View Full Version : Maintenece costs

09-18-2013, 12:46 AM
Any body here got costs for their dealer to carry out maintenance yet? Checked my dealer and cant understand how they get the cost for the 24,000 service as the only difference compared to the 12,000 service on the Aprilia schedule seems to be changing the front fork oil.
Figures given (including materials) are:
1st service - 125 (I was charged for this service for the previous 2 Aprilias I have owned)
6000 mile service 200 (Seems a bit over the top as it only involves a few minor checks and no parts)
12000 mile service 550 (this service includes a valve check and form experience with my 750 Dorsoduro this can take hours).
18000 mile service 200 (see 6000 mile service)
24000 mile service 800 (same work but additional task of changing front fork oil, 250 seems to be a bit over the top for this to me)

Comments appreciated

Keith C

ps forgot to mention. I was told the 6000 miles service time given by Aprilia is 2 hours.

09-18-2013, 06:57 AM
Keith I have agreed with my dealer that I don't have to take it in for the 6000 mile service, only every 12,000 miles. The 6000 mile is check air filter & chain & check-over which I do every week anyway, so I'm not paying them money to do that. I had the little spanner light up at about 6600 miles so I took it in and they reset it for me, & checked for any messages in the ECU all OK so off I went (no charge).
I also did an extra oil change at 6000 myself as it's only about 40 for the oil. Incidentally the oil used (Mobil 1) may not be the cheapest but is very good quality. I used to do this on my Pan European where I changed the oil every 4000 miles, but using Halfords Fully Synthetic motorbike oil. That felt significantly thinner, and you could actually hear the difference after a change. But with Mobil 1 on the Aprilia at 6000 miles it still felt as good as new. So I think the extra change at 6000 may not be worth it after all.

09-18-2013, 08:41 AM
Is Mobil One good for wet clutches?

09-18-2013, 09:34 AM

Tried this with the dealer I am buying the bike from, but to keep the lifetime warrentee they give on new bikes you have to get all of the scheduled servicing done by them. Fair enouugh I suppose. I will however insist that they carry out the 6000 mile service in accordence with Aprilia's recomendations and then carry out and possibly carry out an addiitonal oil and filter change myself.
I wil keep all here informed of what happens over the next few months, as i think we all should. Sevicing these bikes is expensive as I have found out over the last few years on my Dorsoduro 750. But its been worth it as even now after 4 years the 750 stil brings a smile to my face. I am lookinng forward to a performance comaprison as well. After riding both I dont think the 750 is much slower then the 1200 Cap

Keith C

09-18-2013, 12:32 PM
There are two type of Mobil 1, one for cars and one for bikes. Car oil should not be used in a bike as it is not designed withstand the sheer forces in the gearbox.

09-18-2013, 12:41 PM
Here is the maintenance table from the Service Manual:





















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When the dealer checked his computer the 3,107 service wasn't listed!!! So I didn't have it done. I'll change the oil at 6,000 miles

09-18-2013, 02:01 PM

I questioned this as well as I was adamant that I was not going to waste time & money on an inspection. After consulting with Aprilia I was told they were going to drop the 5000km ones which were just check & oil a few bits - this maybe why it is not listed.

Any synthetic must always be specific Motorcycle oil. Car synthetic has things that will bugger up a motorcycle clutch. The exact spec is in the manual, I used this..232099
You can get it via eBay for about 40 with free shipping

09-18-2013, 03:29 PM
As we know, they also dropped the valve check at 5,000Km

09-19-2013, 04:04 AM
OOk looked at the schedule and its in mutliples of 6000 miles with the 6 and18,000 mile services including a few inspections only. And having worked on my Dorsoduro I can see that this will take 2 hours.
I will instruct the dealer to stick religiously to the Aprilia schedule on each service. Lets see what they do for 200 and how they can justify this charge if they only cover the bits on the list. I carry out most of the maintenence on my Dorsoduro and teh 6000 miles service takes me around 1 hour, so a dealer should do this a lot quicker than me. Might even do an extra 6000 mile service on the caponord to see how long it should really take.

Keith C