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Had dealer do the 1,000 mile service. They say that the 5,000 mile service they touch every bolt on the bike..Is this true ? Do you change all three oils every 5,000 miles. If its just a engine oil and plugs, i can do that. What do you guys do?
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I have the same question. I'm just about to reach the 5000 mile mark and trying to decide if its worth the money, because the 1000 mile service sure wasnt.






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IMO,the 1,000 mile service is just to make sure the factory put the bike together the right way(nothing obvious fell off did it?).

5,000 is where they really start and get them torqued correctly,and make sure things are right.

I just had the 20k on my 09, and a new rear tire, and had them change out the fork oil to the SE version. Just got back from a 1,200 mile shake down cruise yesterday,and it rides much smoother and quieter.

I also did the Red Line in the tranny and Mobile One V-Twin 20-50in the engine and primary.

BIG difference in tranny operation. I'm sold on the redline Tranny oil.

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Just had mine done, they do go over the whole bike and I believe it's required for a valid warranty--yes all oils are changed. Though I even like to change mine every 3,000 depending on the length of time between changes

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I'm gonna go the other way.

To start with,........if it's required to maintain the warranty then they HAVE to do it for free. That's the law ! So no it's not required.

It's nothing but an oil change with a lookie see. Change your own oil's and check your own stuff and save the money. Keep a folder of all the maintenance that you do and save your receipts. Just run through the 5K checklist and throw your initials next to each item to make it look official.
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Had dealer do the 1,000 mile service. They say that the 5,000 mile service they touch every bolt on the bike..Is this true ? Do you change all three oils every 5,000 miles. If its just a engine oil and plugs, i can do that. What do you guys do?
What I do is "WAIT" for something I think needs adjusted, then I take it in. It depends on "HOW YOU RIDE"! Yeh, everybody rides different. If your not having any "MAJOR ISSUES" w/anything, change your fluids yourself. Motor,Trans,and Primary. Then ride and see if you can tell a difference in,Sound and Performance. They do grease alot of things, steering head, floorboards, clutch cable, but if your not out popn the clutch at every stop light, and are using common sence, your gonna get the most out of what they do, IF THEY DO IT RITE!


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It's nothing but an oil change with a lookie see.

Change your own oil's and check your own stuff and save the money.


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Thanks for the info guys! I think ill let them do this one , and ill do them from then on.
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I bought the Service Manual for my Wide Glide, no problems. Just got the Service Manual for my RG. Again, no problems. I must agree with what was stated earlier; if it looks wrong, sounds bad, smells bad, it might be bad/wrong. Although the manual is descriptive it can throw one off at times. I myself choose to run AmsOil in all three. Tranny gets the Severe Gear 75/90. Quiet and smooth........
The other thing is this, get to know a tech or two at the dealer. Take them lunch and listen to them talk......
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I've always done all my maintenance since waaayyy back , with this Roadie , I ordered the Ultra Tour Pak , and it showed up just as my 1k service was due , so I had them go ahead and do a 1k service ..

For $300 I got all three holes oil changed , the clutch adjusted , and the bike washed .. There was a few small things I noted that needed fixing or adjusting , that were pretty obvious , if they were doing what they were sposed to do ..

Looked the bike over .. Went and got the GM , told him I wanted to show him something .. He came back with me ..

Asked the service writer who did the service on the bike , he told me , I said lemme see him , guy came out and I asked him if he did the 1k service on my bike , he said yep , then I pointed out the things that I knew about , and told him he forgot those things .. Told the GM my bike wud never be in his service dept again and walked out ..

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