Is there a "severe" maintenance schedule for a 2012 DL650?
I have ridden a 2012 "glee-strom" since Jan 2012, now on ~32,000 miles (it's been far less ridden in the past 2-3 years as before), with a lot of city commuting time on it (rather than miles ridden).
I recently toyed with the idea of trading this bike in for a Triumph Bonneville T120, but decided against it, because this bike still scratches all my itches.
Still, the Triumph dealer's mechanical evaluation of my bike for trade-in mentioned two wear/tear things they'd have to do off the bat, that I should do myself: I need a new chain/sprockets, and new steering bearings.
I hadn't noticed due to it happening gradually over time, but the steering settles or catches in the forward centered position. This is apparently common for "high mileage street bikes". (The dealer mech immediately commented on how I must do a lot of city riding, "because your gear shift toe's rubber cover is worn down to almost nothing - we see this all the time", LOL)
Similarly for the chain/sprockets. They don't have the classic "shark-toothed" look of worn sprockets; the chain is kind of slack (I was thinking of adjusting it more), but not rusted out or strechy looking.
The chain has been maintained with dry wax chainsaver lube with every fill-up or every other fill-up. But it was (and still is) my first ever bike with a chain, so I don't really have a feel/eye for what it would look like to need replacing. I trust they're right at 7.5 years and 32,000 miles.
So with that feedback, what else should I be thinking of or looking at replacing, to keep my bike in tip-top shape? My maintenance has been mostly twice a year oil/filter changes, and every other year (or three...) on the brake fluid and coolant flush. Brake pads replaced fairly often (due to all the city riding).
Fork oil, I have had changed once.
I've had the headlight bulb go out and replaced, as well.
And, I think that's all that's happened with this bike!
- Spark plugs? I've changed them out once before already as part of some kind of major servicing schedule in the manual that I no longer have. But it was a while ago.
- Fork springs? The bike doesn't feel like it handles poorly, but like the steering bearings, this would be the sort of thing that will degrade incrementally and I won't notice with day to day riding (especially without another bike to compare it to).