[QUOTE=charly;21355] I just picked up my new bike last week and here is some advice from my dealer. I appreciate any comments:
Since you appreciate any comments, I'll add mine.
1) I know there has been a lot of discussion about this in these forums but my dealer recommended premium fuel. Many people here suggest regular. Maybe I should just use mid grade and hope it's okay.
Excellent dealer suggestion. I don't suppose the guy explained why the dealer advice contradicts the manual? I've tried different grades of fuel to determine any mpg differences, which is the only reason I would use premium in a bike for which the ENGINEERS and DESIGNERS
say that regular is fine. Finding no better mileage, and not currently being a motorcycle engineer, I use plain 'ole regular.
2) He says to lube the chain with wax rather than oil.
There is no single controlling authority on this matter, except for my opinion.
Here's the right way....use whatever you want, or use nothing at all. Clean it or keep it dirty. Whenever someone offers an opinion on how to maintain your chain, simply agree with that opinion and then continue doing it your way.
There are only two rules that most everyone does agree on: 1. Watch the chain slack and adjust when necessary, and 2. Replace both sprockets and chain at the same time whenever one, two, or all three appear to need replacement (except for temp gearing mods.)
3) He says that the tires are covered with a film of wax as part of the manufacturing process and to ride the bike around a parking lot for awhile to scuff them up.
Yeah! He got one right. Any dealer who can get one piece of advice right while giving three pieces has earned his right to a profit, a decent standard of living, and our collective admiration.
Also, the bike is going to be stored in sub-zero temperatures for a few months so I'll take the battery out and bring it inside. The gas tank is about half full. Should I mix some fuel stabilizer up with some gas in a gas can, slosh it around, and then pour it into the Versys right to the top? Gas doesn't seem to degrade much during cold weather (I never do anything with my lawn mower to winterize it and it always starts first pull in the spring) and I really don't want to add another chemical to the gas if it's not needed.
I don't know much about cold weather, but gas degrades quickly these days regardless of temps. Stabil is good stuff, whether it's for the bike, lawnmower, or chainsaw.
If you don't use stabil, just drain the tank, and offer it back to your dealer to put into his bike as a show of appreciation for all he has done for you.
BTW, did your "dealer" tell you that stuff, or was it your salesguy who doesn't know motorcycles but desperately wants to provide a sense of good service??
Enjoy the scoot.