Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: London, ON, Canada
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Just had my first service, 1038 kms, break-in period. Did that one at the dealer, and paid $185 Canadian. Too expensive for what is really an oil change, chain lube and a and a once over. I did it for peace of mind that all's well so far.
As I did with my old bike, 1st service at the dealer and I'll now do all the basic maintenance myself, or if need be - with the help of some knowledgeable riding buddies. As you spend more time with the bike, you understand it more, what is needed and when. Doing a bit of wrenching on your own bike is WAY more fun than handing it over to a mechanic.
I found my maintenance costs were very low on the Ninja when I took this approach and fully expect the same results with the Versys.
P.S. Two years ago I was in a heated letter writing campaign with Kawasaki Canada over a dirty pre-delivery price increase they made me eat and exclusion from a promo offer that included every street bike they made, but mine. It was worse than complaining to the wall. I received nothing, several of my letters went unanswered, no matter how high up I sent the letters - the correspondence was always kicked down to the same flunky who was no help in the first place. Worst customer service I have ever encountered. I loved my Ninja, and I'm loving my Versys, but I'm still bitter with Kawasaki. (I got some satisfaction de-badging ALL the Kwaka labels from my bike!)... So, I do wish you good luck.
Always trust your cape.
Last edited by ATYC; 10-02-2010 at 08:59 AM.