Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Forrestfield, Western Australia, Australia
I was hoping you weren't going to say the dreaded EWS word. It's the last thing we need in WA with our enormous distances and one dealer (I think). I thought it was fixed on the new bikes and only a problem on the older ones which the dealers fixed.
What happened to the Road Side Assistance plan? I didn't think it only applied in the metro area and they would have delivered your bike to Perth and back for you free of charge I hope. Even if you wanted to come to Perth I would have contacted them, just to test what they would do if you have a break down 600km from Perth or on the Nullabor.
Maybe we all need an under seat switch installed to enable us to bypass the transponder in an emergency. What happens in a couple of years time at higher mileages and when there is no warranty or anything? This is especially a problem in the US and Australia because of the distances and remoteness of many areas. I wonder what our heat and sun will do to it in the long term?
I had my ABS light come on on the way to work a couple of months ago. I turned the engine off at a traffic light stop and it went away when I turned it back on. Nothing since though.
As far as the transmission goes, it is certainly a course, noisy and clunky effort. My GTR 1000 with over 250,000km was far better, even better than the ST1300. I can now change up without a clunk most of the time but nothing prevents the clunk when changing down. Apart from the clunks and rattling, grating sound it makes, it changes gears OK and I find the ratios perfect.
2007 K1200GT Graphite
Ex 1986 Kawasaki GTR1000