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15K Service - In km or miles? What to expect? ('15 636)

Hello, I know there are threads in regards to this but my 2015 636 has officially touched 15,000 km, am i looking to do the 15k service when its 15k km or 15k miles (15k miles = 24,xxx km).

What am I to expect in during this service?
What should it cost me?
What are things i should look out for to indicate it is indeed time to do the service?

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Brother that is a loaded question..

Depends IMO on two things. How have your ridden, taken care of the bike up to now.
Second, and most importantly what ACTUAL service do they do and how good are there tech's.

Too many times, some shady service departments SAY they did the service and don't.
So there times are real good, problem of course your NOT getting what you paid for.
I've known of others to do service that wasn't needed at such low miles.
Lastly if there experienced and do the entire list and there hourly rate matters.

Seems Kawasaki doesn't put the fork oil on the 2 year or miles list. (might have missed it)
The lowest price I've heard was $500, most was $1400.
If your valves need to be shimmed, parts cost me $300. AND a lot of time, but it was my first stab at it.

Doing your own fluid changes, helps. Give them the receipts and say you don't want THIS done.
Oil, brake fluid, coolant. DIY and save.

Trailering the bike over? Pull the plastics off. Save and bag the screws.
Will save on plastics and paying them to take them off and on. That is at least an hours work.
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Getting the fluids flushed and replaced isn't gonna brake the bank, but it could get pricey if they check the valves. I would say unless you notice anything in particular like the bike isn't running as well or the engine is getting louder or something, just wait on the valve check/adjustment. It also comes down to how hard your'e riding the bike too. I just had the valves checked on my '03 at 30,000km last season and they were all still within spec.
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I ride my bike pretty hard, but i also take care of it. Just a couple nights ago, i flushed the brake fluid and replaced it with new brake fluid (lotta air bubbles in the rear brake, some in the front). I am doing the Oil sometime this week, Thinking about doing a complete engine flush first.

After looking at the Valve adjustment in the maintenance chart, i guess ill be getting that checked at 24,000km.

The Dealership in my area has very honest mechanics, so im not to worry about getting skimmed.

I do think my fork oil needs changing tho, i feel like the suspension is getting softer...

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Definitely get your valves checked. While they're at it, have them do spark plugs, coolant, and air filter since its basically on the way to checking the valves.

2 years is a good rate to get your forks done and if you're aggressive, even yearly is a good rate.

I would shop around for a mechanic. You're definitely going to get robbed at the dealership. You're probably looking at well over $600 at a dealer, where a mechanic may charge you only $400 for stuff like that. Like the dealer may bill you separately for the labor for the plugs/coolant/air filter. Where a mechanic, since he's saving time by doing them all at once, will give you a break in labor.
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Definitely get your valves checked. While they're at it, have them do spark plugs, coolant, and air filter since its basically on the way to checking the valves.

2 years is a good rate to get your forks done and if you're aggressive, even yearly is a good rate.

I would shop around for a mechanic. You're definitely going to get robbed at the dealership. You're probably looking at well over $600 at a dealer, where a mechanic may charge you only $400 for stuff like that. Like the dealer may bill you separately for the labor for the plugs/coolant/air filter. Where a mechanic, since he's saving time by doing them all at once, will give you a break in labor.
Some dealers will cut you some slack. If there pulling the radiator to check the valves, only charge for coolant, same with plugs and air cleaner.. Others like you said will charge what the chart says not taking into account there already there.

Just about every one of my valves needed to be adjusted at 21k miles.
Since it seems your handy. Pull the cover and check the valves yourself.
Then you have a base to KNOW if your going to pay for the shim's.
Also if there all in spec and they say they need to be adjusted it's time to look for another service center.
I did not have a local mechanic do my valves.. Why, he wanted $400.
Knowing what the parts was going to cost. There was no way he could use OEM parts or do it properly for that.
If I charged it would have been $600, 300 parts 300 time.
The fluids etc would be parts cost only.

OH, while there do the plugs.
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