Bliz, I understand that a svc bulletin does not REQUIRE a dealer to fix anything. However, in my understanding, what it is is a statement by the manufacturer that there is a problem and, usually, that there is a fix for it. If my dealer has not heard of the clutch basket problem (he hasn't, it's a small town and he's sold a total of 1 vstrom in 3 model years), then a SB would be very helpful for both of us. That way I don't have to go in and say to him, "I read it on the internet..." in which case his ears quit working right after the word internet leaves my mouth. Know what I mean?
I know some dealers are better than others. Mine sells a lot of atvs and dirt bikes, we live in the boonies. He'll work with me and he's cordial, but he doesn not have as extensive a knowledge on road bikes as he does on quads and dirt bikes. My fault for living in the boonies, right? I love it here, though!