dual sport reliability
Posted November 08, 2004 - 05:01 PM
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Posted November 09, 2004 - 10:20 AM
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Posted November 09, 2004 - 05:09 PM
Most of my problems have been due to faulty maintenance. I trusted the dealership to do the work on my bike at first-big mistake. They left a part floating around in the engine that caused the whole motor to lunch itself when it was about 3 months old. Needless to say, I do my own work now. (The dealership did own up and bought about $1300 worth of parts for me.)
There have been a few reliability issues. The first was fifth gear going out on me about 2-1/2 years ago. The exact same thing eventually happened to my friend's bike at about the same mileage. Fifth gear's dogs wore down and the slot on third gear ramped so they wouldn't stay in fifth gear. Luckily, that costs less than a couple hundred bucks in parts and I did the work myself.
The carb slider has cracked two times. That was a real pain because you don't know what's happening at first and it's expensive relative to the small part I had to buy to replace the slider. But I think that's not a problem with the newer models.
About a year ago, the cam chain had stretched to the point that it jumped a tooth. I got a new cam chain and everything was good to go again. I should have changed it when I noticed it was pretty slack at the valve adjustment. I thought to myself "that chain looks a bit loose. Oh well, it will be fine.) Again, faulty maintenance did me in. Lesson learned: if the cam chain seems loose, get a new one. They are cheap.
Just recently I had to hone the cylinder and put some new rings in it.
Considering the amount of miles I have on the bike plus the serious abuse I give it, besides normal oil changes, clutch rings, valve adjustment, and the occasional seal or gasket going bad, the bike really has been a rock.