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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2018, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2005 with under 18,000 miles and have had it since October 2015. When my wife surprised me with it, it had about 12,500 on it. I change the oil regularly and shortly after I got it, I had the brake recall done, which I believe they did the brake fluid. My question is - with a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan coming in July, is there any major work that I need to do or be concerned with? Previous owner had replaced tires and I put in new battery.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 07:30 AM
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Coolant should be drained and refilled due to its age, not mileage.
Time to flush out the clutch fluid.
A fresh set of plugs won't hurt if it's been started a lot and short trips.
With the age, you should check the air filter. Had a mouse nest in mine when I bought it with 19k on it.

If you know someone who has a borescope or now day an electronic camera you can remove the left storage pocket on the faring and send the camera down thru the air inlet duct and look at the filter. Takes a few minutes to snake it thru but if its clean you just saved a few hours.
I did this for one of the forum riders at a Meet & Greet and it was DIRTY. Next thing you know a few weeks later I was replacing it.
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Because of the age and low mileage I would make sure the tires are fairly new, not more than 5 years old and good tread. Then I would look at the coolant , clutch fluid, and battery.

If all that is in good shape then enjoy the ride.


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Because of the age and low mileage I would make sure the tires are fairly new, not more than 5 years old and good tread. Then I would look at the coolant , clutch fluid, and battery.

If all that is in good shape then enjoy the ride.
If you are going to the UP you better have good tires. Might want to take some extra shocks as well.

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Fluids is always a good thing to do, and yes the battery and tire check is also up there. Check your fork seals, and not a bad idea to put the bike up on the center stand and check the steering head bearings for any notchy feel, , same with the front wheel bearings.

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If you know someone who has a borescope or now day an electronic camera you can remove the left storage pocket on the faring and send the camera down thru the air inlet duct and look at the filter. Takes a few minutes to snake it thru but if its clean you just saved a few hours.
I did this for one of the forum riders at a Meet & Greet and it was DIRTY. Next thing you know a few weeks later I was replacing it.
OK, NOW you done did it. I heard recently that you could get one of those really cheap now days. It wasn't too bad but my wallet still isn't real happy with you.

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OK, NOW you done did it. I heard recently that you could get one of those really cheap now days. It wasn't too bad but my wallet still isn't real happy with you.
Last year a scan tool company I deal with had a sale on a nice handheld one with a 2 1/2 foot lead wire for $29.00. I bought 6 and now own 0. FRIENDS !!!
I really didn't need any because I have a few for the shop but instead of loaning out my good one I could say, Hey look at this for 30 bucks.

The next Meet and Greet in Pa. at the end of May, I plan on going if the back holds up and will bring one along if anyone wants to take their left pocket off and have a look. Really take 5 minutes.
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Last year a scan tool company I deal with had a sale on a nice handheld one with a 2 1/2 foot lead wire for $29.00. I bought 6 and now own 0. FRIENDS !!!
I really didn't need any because I have a few for the shop but instead of loaning out my good one I could say, Hey look at this for 30 bucks.

The next Meet and Greet in Pa. at the end of May, I plan on going if the back holds up and will bring one along if anyone wants to take their left pocket off and have a look. Really take 5 minutes.
Sounds like a guy that owns a garage, trying to get into someone's left pocket!

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