I've just joined the forum and put a post in the new members thread.
I currently ride a 2009 Triumph Rocket III (standard) with a few go-faster goodies: RamAir fiter, D&D pipes (cat box removed), Dobeck AFR+ fuel controller with custom map, Progressive springs in the front and Hagon Nitros at the rear. She's been a good girl and has 75,000 miles on the clock. I've been lurking on this forum for the last 3 years or so as I knew that the FJR would very likely be my next bike.
My riding is typically 75% countryside and 25% city. Rides are rarely less than 80 miles and from time to time I'll do 600 - 700 mile days.
Later this week I'm going to try and seal a deal on a new 2018 FJR1300ES from my local dealer. I'll add that I trust this dealer and have been working with them on and off since I bought a Valkyrie from them in 2001. Generally I like to do my own wrenching (given the time) and will order a factory service manual.
I hope you can help with a few questions that I have cropped up in my little brain after reading posts on this site:
1. I've read that the head bearings should be re-torqued at the 600 mile service, but in the maintenance section of the owner's manual it says just to check them by grabbing the forks. Does anyone have documentation stating that the re-torquing should be done at the first service? I want to be sure of my position when I'm negotiating price as I'd likely have the dealer do that type of work on a brand new bike.
2. I've searched online for the official bike prep' document that the dealer is supposed to use when assembling the bike out of the crate but haven't found it. Does anyone here have a copy? I've read about Loctiting the lock/latch screws on the panniers and I'll make sure the dealer has done that. What other items should I look out for?
3. I've never owned a vehicle with a matte paint finish before but I do know that regular gloss cleaners/polishes aren't suitable. Can anyone point me to a product that works well on a matte finish?
4. Here in the US the bike comes with a 12 month warranty (which I think is a bit stingey of Yamaha
). I may purchase an extended warranty and the dealership is pushing me towards a plan that they sell from a 3rd party. It's more expensive than YES at around $900 for an extra 5 years but it does cover several items that apparently aren't covered by YES, such as fork seals. As a rule I'm not a big believer in paying out for extended warranties but due to the nature of my job (constantly away from home) I don't get much spare time to work on things about the house/garage, so dismantling the front end for example would have me off the bike for at least 3 weeks. Does anyone have experience or recommendations for or against YES vs. a 3rd party extended warranty plan?