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02-08-2018 07:56 PM
scout
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Originally Posted by White Fang View Post
I still have two years left on my bike but less than 11,000 miles on bike so far.

Bike will be worth very little after five years but plan on keeping it anyway. Doubt I will ever buy another super at my age, the Gen 4 will suffice.
All good at this point; not sure at what point you entered the history line; bike was returned; did 1200 miles and noticed oil leak when under power. Bike went back to dealer for a week or so; found a faulty clutch oil seal. Replaced under warranty. All good so far

Bike now has over 73,000 miles;

And, appears that the second cam chain is beginning to fail; Cam chain in g4 is rated at 35k miles and this current one was replaced about 41,000 miles so about due, I guess.

Doesn't sound as bad as the first cam chain failure, which is good.

This bike's warranty goes through September 2019; the 2013 bought new in Sept. 2014 with extended
five year warranty.

Yes, bike is worth about 2k at this point however the warranty adds value, which I appreciate; yes, patience is np for me, after about two weeks of no riding; and I'm not used to any dealer warranty work, but my super bikes get into tricky-tight situations, so I do NOT pressure service admin about anything about an asphalt liter bike;

After first few 200 mile loops, I noticed my neck was weak from the wind after 8 months off. That was about all I noticed; and neck recovered quickly.

Trust all is well on down your way.
02-07-2018 07:40 PM
White Fang I still have two years left on my bike but less than 11,000 miles on bike so far.

Bike will be worth very little after five years but plan on keeping it anyway. Doubt I will ever buy another super at my age, the Gen 4 will suffice.
02-07-2018 07:36 PM
White Fang Are you serious? You still don't have your bike back after all this time? Wow, you are patient. I did have to wait for a seal for a couple of weeks when my frame was replaced, back-ordered.
10-21-2017 09:11 PM
scout
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Originally Posted by bun1t View Post
No. Kawasaki sucks for engine parts. I waited about 5-6 months for a Gen 5 rod. It was listed as back ordered with no expected release date. Even now the rods are listed as limited quantity, lol
I suspect my dealer having some of this problem plus more as Corp wants photos of each ruined part sent first, if I recall. Then when part approved, they have to place a machinist order; and those guys are trying to build up Nippon's Navy or whatever.
10-20-2017 11:11 AM
bun1t
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Originally Posted by blink. View Post
I'm betting it's more the techs/dealership then kawi holding his bike up. The lead tech(s) will take in all the easy money jobs before working on a most likely low paying warranty claim. Of course the tech(s) will blame it on waiting for parts or say the corporation is holding them up, but being inside the industry before I found that to be mostly lies and ways to draw out the process.
No. Kawasaki sucks for engine parts. I waited about 5-6 months for a Gen 5 rod. It was listed as back ordered with no expected release date. Even now the rods are listed as limited quantity, lol
10-19-2017 06:29 PM
scout
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Originally Posted by blink. View Post
I'm betting it's more the techs/dealership then kawi holding his bike up. The lead tech(s) will take in all the easy money jobs before working on a most likely low paying warranty claim. Of course the tech(s) will blame it on waiting for parts or say the corporation is holding them up, but being inside the industry before I found that to be mostly lies and ways to draw out the process.
thx for insight. idk anything about this dealer except that from one warranty experience combined with a radiator replacement; all went well with the tech guys. The bike did miss slightly at lower end but possible it was our CA fuel which caused both by fords to run like crap ('13 g4 was fine after 4000 rpm). My solution was to run 43 on the back keeping the oem 17.

Shop is huge, service bay is super clean, techs look motivated, sales has a large selection, parts look great; I'm happy that they're here, but have to get used to Hawaii time (HA natives take all day to do one thing, bless them!)
10-16-2017 09:10 PM
turtle1000 A guy floated a valve on his g5 and it took 3.5 months to finish warranty work.
10-16-2017 07:17 PM
scout
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Originally Posted by rcannon View Post
Wow..thats nuts, and pretty poor service from Kawasaki, themselves. I know its not the dealers fault. Im with you, too , in not going after the shop.

I know you are that 1 in a million case, with regards to mileage, but I'll imagine they were happy to take your money when you bought the warranty?
Right after the 2011 blew up (that g4 blew at 50,000 miles no extended warranty) we had to take a few months to move about 100 miles. When settled in new place, first thing I did was call this shop for a new g4. No return call. So I just called one of the shops in SF area and they delivered the '13 AND delivered the blown '11 at yet another shop.

I knew that my new dealer, near Laguna, interestingly, was kinda slow.

And I bought the extended from here; Contact - D & H CYCLE

So didn't buy the bike or warranty from this dealer BUT this dealer did do warranty work on the cam last year so the shop has had the bike twice now.

Slight topic change, but before I forget to report this observation, based upon two blown g4's, both bikes went through about a 4 to 6 week period, right before failure, of pure, sweet, powerful, smoothness. Indeed, about one week before the '13 failure, I thought at least twice during the loop that the bike was in 'that dreaded smooth but beautiful-zen mode and hope it doesn't blow up.'

Something sweet comes together on the g4 right before failure...bitter-sweet, g4 style.
10-16-2017 03:49 PM
blink.
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Originally Posted by rcannon View Post
Wow..thats nuts, and pretty poor service from Kawasaki, themselves. I know its not the dealers fault. Im with you, too , in not going after the shop.

I know you are that 1 in a million case, with regards to mileage, but I'll imagine they were happy to take your money when you bought the warranty?
I'm betting it's more the techs/dealership then kawi holding his bike up. The lead tech(s) will take in all the easy money jobs before working on a most likely low paying warranty claim. Of course the tech(s) will blame it on waiting for parts or say the corporation is holding them up, but being inside the industry before I found that to be mostly lies and ways to draw out the process.
10-16-2017 08:33 AM
rcannon Wow..thats nuts, and pretty poor service from Kawasaki, themselves. I know its not the dealers fault. Im with you, too , in not going after the shop.

I know you are that 1 in a million case, with regards to mileage, but I'll imagine they were happy to take your money when you bought the warranty?
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