re the 7500 service... what techs going to check clearance on 8 rockers set timing belts adjust mixtures,and go through your whole machine well for a couple hundred bucks.?. remember the factory can dictate a flat rate time,but if you get paid for 4 hours to do an 8 hour job,your going to cut corners.
Last edited by sprinter 27; 04-15-2007 at 09:39 AM. Reason: sp
?? You don;t need to check the belts on MY07 L-Twins until 7500 miles. That's the point the DNA is trying to get across. They've redesigned the engine. If something goes south, the bike is now covered with a 2 year warranty. That's what warranties are for.
You'd better read the article. The first service doesnt call for any of the work you're talking about, and the engines have been redesigned to be easier to service. OEMs spend millions of dollars on research and R&D, working out hours and times it takes to perform certain tasks. They train and certify their mechanics to be able to perform the tasks they set out in their schedules. If a mechanic can't complete the tasks outlined by an OEM prescribed in the time it takes other certified OEM mechanics then who's fault is that? Not the customers or the OEMs.
If a job is a 4 hour job and it takes a guy 8 hours, then he needs some more training, or you need to find a better mechanic.
This is standard in the automotive industry. The OEMs know EXACTLY how long something should take and mechanics are paid accordingly.
It's not "earn while you learn".
Great article/story Fish. Well presented. To me the subtext of this article is that only 30% of the dealers polled were with the program and not gouging. I don't subscribe that this is only indicative of Ducati dealerships but the industry as a whole.
Unfortunately, it has confirmed my suspicions about motorcycle dealers and that a large dose of cynicism is in order and the scepticism is deserved. The question that begs to be asked is of the shops in the GVRD which ones (presumably the 30%) are honest and giving the customer good value for their maintenance and repairs.