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Old 08-30-2013, 02:13 PM   #16
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Sorry about your experience. It does sound like you could overcome some of it.
There are known issues with every machine, some of them cost millions.
Kawasaki, a well respected Japanese manufacturer, didnt care about fixing the $2.5 doohickey for 20 years. Who cares.
The repeated theme of your rant is "$15K". Make your self a nice pile of $15k out of one dollar bills and go ride it. No maintenance necessary




P.S- its good to have Checkracer back
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:44 PM   #17
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Performance requires involvement...

With these LC8 bikes, the more involved the owner is, the better the experience becomes.

Researching the product beforehand goes along way in determining if this experience is right for the individual or not. These bikes are Rally influenced, meant to be stripped of their body wrap and examined regularly for inspection, cleanup and prep.
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:51 PM   #18
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P.S- its good to have Checkracer back

Definitely the best of times boys!
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:55 PM   #19
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If I were you, I'd rethink my preferred method of recreation. If you are unable/unwilling to trouble shoot any problems that arise you have no business taking a bike like this seriously off road to the places where it's the most fun. They're called adventure bikes for a reason. Maybe a Goldwing would suit you better. Good luck with your next bike.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:46 PM   #20
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Understand your position. I've done my share of wrenching on dirt bikes and the "thrill" has faded after 40+ years. Hope my 2011 does not have reliability issues like yours did...so far, so good!

As to those who think you are a whiner for expecting reliability out of a modern motorcycle, I'll bet the bitch would be on if their new Camaro Z28 crapped out on the road!

Good luck with your next bike!
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:49 PM   #21
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After two BMWs I felt the same as you. After putting 14,500 mi on two 525EXC with ZERO problems I sold the last BMW and jumped on a new 2012 990R. If you like a 75% off road big bike than what the hell is left ?
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:59 PM   #22
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I'll bet the bitch would be on if their new Camaro Z28 crapped out on the road!
Actually it's a Prius.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:12 PM   #23
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Actually it's a Prius.

Oops! Sorry!
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:55 AM   #24
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Second issue, Jun 2013 (near 12k miles). Bike just died on me. No sputter, No electrical spaz. Just as if I turned the key off. Dealer said he found a hose/quick-clip fastener disconnected in or near the tank. Not sure exactly and frankly don't care. It was broke and I wanted it fixed. Dealer felt, after he repaired it, that it had to have been poorly connected at the factory (based on how it connected for him, way to joined to rattle lose).
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At 12K I would have thought the fuel tank would have been taken off for an oil change If the dealer did your last service he would be the one to blame
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:13 AM   #25
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Second issue, Jun 2013 (near 12k miles). Bike just died on me. No sputter, No electrical spaz. Just as if I turned the key off. Dealer said he found a hose/quick-clip fastener disconnected in or near the tank. Not sure exactly and frankly don't care. It was broke and I wanted it fixed. Dealer felt, after he repaired it, that it had to have been poorly connected at the factory (based on how it connected for him, way to joined to rattle lose).
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At 12K I would have thought the fuel tank would have been taken off for an oil change If the dealer did your last service he would be the one to blame
You might be on to something because I had the 10k service done just before warranty expired in April. Most comments are accurate that I probably pulled the trigger to quick to end our relationship, but once I lost faith in the reliability and began to alter where and how far I rode from home, the party was over
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:44 AM   #26
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You got pissed over minor things (IMO), now you are just whining. Move on.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:11 AM   #27
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The original poster has a point.

It doesn't matter what reality is. All that matters is that he feels that his bike was not reliable. We've all had that "Feeling." I felt my Wr250r didn't have enough brappp for me. So I got a 990.

My point is, once "it" is in your head, it is time to move on.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:21 AM   #28
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Some folks are happier driving a car...but you have to buy a good one, check out the AutoBlogs to see which ones are Trouble Free...and then you have to pick the Right Color...and make sure the Seats are Comfortable...I hear the ones with Automatic Transmissions are Easier to Drive...whatever you do, do not get an Orange One...

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Old 08-31-2013, 06:22 AM   #29
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:58 AM   #30
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I get it. A guy wants no problems with a NEW 15K bike. But never in my research when buying my 2011 did I feel I was getting a ST1100 (add gas ride -repeat) , I seen that there were potential problems and job one was trying to avoid them, as in side stand relocate & better skid plate. At the same time unlike an old car that just keep tapping your wallet, this is a new bike that very well may not have another issue for many thousands of miles and you gave up on it. again , I do understand the frustration, just dont see the giving up on a bike you say you loved.
We all expect different things and handle situations different I guess- but I sure am interested in hearing what you buy next to replace it.
I take mine into no mans land on a regular basis and I worry more that the operator will disappoint the bike then the bike will disappoint the operator. Let us know what the replacement is; that way we can all make fun of you after your gone (just kidding), you may be back ? .
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