Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Stillwater, MN, USA
Thanks for the comments, Vox. Yep, all 108K are mine, and I've been very pleased with the bike's reliability. Previous K100 was 10 yrs old with 56K when I got it. I have the bike at a shop and haven't seen the part that failed. Last time it was the U joint, as I recall. When it fails, it is a distinct feeling, like hitting what we call "rumble strips", accompanied by severe vibration and noise.
The ECU failure basically resulted in 2 cylinders not firing. I limped into a Quebec City suburb and found there were no replacements to be found in Canada. Waited for a used unit from my friendly U.S. mechanic, popped it in and off I went. Biggest problem was recalling the French I learned in high school 40 years ago.
I lack the skills for a complete tear-down, but can do specific tasks as needed. As you say, the U.S. is a big country and so is Canada. I would just prefer to replace parts known to be prone to failure before they fail.