Join Date: May 2006
Location: Newport Beach, CA, USA
After all these years ...
I'm 37 now and I started driving when I was 16. So that's 21 years of driving and riding. In all that time, I have never had the same vehicle for more than 3.5 years. And I've had my share of nice cars (Range Rover, AMG mercs...) Never really liked anything past the 3 year mark.
I've had my K12R (Beatrice) for 7 years now. It was the 5th bike I ever bought and I've bought and sold 4 more while I've owned it. This past week I took her in for some software updates and recall work. They did some crazy software update to ESA, Brakes, and Fuel system, and throttle response. All 4 of those things they claim were updated. While they did this I test drove nearly every bike they had on the lot and got to ride home with a 800GSA for a couple of days as a demo (great bike also).
When I picked up the bike today I fell in love with it all over again. With all the updates its running better than it ever did on day 1, the fuel smell is gone, and the throttle response is surgical. The dealer was nice enough to wash it for me too. It feels so planted on the road and it's the safest feeling thing on 2 wheels I have ever been on. Not to mention with my Leo Vince it sounds absolutely incredible too. I was ready to trade it in because I'm worried the ESA or the ABS will set me back several thousand if either of them give out (10k miles, 7 years on the bike). But after riding it again today with the benefit of having ridden all available options, I think I'm just going to take good care of her and make sure she's maintained really well each year. I have no doubt in my mind that it's the only bike that could keep me in love for all these years.
My big worry is that in all that time I think I have only flushed the brakes 2 times ... Do you guys normally do this job yourself or do you have the dealer do it? And how often? Anything else I should do routinely to make sure it stays awesome? Other than oil changes that is...
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