I am not debating changing belts and tires, just waiting till the dealer can fit me in for work. Since the weather broke in ohio it's been a mad rush for everyone to get their bikes in for service. Still it's the newest/most reliable bike in the fleet at the moment and it's not useable, and also because of it's rarity I do have to treat it like a jewel sometimes and because of that I like to have receipts as proof that the bike was serviced. My honda used to be my go to, do it all, not worry about it bike but lately it's been plagued with issues and while most are small I feel like "ol' Blue" went from dependable hound dog to time to take it out back and whack it with the shovel of a major overhaul. I mean, there is more oil on the outside of the engine from gasket weep at this point than inside the oil tank and she smokes like a frenchman at traffic lights because of it...but it's so hard to turn a working motorcycle into a non working one.That price on the SCR may be factory authorized as I see they are the same price here.
Geeto, 12 year old tires and debating changing belts, loving the deal on the SCR...you sound like a man who's ready to buy something new.
<snip> because of it's rarity I do have to treat it like a jewel...
i say 5 years these days. i ran an m1100 to 36,000km once, due to out of step changes and schedules. ducati went to 5 years on the mts1200 and diavel, and now the majors are out to 30,000km on the 4v bikes as well. scramblers might still say 2 years, but i would do them any more regularly than 5 personally.On the Aircooled Duc's the service interval is something like 2 years regardless of mileage, althugh plenty of duc techs have told me 3 is fine. I'm at 4 something now. While the main concern is that they will break, there is a secondary concern about shedding teeth. When I lived in NY I saw plenty of 90's monsters that had never had a belt done where chunks were missing from the teeth of the gilmer belt - they ran fine though. The aircooled engines are interference engines so it's critical that the betls be changed often because a broken belt and resultant cylinder & head rebuild can often exceed the value of the bike. I have always had my duc's done at 3 years. I think the multistrada has something like a 5 year and 15,000 belt service interval, but I don't know those bikes well. It's not a bike that gets bounced off the rev limiter I suppose so there probably isn't a lot of shock loading on it. FWIW I remember changing belts on a 'Strada once and it's like a 20min job start to finish - super easy so why wouldn't you do it regularly?
But that wasn't the only issue with the duc. Tires are now 12 years old and when riding it 2 weeks back I must have hit a sharp stone with the rear because there is a tiny slit exposing cord in the rear. Even though those tires have tubes in them I didn't want to chance riding it because of what a twitchy loaded weapon the bike is.
I was watching Henry Rollins spoken word shows on youtube the other day, and I caught an old show where he said "cynicism is intellectual laziness" and I had forgotten how much that resonated with me. SO I am trying to see the positive in things more often. I don't think anybody buying an SCR950 has any more pretension to take it off road than guys who put knobbies on old non-GS airheads. TO me the bike is a bolt (which is a solid reliable crusier motorcycle) without the uncomfortable cruiser riding position and some vintage styling that I don't have to take my life into my own hands to get - It's easy to be cynical but it is not helping anything.
No, he got it as an insurance write off. He had a buddy who made a living repairing crashed exotic cars and would clue him in when he came across bike stuff. This one was lightly damaged. The original rear rim was tweaked (rideable but not quite right) so I rebuilt the wheels for him with the SS spokes and Excel rims. He did all the other mods, many of which were to fix cosmetic stuff.Is he the original owner?
I really liked the look of this concept bike, hard to believe it was 10 years ago. Shame it wasn't ever built.