this is a major thorn in my side
And something the big manufacters need to sit up and take notice off.
For 20 years+ i have used a local independant "spanner" Man (D&R motorcycles, of Hereford, HIGHLY recommend). Good Bloke, does a top job and doesn't rip you off.
The problem is that with the advent of more and more electronics on motorbikes, the big manufactors are not releasing the software to the indepentant sector , which won't allow them to do the work! This creates a monopoly and allows them to then charge huge prices for servicing!
i Do believe this is illegal, on a moral level if nothing more.but as yet hasn't been challenged. But to my mind a £350 charge for what amounts to little more than an oil and filter charge is obscene( TAKE NOTE BMW , this is why i didn't buy a S1000rr) and with that tied into the Warranty then (take note again BMW) you will lose sales.
I did eventually buy a new Daytona, and as yet haven't tested how Triumph are with their charges, but as soon as the waranty is up, then my Little trumpet will be going back to D&R. i say if you know what you are doing then go for it, but beware of the digital revolution thats happening with bikes at the moment, cause all of this traction this, sky hook that isn't going to be easy to work on.
Someone needs to challenge the manufactors before it gets out of hand, anyone fancy having a go?