Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
1-Suzuki manual calls for valve adjustment+full tune-up at 14,500 miles
2-he said he takes his bikes in for maintenance, the technician listened to the bike and exhaust and said the valves sound fine, and recommended against paying for the $400 valve adjustment, so the owner said ok
3-bike drives/starts/rides fine, so no indication of bad valves
4-dropped a wrench on gas tank while putting on GPS mount, left a dime size nick in paint
5-driveway drop at 0 MPH, says he forgot to put kickstand down, so the bike full onto the handlebar and the luggage, resulted in no damage to bar, broken left turn signal which has been replaced and about a 1”x1” scuff on the luggage
6-OEM chain and brakes probably need some replacing sometime
2-B. S. That so-called mechanic can't hear a slightly tight valve that will cause a burned valve a coupl'a thousand miles from now. You can do the valve lash measurement yourself with help from us. If there is a need for the adjustment you can do it or get it done only if it needs it. Tune up and other maintenance is easy.
6-20,000 miles or more if adequately lubed.
Nothing to avoid on this bike. If you want all those extras, step up and pay the man. Figure that the used extras are worth half the new price, but...if you want them, get them. Your travel costs don't enter into the seller's idea of the price. I'd wait for an ABS bike, I think it's important, but that's me.... This bike is fully priced, but it seems to be a good one.
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