Well, I'll try and answer all your questions as soon as I can. But first off, you guys need to know that this is a commuter bike, so I am not hitting winding roads as much as I would like to. Not a lot of "hard on the gas and hard on the brakes" type riding. I try and go up to Big Bear and Arrowhead a couple times a year, especially in the summer. Probably 85% of those 90K miles are commuting. I get on the bike at 4:30am, go 2 miles to the freeway, hit 6th gear and go about 30 miles at 80-85 mph, slow down for a little traffic, maybe a couple miles of lane splitting, then go about 40 more miles at 80-85mph. Get off the freeway, go a couple miles to work. The afternoons are about the same, but a bit more traffic, so more shifting and lane splitting. Its 75 miles one way. So all that being said, my butt doesn't hurt. BUT, in the afternoons when it gets hot, my rocks are dying by the time I get home. I know, TMI...
A couple other items, it has V&H Brawlers (love those, need to get those for my 16). A K & N cleanable air filter. I also went with a 39 tooth rear sprocket that drops my RPM's down about 500 when cruising, compared to stock. That sprocket change also fixed the speedo from being off by about 5mph. It's now spot on, or really close. So for maintenance; I have never had the valves checked. I know, bad me. I figured I would get them checked/adjusted when I had the clutch replaced. Problem is, I am still on the original clutch. I have had lots of bikes over the years, mostly dirt bikes. So I have had my share of component failures over the years, including replacing clutches. I’m just not there yet on this bike. When the clutch starts to slip, I plan on taking it to the dealer and watch them wonder why I want to put any money into this bike. Ha Ha
I did the break-in by the book. I have done all the oil changes, about every 5000 miles. Using Maxima 10-40 dino oil, only because that's what the service manager said to use. Changed the radiator fluid a couple times, keep the air filter clean, change the chain and sprockets about every20,000 miles. Changed the brake fluids, etc. etc. I have had a couple issues; the rear brake pedal began to get stiff, or hard to press down on. So finally I pulled the brake pedal assembly off the bike. When I went to remove the bolt that holds the pedal on the bracket, the bolt head snapped off. Turns out Kawasaki puts that super colossal red Loctite crap on that bolt. I brought the bracket to work hoping one of my guys could drill and easy-out the bolt, but he snapped off the easy out. So I took my trusty Dremel and using the metal removing tool, I got everything out. Ran a tap in the threads just to make sure. The pedal was stiff because the original grease on the shaft was gone, and water had started to rust out the shaft the pedal rides on. Greased it up, used some blue Loctite and a new lockwasher, and it works great now. You guys that ride a lot in the rain (like me) should check that shaft sooner rather than later ( I need to listen to my own advice sometimes). The other issue is the side stand starts to wear out, and it gets real sloppy. Be careful if yours is doing this. The bracket and the stand piece will both get oblong holes. Then the spring loses its tension. One day the spring fell off when I put the stand up, luckily in my garage. So I cleaned everything off and tried to bend the spring a little so it would stay tight. But a few days ago, the damn spring fell off as I was down shifting, coming up on freeway traffic. The stand went down, and the bike died. I was stuck next to the center divider on the f-ing 91 freeway, 5:00am and dark outside. Luckily I had some Velcro straps in my back pack, so I was able to lean the bike against me, and strap up the stand. The dealer wants $160.00 (I think) just for the stand assembly parts. I found several used ones on E-bay, bought one with the switch (even though I don’t need the switch) for $18.00 delivered. Works just fine.
And to Mark59, no ABS on my 13.
I hope that answers everybody, sorry for the novel!!!
If you want to know more, just ask. I’ll get to you as soon as I can.
My plan is to get to 100,000 miles on this bike. And then start the process all over again on my 16. I have four years to go before I can retire, so I may need to buy a 2019, or 20 in a few years. Then again, I may just keep riding the 13 until it grenades on me….just kidding.
I’ll keep you all posted…….
Last edited by Pete; 01-24-2018 at 11:20 PM.
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