Questions for clarification:
1. Do all 1000s come with the idle set low?
2. Clutch chudder, I don't think I like it but, what is it and is it fixable?
3. Does the timing retarder eliminator permanently solve the 1st thru 4th gears low end problems?
Comment: Over the past 40 years, give or take a few years, I've owned 3 Kawasakis and 4 HDs .. I really haven't had any issues other than the vibration on the old hard mounted Sportsters did wear on the throttle hand after 5 or 6 hours.
The best I can tell, in general, the idle is set a little low. However (in general) the Vee is set too lean from the factory in order to meet stringent EPA regulations which causes problems (like stalling) that increasing the idle will help eliminate. It can be fixed with a Yosh Box or PC-V fuel controller.
Clutch chudder is a resonating vibration emitted from the clutch basket. It is fixable but is not terminal or will leave you stranded.
Although I have Ivan's TRE I can't say it will permanently fix the 1st -4th problem. That is a gearing and fueling issue as far as I know. Maybe help.
These issues with the Vee are relatively simple as an experienced rider, and the fact that I (sort of) expect to deal with different issues with most bikes out there today although a little frustrating but not a deal breaker.
Read my sig to see what I have done to mine and as a note it ain't nothing compared to the list of farkles that I have done to my last bike.
My Vee runs great like it is supposed to however I still plan to get it Dyno tuned At Lee's Performance in Charlotte in the near future.
2012 DL1000 Adventure (Tinkerbell)
PC-V, TRE, CR8EIX , ECM, K&N, RDL, PR4, PC-8, EB H4, WERKS, Madstad 22", 17/43 gearing, AdventureTech: Fork brace, shelf, mirror extenders, SpeedoDRD, wheel spacer, Head's-Up voltage monitor, Goldwing pegs, Sonic 1.1. Wolo Bad Boy.
Last edited by hunt1moore; 11-12-2012 at 02:45 PM.