About done with Kawasaki
Some of you may be aware of the ordeal I had over the last year getting the bike rebuilt after hitting a deer in April of 2015. The process was long and frustrating due to poor communication and Kawasaki's endless list of back ordered parts... Well a couple months ago, we finally got the last pieces of the bike changed and it finally came back home again, this time, it was done right.
In the mean time I hadn't spent any additional money on the bike because I wasn't sure it'd ever be right, so I waited. Once I got it back and I was comfortable I started doing some of the upgrades I had wanted to do and liked many of them...
All the while this debacle was going on my warranty was about to expire and I was sent the extended warranty offer but sadly didn't take advantage of it because I really had no confidence the bike would be done right and I would keep it. Well, on 5/20/16 my warranty expired and along with it went the extended warranty option.
The bike was finally done in July and I thought everything was great, better than new really. So I thought.
This past weekend was my annual ride weekend with a couple buddies. We were meeting at a cabin about 275 miles from here so I decided to ride there instead of trailering. Again, the bike rode great and had zero issues getting there...
Once we got to the cabin we chilled for an hour or so and started off on our first ride of the weekend. Less than 4 miles into the ride, not one but BOTH rear shocks blew out... Oil was everywhere and my bike was like a damned pogo stick. After examining the issue, I limped the bike back to the cabin and parked it.
Not long ago I put progressive 430's on the rear but wasn't too thrilled with them and put the stock air shocks back on but still had the 430's. So my buddies and I road tripped it back home to grab my progressives and my motorcycle lift and headed back to the cabin. Meanwhile we lost a great day to ride but I felt fortunate I had other shocks, was close enough to home to get them and had friends willing to go along.
Start Friday am with a quick replacement of the rear shocks and off we went riding. We only got about 300 miles in and 2 states due to the late start but the bike did great despite still not being in love with the progressives.
Most of Saturday was a bust due to rain but we did manage to get 80 miles or so in that evening and again the bike did great.
Sunday morning we were going to head out for a short ride before heading home but one buddies bike wouldn't start so we decided to pack up and head home.
Despite getting caught in a little rain here and there I made it to Nashville with no issues. I needed to stop for gas before home and when I went to leave again this is where the issues really began...
The shocks were ok and doing their job however when I turned the key and hit the starter I heard a few clicks and my whole bike went black. No electricity AT ALL!
Fortunately I saw a roadside incident assistant at the gas station and he got the bike jumped and off I went. Again the bike did great the rest of the way home. As I pulled into the drive and hit the kill switch, again my bike had no electricity, NONE!
Not once has my bike showed any issue with the charging system or the battery but all of the sudden something is dead and I'm fearful it's the stator...
Here I am, 3 months out of warranty, no extended warranty and really I only had 2 years of riding under warranty, due to the issues with Kawasaki and getting parts, and my bike has fallen apart in one weekend.
I'm so frustrated right now I want to shoot my bike. I should have let them total it in the first place.
"ONYX" - 2011 Black Vaquero
Windvest Recurve Windshield | KQR Passenger Backrest | Grasshopper Backrest | Passenger Floorboards | Progressive 430 Shocks | Scala Rider Teamset Pro | Kawasaki XM Radio | Racin' Ray's Throttle Mod | Avon Grips | Ivan's ECU Flash | Shaved Seat with Gel Insert | Wrapped Exhaust | Door Pocket Key Knobs | Vance and Hines Slash Cut Exhaust | Under Bag Brake Lights