Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Just wanted to get a feeler out there on plugs. Even though I've been riding all winter with this crazy weather, I kinda wanna give my bike a good once-or-twice-over before the weather really warms up. It's an '06 with 13k on it that I bought last September with 8k on it. On my to-do list is to get the brake fluid changed, coolant changed, and at some point this summer the tires are gonna have to go bye-bye and get swapped with some Metzelers.
So here's my question. I lack the tools to do much and currently live in an apartment, leaving me basically zero work space other than a small outdoor parking spot that will probably be swarming with complaining neighbors if I start taking stuff apart. Unless I bum garage space for a couple hours from a friend or something, that's possible, but let's just assume this upcoming valve job at 15k is going to be done at a dealership.
I noticed the recommended interval for changing plugs is 7500 miles. I don't know if it was done at 7500 miles or not, but my guess is not, being that the bike came from southern Florida (according to the title when I got it) and had only 8,000 miles put on it in almost 6 years. It's been my experience that people who ride that little also spend little time working on or maintaining their bikes. Not always, but they sometimes get about as much attention as the lawn mower. So, better safe than sorry, I'm going to assume that's the case here. Should I wait until 15k and just have the dealer do it while they have the tank and everything off anyway? Or should I just do it now. Doesn't seem like a tough job at all it's just going to be a pain to pull the tank and try and work in a parking lot to get these plugs changed out. For the record, it runs like a champ. I never have any backfiring, I'm getting great gas mileage, and it starts idles and runs like it should. Do they begin to run poorly this late without a plug change or is it just a 'preventative maintenance' item?
I've always been on top of maintenance with my cars but I've never had a car where I need to change the plugs every 7,500 miles. Actually, I usually run the Bosch plugs rated for 100k. (Speaking of which, what plug options are there for the Vulcan?)
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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT