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Hi Everyone,

How much does/did the 1st Service cost you?
 

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Approximately $20 for supplies (oil, filter, washer) and however much value you place on your time... took me about 20 minutes, but it was my first time doing it.

Probably gonna cost more if you have someone else do it.
 

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Thanks ... I meant taking it to the honda dealership ... for the "record"/warranty
 

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mmm, you need to be aware of this:

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
The Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act is a United States federal law,. Enacted in 1975, it is the federal statute that governs warranties on consumer products. The law does not require any product to have a warranty but if it does have a warranty the warranty must comply with this law. The law was created to fix problems as a result of manufacturers using disclaimers on warranties in an unfair or misleading manner.

Basically, if you document (receipts and photos) that you did the work, they have to honor the warranty. The law was enacted to keep dealerships from claiming that if they did not do the service work, the warranty was null and void.
 

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Wow. Clearly you are so much cheaper in the US than the U.K. Despite the fact we do need to have a dealer do the service to maintain the warranty, even if I did it myself it would still cost around £60 for the oil and filters. I think that's around $90?

Add that to the £5400 (around $7100) the bike costs compared to US around $5200?

Then there's the fuel at around $8 a gallon......
 

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The quote from the Honda Dealer where I purchased my Rebel was $140.00 for the first service including, disposal fees, shop supplies, 3 qts. of oil, oil filter and taxes.

I did it my self for less than $40.00.

If it is your first time on the Rebel 500 Honda has a kit that has the filter and a filter wrench in it.

Kenny G
 

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Are we just talking about replacing the filter and oil? This is so easy and you can get the required oil for about 14 bucks.... I dont see why anybody would ever not change your own bike oil. SO EASY! Takes maybe 20 mins tops and its kinda fun.
 

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I'll probably pay up for the first service. I don't mind oil changes, levers, etc but I've never dealt with chain tension adjustments from the swing arm. Plus the dealer said they go over every nut and bolt on the bike too to make sure everything is still good, especially for the 300s. After the first service I'll take care of the rest of the maintenance myself. Just passed break in yesterday too so I'll be calling this week to get a price and set up an appointment.
 

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Jsk,

If you keep the chain clean and lubricated it is not going to need adjusted very often. I have went well over 5000 miles on a O-ring chain without adjusting it on other bikes, some with quite a bit of horsepower.

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I'll probably pay up for the first service. I don't mind oil changes, levers, etc but I've never dealt with chain tension adjustments from the swing arm. Plus the dealer said they go over every nut and bolt on the bike too to make sure everything is still good, especially for the 300s. After the first service I'll take care of the rest of the maintenance myself. Just passed break in yesterday too so I'll be calling this week to get a price and set up an appointment.
Five minutes with a set of sockets (and a torque wrench, if necessary) and you can check every nut and bolt yourself. If it's not loose, move to the next one.

Chain tension measurements and adjustment instructions are in the manual.

Honestly, for $30 and 30 minutes of your time, you can accomplish the same as what they're likely going to charge you $100-$150 for...
 

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Five minutes with a set of sockets (and a torque wrench, if necessary) and you can check every nut and bolt yourself. If it's not loose, move to the next one.

Chain tension measurements and adjustment instructions are in the manual.

Honestly, for $30 and 30 minutes of your time, you can accomplish the same as what they're likely going to charge you $100-$150 for...
Once you gain the confidence to do this stuff yourself - you're ready to tackle bigger jobs. For example, you'll be surprised how ridiculously easy it is to set the valve clearance on these engines.
 

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Five minutes with a set of sockets (and a torque wrench, if necessary) and you can check every nut and bolt yourself. If it's not loose, move to the next one.

Chain tension measurements and adjustment instructions are in the manual.

Honestly, for $30 and 30 minutes of your time, you can accomplish the same as what they're likely going to charge you $100-$150 for...
Be careful with the bolts holding the rear fender on. I attempted to loosen the fender bolts and they were so tight that I ended up breaking the head off one of the bolts and had to drill it out. I was using a 3 ft. long breaker bar and the bolts squeaked for the first turn out. My bike may be an exception, but I think you want to be careful attempting to tighten, or loosen, the bolts securing the rear fender.

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Be careful with the bolts holding the rear fender on. I attempted to loosen the fender bolts and they were so tight that I ended up breaking the head off one of the bolts and had to drill it out. I was using a 3 ft. long breaker bar and the bolts squeaked for the first turn out. My bike may be an exception, but I think you want to be careful attempting to tighten, or loosen, the bolts securing the rear fender.

Kenny G
The allen bolts I had to remove on the side of the rear fender to mount my saddlebags were also ridiculously tight.

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Once you gain the confidence to do this stuff yourself - you're ready to tackle bigger jobs. For example, you'll be surprised how ridiculously easy it is to set the valve clearance on these engines.
I haven't looked at that in the manual yet but if it's shims, that's awesome. My ruckus has shims and I already have the kit. Took all of about 5 min to do it on the scooter.

Maybe I'll skip it then. You guys are convincing lol. And I am good with mechanical things but I figured I should just be more careful the first time around. If it's all that easy I may just do it myself then. :grin2:
 

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Jsk,

The folks that I have spoke with that have the 2017 Rebel pretty much agree that if anything the chain is adjusted a little tighter from the Honda factory than most of us would adjust a new chain. I have not adjusted my chain and will see what happens after a few thousand miles.

Kenny G
 

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Going in today for mine. I was going to just do the oil change myself, but there has been a strange leak for the past month. Smells like gas, but doesn't evaporate and has the consistency of oil, seems to be coming from one of the vent tubes underneath the bike. At first I thought nothing of it, but it has been consistently dumping crap all over my driveway for the last month straight so I figured it'd be a good idea to have it looked over. Dealer quoted me $90, said they can get me in same day.
 

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Going in today for mine. I was going to just do the oil change myself, but there has been a strange leak for the past month. Smells like gas, but doesn't evaporate and has the consistency of oil, seems to be coming from one of the vent tubes underneath the bike. At first I thought nothing of it, but it has been consistently dumping crap all over my driveway for the last month straight so I figured it'd be a good idea to have it looked over. Dealer quoted me $90, said they can get me in same day.
Sounds like oil could be overfilled and the vent is just letting the oil/gas vapor out from the case or something. Let us know wheat they say incase someone else sees something like that!
 
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