Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
I commute on my bike too. DEFINITELY consider adding some storage to your bike if you haven't already. If it's 75 and sunny when you leave the house but 52 and pouring down rain when you head home, that's miserable! I ALWAYS have my rain gear and some 'incidentals' (change of clothes, first aid) in one of my saddlebags at all times. I have two hard bags and a trunk, one saddlebag is dedicated to rain gear, clothes, emergency equipment, tools, etc. The sort of stuff that's really nice to have on you all the time when you ride the bike every day.
As far as service? Kawasaki recommends 7500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. So, per the book, you should be good with once every spring servicing or whatever you'd like to do. I could be absolutely wrong, but, personally, I can't go 12 months without changing my oil. Just doesn't feel right! If I were in your shoes only riding 2,000 miles a year, I'd probably do an oil change every 6 months with a decent oil, MAYBE 12 months if I was running a full synthetic. But, that's just me. As far as Kawasaki is concerned, 12 months or 7,500 miles, whichever comes first. (I ride 20k a year though, so I just change mine every 5k, which is usually just a couple months)
Also, if you're going to be commuting with the bike, you might want to consider learning to change the oil yourself. It's pretty easy on the 900. That'll save you a few bucks and make it a bit more cost effective to commute. (Personally, I don't think you save any money when you figure in the cost of tires and such; but I commute with my bike because I figured it up to pretty much break even, and given the choice I'd ALWAYS rather be on the bike! Plus nothing takes care of a stressful day like getting to take it out on the throttle!)
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
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