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Maintenance Schedule

Initial 600 miles or 1000km:

  • tighten cylinder nuts and exhaust pipe bolts
  • Inspect valve clearance, adjust if necessary
  • Inspect all fuel lines for leakage
  • (California models) Inspect evaporation canister and vapor lines
  • Change engine oil and replace filter
  • Check engine idle speed; adjust to 1200 rpm if necessary
  • Check clutch adjustment; adjust if necessary
  • Check drive chain tension; adjust if necessary
  • Inspect all brake hoses for leakage
  • Check brake fluid levels in both master cylinders; add fluid if necessary
  • Check brake pad wear
  • Inspect tire condition and air pressure
  • Check steering operation; adjust if necessary
  • Check operation of front forks
  • Check rear suspension operation
  • Check all chassis bolts and nuts for tightness; tighten if necessary

It is especially important to follow the initial service schedule.  I know this from personal experience as the chassis bolts were not checked on my own bike by the dealer and the handlebars flopped forward on me.  Quite a shocker!  My husband now does all the work on my bike from now on. 

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