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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 2013, 6:07 pm Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 2013, 6:53 pm
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After all these years....

I have same bike as you 2006 k1200r. I would like to know what was updated exactly?
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 2013, 1:11 am
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isn't bleeding the brakes with ABS a little tricky?

I agree. Great bike. Amazing they are doing updates still after 7 years.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 2013, 3:34 pm
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I have had the brakes flushed at the dealer twice (recommended interval is 2 years) during the extended warranty period which ends in this coming July. I did it myself last summer and yes, it is a bit tricky and requires a special funnel and caliper spacers. Both of which are easily made at home. If I remember correctly, there are 7 bleeders. Not too bad of a job if you don't think about how easy a normal brake flush is.

After 39000 miles and 6 years, I still love mine too. My only gripes have been the price of parts and all my nearby dealerships are horrible.
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