The closer I get to our departure date of May 10, the more nervous I'm getting. So much to do. Mostly I'm aprehensive that this brand new bike that I have not taken delivery of, or even started, will be "one of the good ones". What if it's like one of these that we hear about in posts from time to time where the owners say they just do not run right and they can't wait to get rid of, and I have to put up with it for 9000 miles?
Many questions will be answered today, hopefully, as I've been told the bike will be ready for me to pick up at the dealer. It would have been ready last week, but the tech installing my Oxford heated grips accidentally let the glue set on the left grip before it was in the correct position. He cut off that grip and they had to order another set, their expense. It was supposed to come next day, but they screwed that up too, but have now confirmed they arrived today. Which cost me an entire weekend of desperately needed pre-oil change break-in miles.
I would very much appreciate some of this forum's more experienced Strommers to comment on my plans for prepping this brand new DL1000K07 bike:
(1) Throttle body sync performed by dealer prior to my pick up, supposedly (you don't think they'd just "say" they did it, do you?)
(2) Pick up from dealer today (hopefully)
(3) Put 100 miles on the bike today under break-in riding constraints (much varying of RPM's, mostly 3000-5000, occassional runs up to 6000-7000).
(4) Perform first oil change at approx 100 miles (regular motor oil)
(5) Ride to work and back the remainder of this week (approx 200 miles) under same break-in constraints
(6) Perform second oil change at approx 300 miles (regular motor oil)
(7) Ride the crap out of it all weekend without break-in considerations, and on work commute next week (should put me somewhere between 700-1000 miles).
(8 ) Perform third oil change. Not sure here whether to stay with regular motor oil and get an oil change done on the road at around 5000-6000 miles, or go with some type of synthetic and try to make the whole tour without another oil change. Comments?
(9) Leaving on tour Saturday May 10.