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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys! Yesterday I brought home my new 900 Custom. I am quite excited about it! I got it from a lady who changed her mind about riding rather quickly – it is a 2007, she put 600 miles on it in the first season and it was sitting in her garage for 2 years. She lives about 100 miles away so the ride home was a good test how the bike really handles.

I must tell you that I am really impressed! I found the seat quite comfortable – I expected something much worse after reading the different posts on the forum. The bike has plenty of power – a real joy to ride. One of the few issues I was having on the way was to tell what gear I had it in – especially in a denser traffic when I was distracted.

The bike is 100% stock (at the moment…) Still, I will post some pics soon.

The only things that sucks is that it is supposed to get cold in a few days (I am in NY). But I plan on riding for a few more weeks no matter what. I can’t just put in the garage for 6 months a day after I bought it!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 05:58 PM
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Congrats and welcome to the forum. I hope you find some good stuff here as I have.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 08:26 PM
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Congratulations dude!!!
I have a 2007 Classic and love it. Of all the posts on the forum, one that is a must read is the one about the grease fittings on the rear shock rocker arm on the bottom of the bike. If the bike has 600+ miles on it there is still a decent posibility that at least one may be damaged or gone. Also, most folks seem to find that the factory and the dealership both forgot to grease these fittings properly. Hopefully yours are all good. Glad to have another fellow 900 rider out there. Keep the shiny side up!

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Hey Pirate, I just crawled back from underneath the bike and all three fittings are still there (I guess the lady I got the bike from really rode just mostly around the block ). So I guess on Saturday I will head out to Walmart for a grease gun and a tube of grease (does it matter what kind?) and I will also try to get the replacement screws too.

It is just mind boggling that such a reputable bike company can put out an idiotic design detail like this... Would it be that hard to hide each of these fittings in a nook of some kind or place them under an angle from the side, or something trivial like that....??? This looks more like a sabotage in the design lab to me...
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Nothing beats Yamaha's Vstar where you have to remove the exhaust pipe to get to the oil filter each oil change, now how stupid is that! lol
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 02:25 AM
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Hello bass567, welcome to the forum and Congrats on the 900 Custom. Man is this going to be a L..O..N..G winter for you !!! It's bad enough just having one's bike just sitting all alone in the cold, cold garage.....Let alone having a BRAND NEW RIDE sitting there and not being able to ride. I guess you will probably have to sit up a lawn chair out in the garage so you can sit there and admire it. LOL Surely you will get in a few rides before it's too cold and icy. Good Luck and again Welcome.

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Hey Pirate, I just crawled back from underneath the bike and all three fittings are still there (I guess the lady I got the bike from really rode just mostly around the block ). So I guess on Saturday I will head out to Walmart for a grease gun and a tube of grease (does it matter what kind?) and I will also try to get the replacement screws too.

It is just mind boggling that such a reputable bike company can put out an idiotic design detail like this... Would it be that hard to hide each of these fittings in a nook of some kind or place them under an angle from the side, or something trivial like that....??? This looks more like a sabotage in the design lab to me...
When you go to Walmart: 1- Watch out for the speed bumps if you ride the bike. 2- Just get any type of bearing or axle grease. This pivot point has very little rotation and now real heat involved. So just as long as you have some grease in there, you are good. Actually, in your area I would be more worried about the low end temperature of the grease. Not that you will probably be riding in -20F weather. The general consensus is that you need M6-1.0 thread x 10mm long hex head bolts and a simple lock washer. Most folks are just replacing the rear two fittings. I do recommend stainless steel bolts. This was really the hardest thing to find. You may have to buy a 10 pack or something from McMaster Carr. Set screws would probably work too, but I worry about one vibrating all the way in and getting lost.

As for the design engineer who did this, I have a running joke on the forum that I am looking for him. He needs a good beating.

One last thing, if you are at or near 600 miles, do you know if the first oil change service has been done? It is really important to do this service. The main issue is the oil change because a new engine looses a lot of metal during the break-in period. You need to get that out by changing the oil and filter. The rest is just stuff that the service center checks to make sure nothing is loose or leaking on the bike. Just thought I would mention it.

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Thanks Pirate, I will do exactly what you are suggesting. Are such metric screws normally available in hardware stores or do they need to be mail-ordered from some internet specialty outlets?

Do you guys think that people at Kawasaki are aware of how many customers are mad because of this "detail"? Is anyone from the company active on this forum? Wouldn't it be nice to listen to the voice of people who pay for your living??

The original owner gave me a receipt from the 600-mile service. I was shocked by the rate (something like $110/hr.) that the dealer charged -- and it was like 2.5 hrs. I am not sure whether they ripped her off, or whether this is the normal going rate... The total was like $300+ or something like that... Awful. I am not sure (and neither is she) whether they did anything beyond the oil change.....
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