Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
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it depends on your view or the risks involved
if you think its worth it
its my understanding that the warranty is precisley that, an extended warranty from Kawasaki, so unlike the insurance policies it does have some value.. its also transferable should you decide to the sell the bike within the warranty period. arguably beacuase its an extended warranty it more likely that they have under priced it (compared to you getting work done), and its more likely they aren't going to be an arse of any future claims, compared to an insurance perspective
as to whether its needed... thats a different kettle of fish.
K seem reasonable at fixing things under warranty, such as the cracked exhausts, a reasonably common problem, the buttons failing to work on the instrument panel likewise. rectifier fritzing the wiring harness and so on.
there doesn't seem to be a clear common and frequent cause for failure. so is it worth $400?. My own personal guess is probably not, but it may be a good spend if you want the reassurance in case something goes wrong.
given that Kawasaki will have a good idea of what warranty work they expect in that period and have presuambly costed it out accordingly then they expect the warranty to cost them less than $400 over its lifetime. but any one claim in itself may cost more than that especially if its on a major part. Ive heard of problems with dropped valves leading to engine replacement under warranty.. thats 'kin good value if it 'only' costs you $400.
so its a numbers game, and it how you feel about your bike. at $200 a year it may not be an issue, but it akmost certainly means you have to get the bike serviced at the regular intervals (who wouldn't) and it also means you have to get it serviced professionally (insisting its down at a K dealer won't wash in the EU, but you may have to in the US.. go check)