Parts and ser­vic­ing

RiDE (UK) - - Used Buying Guide -

Ser­vice sched­ule

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.

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