Parts and servicing
Intervals start with a 4000 mile tyre-kick and fluid check. 8000 miles sees oil and filter replaced, suspension and steering bearings checked. At 12K you’re supposed to check the air filter (which is nonsense - do it at 8 or 16k when you’re doing other stuff) and replace the brake fluid. Again, most owners will do that as part of a proper service, not on its own. 16k is the big one, with a valve-clearance check (they probably won’t need adjusting the first time, and probably not at 32k either, but still need checking), and after that, the cycle repeats, with the exception of a coolant change at 24k (those in the know say more frequently and flush it well). The RR isn’t too bad to work on there’s a minimum of tricky tech to deal with. But it is all pretty tightly packaged. Spark plugs in particular are a bit of a pain to get to - you have to shift the radiator to get access. Earlier RRS came with a special plug spanner which makes the job easier - try to get hold of one.
New and used parts prices
New service parts aren’t too bad, with an air filter at £35, oil filter £12.58 and brake pads £35.46 a pair. But there’s no shortage of aftermarket bits far cheaper - £16.31, £5.28 and £10.98 for the same items from Wemoto. A chain and sprocket kit is £74.60 and batteries start from £35. Unusually, the aftermarket can also provide high-quality bodywork and other major parts - a genuine radiator is an eyewatering £562 but Wemoto can supply a pattern for just £189, and pattern panels (in plastic rather than fibreglass) start from £16. The situation’s good for used parts too, because so many parts are common across the years. We’ve seen stators for £80 (a new alternator is nearly £900), clocks from £200, starter motors from £50, indicators from £20 and calipers from £100 a pair. Pro Motorcycle Salvage has plenty of CBR bits at the moment: 01538 361717.