Friday, June 15, 2012

Adventure Bike Warehouse BMW Servicing

Well it was that time of year again, where the BMW R1200GS is due for a service and I had to make a decision as to which dealershio I should take it to.  The service was the 24,000 mile one and I really didn't want to go to a main dealer as they ask such silly prices, like for instance £70.00 for 4 litres of oil.
Well I had seen some recommendations on the UKGSER forum about Adventure Bike Warehouse,Unit 5, Agecroft Enterprise Park, Shearer Way, Swinton, Manchester, M27 8WA.

Well with the phone call made, service was booked, post code in the sat nav it was off.
Arriving at 10am, when they open was really good as I missed most of the rush hour traffic in and around Manchester, and what made things better was being greeted with a cup of tea and some toasted tea cakes.  I had to relaxed outside the unit on the patio set, whilst I waited for Jono, my mechanic for the day.  I say day.........

 Within minutes of him arriving the BMW was up on the ramp and the service began...

What I liked about it was I could see my motorcycle being worked on and was able to chat with Jono about what he was doing.

I learnt a lot about the way it should be done and towards the end of the day saw how the computer system checked the BMW.

I say at the end of the day.......Don't expect the job to be rushed as whilst you wait, you have drink numerous mugs of tea and be supplied with a light snack for lunch.....All part of the service.
So what did I get for my service:

Well I took my own engine oil, I am supported by Fuchs and took some Silkolene Pro 4 10W - 40.
All filters replaced
Brake fluid replaced
Engine balanced
Brakes serviced and set of rear pads replaced
Fitted with Iridium spark plugs

Also a job for next time, slight play in the rear wheel bearing.

After  test ride I was ready to leave for home.

Arrived at 10am and left at 5pm after and informative and relaxing day.

As soon as I rode off I noticed a difference in the BMW - It was a lot smoother, more responsive and I was using a lower gear as it appeared to have more torque.

Would I recommend Adventure Bike Warehouse to anyone wanting an excellent service, to an excellent standard at a non BMW Dealership price - YES.

A big thank you to Jono for the excellent job and Adrian for all the tea and food

 If you are interested, here are the web site details, and they also offer tours.....

Quote from the website : Adventure Bike Warehouse 
Adventure Bike Warehouse is a distributor and re-seller of parts and accessories for motorcycles built for tough adventures.  We carry a large amount of stock in order to try and fulfil customer satisfaction with speed of delivery.  We also stock camping equipment, tents, tools, workshop accessories, as well as clothing,helmets, boots and gloves.
We have a fully fitted workshop and offer fitting of parts purchased to your motorcycle, as well as full servicing on many makes of bikes, repairs, and HID light upgrades.  We offer preparation of bikes about to embark upon long journey's.  Bikes we have prepped have even reached the most northern extremes of Alaska. Whether you're going on an adventure around the world, around Europe, or simply weekends away in the UK, we have the gear to make your trips comfortable.


TrinGSter said...

A bit far for me, but I have similar experiences with my local independent - Steve Grover at Motoscot in Caddington near Luton. - Steve's an ex BMW workshop guy of 20 yrs. He recently did me a full service on my 1200 GS as you have just had with all fluids/filters/plugs changed (incl the oil on mine) and a new alternator belt for just under £300.

As you say, nice to see what goes on and chat about things in general, rather than the stand-offish and highly priced dealer experience.


Geoff James said...

Bloody heck Nigel 70 quid for 4 litres of oil???? I pay half that for Motul 5100 semi-synthetic in NZ, even at my Triumph dealer. How can some dealers justify that sort of expense???