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post #21 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 05:28 PM
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Hmmm.... so it not just me! I picked up a new LT on Friday and the fuel pump packed in at 12 miles, the left mirror started flapping in the breeze at 13 miles, and a hundred miles later the handlebars seemed a bit loose.... indeed they were! Two of the bolts had not been tightened up fully allowing the bar to wobble about in the clamp. Screen screws were all loose, battery positive bolt was cross threaded (and still is) and the sidestand will not retract on its own!

I do not think the dealer has done a good job of checking things out so I am just going out to check the calipers!
Check everything you can. In my case, it's the opposite way around. It looks like EVERY fastener on my 2015 Versys has been over-tightened! I'm sure that they have used an impact wrench on most of these.

Good luck!

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
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post #22 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 05:30 PM
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Yup, that's a wake up call...

I was out riding my new kawi versys 650lt. It only has a bit over 600 miles on it. I got about a mile from the house, hit a bump and heard a weird double klunk from the front end. I'm trying to listen if something's loose in the fairing, hit some more little bumps and I can hear a light rattle. HMM. I stab the front brakes a couple times and the klunk is definitely in the front end. I decide I better pull over and see what's up... when I grab front brakes to slow down there was non. Zero, zip, gone. Fortunately there was no traffic, I rolled up the road til I could pull off using the rear brake.

Interesting. the right front caliper has removed itself from the fork. Bolts are gone, rim is torn up.

Fortunately the pads are thick so when the pistons went out far enough to make the pads touch I regained braking from the other caliper. Zip ties to the rescue, and I ride it home, carefully.

Upon inspection, there was apparently no thread locking agent on the caliper bolts, well at least in evaluating the caliper threads.

Still under warranty, kawasaki's problem now, not mine. I think I'm done riding today though... Steve
I'm glad that you have made it OK without being hurt. It could have been dramatic.
Hopefully the dealer will make it right for you.

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
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