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I have just returned from my local KTM dealer, mentioning no names but Hyside in Collier Row, and asked them how much a service would be for my 950sm, 18k miles on an 07 plate. They have said that I need the valves done, (what ever that means) and the fork oil changed and they want £500 to do it. Does this sound reasonable or have I got M.U.G written all over my face?
 

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Yes as above , the service aint hard to do and checking the valves is easy ...Its just a bit harder if you need to re-shim..but they could be within spec .....and youd save yourself £400
 

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The valves are a piece of piss to check and chances are they'll be in spec anyway. All you need is a set of feeler gauges, about a fiver.
granted,but there are people out there who don,t even know what a feeler gauge is let alone use one,which is why i said-not too mechanically minded
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, I'm not too confident to do the service myself plus when the time comes to sell the bike it surely will add to the value if it has a full dealer history. I suppose my question is this, are Hyside charging the going rate or are they over the top? It looked from the links that SM950mike posted that they may well be expensive.
 

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i,ve just had a 600 mile service done for £250,with a valve check(2 needed shiming)that was with oil/filter change etc.don,t know what else you,re having done for the other £250.
 

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i,ve just had a 600 mile service done for £250,with a valve check(2 needed shiming)that was with oil/filter change etc.don,t know what else you,re having done for the other £250.
Where did you get this done? I assume that this was the bikes first every service from new?
 

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yes mate,first service,done at speedway m/cycles oldbury.when i collected the bike i asked what the most expensive service cost is and he said £350 for a major service.be interesting to give em a bell out of curiosity
 

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That price sounds like Ducati level pricing. I use a local specialist for my 749 and he's about half the price of the nearest dealer and does a better job.
 

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That price sounds like Ducati level pricing. I use a local specialist for my 749 and he's about half the price of the nearest dealer and does a better job.
Funny you say that, Hyside are also a Ducati dealer as well as a KTM dealer??
 

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Do it yourself, I'm going to do mine over the winter, as long as yoiu have the manual and take your time it is easy, taking photo's along the way.

I'm about as techical as a plank of wood but manage ti do basic servicing with the correct infoirmation and tools, document it and keep receipts . . .
 

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I have just returned from my local KTM dealer, mentioning no names but Hyside in Collier Row, and asked them how much a service would be for my 950sm, 18k miles on an 07 plate. They have said that I need the valves done, (what ever that means) and the fork oil changed and they want £500 to do it. Does this sound reasonable or have I got M.U.G written all over my face?
Take a look here http://www.ktm.co.uk/fileadmin/systemdata/downloads/service_times_ktm_models_en-2010-02.pdf

At 18,000 miles (approx 30,000km) you are looking at around 6 hours for the service according to KTM.

If you start at £500 (of which £75 is VAT), knock off about £50 for oil, and about £40 for filters (air/oil filters/screens etc) you are left with about £335 for 6 hours work - £56 per hour. Does not sound out of order.

But if someone else is offering to do it cheaper then it is worth looking - be careful and make sure you are getting the same work done for the lower price !
 

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They have said that I need the valves done, (what ever that means)
The valves are a piece of piss to check and chances are they'll be in spec anyway. All you need is a set of feeler gauges, about a fiver.
Haha. Not sure its going to be a piece of piss to someone who doesnt even know what they are... just sayin...

500 Sounds steep - but not crazily so. Pretty sure I was charged 450 or sommat last time I had someone do the service.
Its quite time-consuming stripping the bike down to do a valve check.
 

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Haha. Not sure its going to be a piece of piss to someone who doesnt even know what they are... just sayin...

500 Sounds steep - but not crazily so. Pretty sure I was charged 450 or sommat last time I had someone do the service.
Its quite time-consuming stripping the bike down to do a valve check.
wise words mooky...
 
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