Originally Posted by gsstampeder
now if you can just get the reliability issues straightened out you'll be good to go.....
Yeah I've been reading comments on fuel pumps failing, mostly from American sold bikes? In NZ & Australia the problem seems less apparant. Theres a chap on the 690 rally thread who thought his pump had failed only to discover it was dirt clogged up in an injector or filter (Something like that).
The problem is not helped by the poorly designed rear petrol cap which encourages dust and mud to get into the fuel tank. There is an after market "necked" filler cap available which is more inline with the traditional front filler cap....but at a cost. Still maybe worth the investment in the long run.
My bike has done 7500klms with zero problems of any kind....but I don't do any hardcore riding on it...just gravel, sand and the odd fire break.