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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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First Service - dealer?

Just got new 2018 ATAS DCT.

Is it necessary/useful to bring to a dealer for the first service (they told me 600 miles)?
Dealer (he is 2 hours away but another is nearer) mentioned oil change and check cables.

I can do that myself

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 12:51 PM
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Yea just do it yourself if your going to do your own oil changes. Check the bolt torque specs on the things common sense tells you too. Give the whole thing a once over. Who do you trust your life with more? The kid mechanic at the dealer or yourself. Also get a spoke torque wrench and check your wheels. Mine were way outta tune and causing slight issues that I thought were tire related at first. Now for the valve checks? I'll trust the dealership to do that one.
I guess it depends on how mechanically inclined you are (be honest with yourself) and/or how much time you have to devote to maintenance.
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I live in UK and purchased a new AT last month. The dealer told me about the 600 miles for the first service and mentioned they drop the initial factory fill mineral oil and put semi-synthetic in. They said if the factory fill oil wasn't changed before 1000 miles, the warranty on the engine would be affected. My dealer is close and I think I will get them to do the first service so I have evidence that it was done to the book, just in case any engines issues arise. I will change my own oil regularly after this. Also if any issues arise before the second service is due it will make conversations easier on whether the engine had the correct grade of oil at the first service.

Probably just me being over cautious but it will give me piece of mind.
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My plan is to have all normal services performed by the dealer. "Major" & "Minor" so there is a consistency in the "Service and Warranty" booklet.

as the booklet does not have specific spaces for "annuals" so, thats mainly oil and oil/filter changes, I shall do those myself. and keep the receipts.

Once the warranty expires.. then Im more than likely to drop the "minors" and DIY. But stick with the Dealer for "Majors". especially when the dreaded valve check falls due.
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My dealer mentioned that if your services arenít done by Honda approved shops, your warranty can be voided. Not a risk I want to take but each to their own.

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The requirement varies by country. Here in the US you just need to keep a record that shows the required service was done. The work does not have to be done by an authorized dealer. In some other countries that's not the case and the scheduled service must be done by a dealer to keep the warranty valid. If not in the US check the owners manual. It will be spelled out there.
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I live in UK and purchased a new AT last month. The dealer told me about the 600 miles for the first service and mentioned they drop the initial factory fill mineral oil and put semi-synthetic in. They said if the factory fill oil wasn't changed before 1000 miles, the warranty on the engine would be affected. My dealer is close and I think I will get them to do the first service so I have evidence that it was done to the book, just in case any engines issues arise. I will change my own oil regularly after this. Also if any issues arise before the second service is due it will make conversations easier on whether the engine had the correct grade of oil at the first service.

I am also in the UK and did exactly the same thing, but did not like the fact I had to pay £130 for the first service, and this without the oil which was supplied by me. Since then I have done all the oil/filter services alone, bike now has 30K miles and is just out of warranty.

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I have the ATAS and a CRF 250 Rally. I do all the service work. For me working on the bike is a big part of ownership. It will be brake fluid change next time so that's something I am looking forward to. Suppose being retired makes a difference - you can make an oil change last all day !
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As long as you keep oil/filter receipts etc you should be OK regarding warranty. I make out my own service sheets, tick and sign it off so it looks professional.
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Bit of a question mark?

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As long as you keep oil/filter receipts etc you should be OK regarding warranty. I make out my own service sheets, tick and sign it off so it looks professional.
I completely understand what you say about working on the bike. Nevertheless, I was browsing a solicitor's site earlier and on this page the writer says:

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There is an understandable but nevertheless mythical urban, well, myth, that a non-franchised dealership work does not invalidate your warranty. While that is true for cars, it is not so for motorcycles.
Is he correct? I don't know, but he is the head of a reputable firm of solictors that specialises in motorcycle insurance and related claims.

In your case I guess it would make no difference, as maintaining the bike is part of the enjoyment you gain from ownership, but for most UK riders it might be a good idea to stick to franchise dealers for servicing until the warranty has expired.
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Question, is anyone running full synthetic in their AT, and if so, have you been satisfied? I have used full synthetic in all of my bikes and autos, as some do not get ridden/driven enough to warrant 90 day changes, so I change in a year, even if mileage is quite low.

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