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I finally got 590 miles on my 2011 ninja1K and now it is time to service it. What did you pay at the dealership and what was done?
 

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IMHO...Do it yourself and get...

to know your bike. The bike is very "service friendly". Oil filter/drain plug easy access, easy chain adjustment etc etc. Schedule is in the owners manual.
 

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$ 173.91. Oil,filter,chain lube. 1.5 hr labor. Inspect two dozen other areas on a check list. I'll do oil change the next few times. At 7500/1yr. they can look it over again. My knowledge is limited...it's worth the peace of mine
 

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The service manager was trying to tell me the throttle plates had to be synced just like carbs, ever heard of this?
 

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Yes, but I don't think it's till around...

7500 miles as per manual. I use to sync the throttle bodies on my Hayabusas and I could always tell when it was time as there would be a "knocking" sensation through the handlebars.
 

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to know your bike. The bike is very "service friendly". Oil filter/drain plug easy access, easy chain adjustment etc etc. Schedule is in the owners manual.
+1. It's very easy to do it yourself. and it makes you to learn your bike. little by little you ll be able to do more stuff. and we are here to help you.
 

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Heard of it, never done it though.
 

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Zann, I could do it, but this is the break-in service and is the only one they reccomend to be done by a dealer to keep my WARRANTY intact, esp sine I have an extended one!.
 

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I seem to recall paying around $350-400 for my 600 miles service. Same thing - had to get it done by the stealership in order to keep the extended warranty. Otherwise, I usually do my own work on my bikes... This is actually the first BRAND NEW bike I have ever owned, and I plan on just taking it to the dealer for services (other than oil changes and brake pads and chain adjustments) in order to keep it in perfect mechanical condition for as long as possible.
 

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When I asked my dealer about the 600 mile service he told me that I could do it myself. He said to make sure that I kept detailed records with receipts. I asked my salesman and the head of the service department because I shelled out for the extended warranty. I wanted to make sure that I didn't have a problem if I ever needed to submit a claim.

I also found this on the Kawasaki site...

Am I required to take my Kawasaki vehicle to an authorized Kawasaki dealer for service and maintenance work?
No, but we request that you keep written records and receipts showing that the service and maintenance work has been performed according to the schedule of maintenance in your Owner's Manual.

http://www.kawasaki.com/SITE/FAQ/hel...es.html#maint2
 

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Feel free to ask my anything you want to know and I will give you a truthful answer. No, you don't need to get your first service at a dealer, just change your own oil. No, your warranty won't void. Kawi is very easy to work with.
 

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When I bought my Ninja the dealer told me to 'make sure you get that oil out of there by 600 miles.' That was it. They didn't seem too concerned about any other potential issues. I changed it at less than 400 miles and will change it again around 2500. I had an oil analysis done on the oil and will do it again next change. That should be adequate proof that it's been changed.

Anything else that might break isn't something that could have been 'fixed' at any 600 mile dealer service and prevented any issues. So if it breaks it's their nickel.
 

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yes, but if that first very important service is not done properly, they can have you chasing your tail for ages IF something does go bad and you missed it. I got my extra 3 year extended warranty thrown in with the deal.
 

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yes, but if that first very important service is not done properly, they can have you chasing your tail for ages IF something does go bad and you missed it. I got my extra 3 year extended warranty thrown in with the deal.
Yeah, if you have an a$$hole dealer it could be an issue. The place I got my bike isn't known for being pricks about warranty work.

I've followed the book + done extra and documented that. I figure I'm safe.
 

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Just picked mine up from 600mile service and paid $149. Yes I could of done it myself and yes after years of working on my own toys i have the ability but it gets to for me a convenience factor and sad but true the paying $149 is an easier option at this stage of the game. Weak i know so be kind please....
 

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I can't wait to put 600 miles on mine. Unfortunately, I live in Florida, where it rains practically ALL FRIGGIN' SUMMER!!! (as it is, right this very minute) I plan on taking it into the stealership for the 1st service, TB synchs and valve adjustments.....but that's it.

I've spent enough time in my local dealership (who's service desk is inside the main building) and overheard literally zillions of the Service Manager's phone conversations to know -- know what the book calls for on your specific bike's mileage, and ask for those services, specifically. Otherwise you just may get shanked-over.

Case-in-point: the local SM advised my previous bike -- a nifty 2009 Versys -- would require a valve adjustment on it's first service (which really isn't needed until mid 20's). I flipped open the book and educated him; to which he said..."oh yeah....you're right, got that mixed up with the Ninja 650R." (which has essentially the same powertrain). Jeez.
 
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