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New to here...not to Majesty's.

Postby JWDINKC » Tue Apr 24, 2012 13:41 13

I started riding in '04. I'm on my second Majesty. A 2010. I love it but Majesty and the likes aren't quite scooters in my book. I say any scooter above 300cc's is really a scootercycle. I ride all year round so long as the streets are clear. Snow removal here in Kansas City, MO is pretty good. I've been able to ride on clear streets while yards all have a few inches of snow on them. Well, not this year. In the city I get 40 to 60 MPG's depending on a lot of factors but most of which is how close I am to tune-up time. I've only been on one long highway ride. It was after picking the scootercycle up from a tune-up. I got near 75 MPG's! Seems like the fuel economy can drastically change.

Anyway, I came here because I'm curious about a few things and wanted to talk to knowledgeable people. Twice now after a tune-up I've had to take the bike back to get new brake pads and to have my parking brake attached. Actually, the first time I didn't think the brakes felt right but the dealership gives you this nice check list of all the things they did in the maintainence and inspecting my brakes was checked. Needless to say, I drove longer on the brakes than I should have and the dealership had to replace my brakes, not just the pads. They blamed debris getting stuck in the caliper and I believed them until my next tune-up. The second time I ignored the dealer's checklest and took the bike back the same week I got it "tuned-up". Once again after replacing the pads they didn't re-attach my parking brake. I let the shop know my frustration and all they did was sell me some ride pants at employee cost. I feel like they've made me spend a lot of time getting something done that should have been done the first time. They should have comped me some labor in my book. I'm conflicted because engine-wise it runs like the devil after a tune-up. I just hate having to second-guess if everything was done and or re-attached. There are only two yamaha certified shops in my area and the other one is even further than the first one. Should I bite the extra miles and not give my shop the chance to overlook something a third time?

Also, does maintainence cost at least $300.00 to $500.00 every 4000 miles for everyone else? For me thats $$$ every six to nine months...
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Re: New to here...not to Majesty's.

Postby 63w » Tue May 01, 2012 16:41 16

Many of us here do our own work (to various degrees). I don't know if $300 is high but five bills sounds a bit out there.
I know the 3 air filters together list for around $95 so I investigated other sources and found all three for less than $50, delivered.

My "factory" shop manual paid for itself the first time I used it - I got it used off of eBay for less than $40 delivered.

Oil changes are fairly easy and the filter is no trick. There is an access pannel for the spark plug.

Are you at all mechanically inclined?

Are you stuck on Yamaha Dealers with the certified wrenches they employ? Other shops may be able to perform routine maintenance at a $$$ savings. A suggested maintenance guide can be found in the rear of the owners manual.

Good Luck in whichever path you choose.

Michael :)
- 2008 Yamaha Majesty (red)
- 2003 Honda Reflex (yellow)
- 2009 Yamaha Royal Star Venture
- 2012 Star Raider SCL (orange)
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Re: New to here...not to Majesty's.

Postby JWDINKC » Fri May 11, 2012 11:56 11

63w wrote:Many of us here do our own work (to various degrees). I don't know if $300 is high but five bills sounds a bit out there.
I know the 3 air filters together list for around $95 so I investigated other sources and found all three for less than $50, delivered.

My "factory" shop manual paid for itself the first time I used it - I got it used off of eBay for less than $40 delivered.

Oil changes are fairly easy and the filter is no trick. There is an access pannel for the spark plug.

Are you at all mechanically inclined?

Are you stuck on Yamaha Dealers with the certified wrenches they employ? Other shops may be able to perform routine maintenance at a $$$ savings. A suggested maintenance guide can be found in the rear of the owners manual.

Good Luck in whichever path you choose.

Michael :)


Since my first post I gave the shop a third try. 24,000 mi tune up. Cost: $400.00. Still had to drive back after the tune-up. They managed to attach my parking brake this time. And I believe the brake pads are good. They just forgot to put the rubber "flap" in right. The one that meanders between the V-belt cover and air-filter cover on the left side of the bike. I'm done with them. What have they missed that I don't catch? That's a question I shouldn't need to ask.

Yeah, I'm going to be making my own air-filters out of the frames of the old ones. Changing my own oil couldn't hurt either. But when it comes to V-belt maintanence and CVT work and such... I haven't a clue.
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Re: New to here...not to Majesty's.

Postby CS_Shofar » Tue Jan 09, 2018 0:55 00

I am new to the website as well, and am eager expErie need rider.

I just moved to the KC area...Overland Park. Definitely want to compare notes on the local service shops (off-line) you have experienced, and see if you know about group rides in the KC area.
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