As some of you may recall, a few weeks ago I took my 650 in to do some general maintenance stuff and have a front tire put on. Well, I won't go through it again but will just say that it ended up costing me way more than the original $400 I was told it would cost.
Because I'd boughten a new car and have been busy with many other things, I hadn't ridden my bike very much at all since I picked it up. But last week I decided to ride it and to my anguish I discovered that the temp needle stays right at the apex when going down the hi-way, and goes clear towards the right whenever I'm in even just a little stop and go traffic.
I went down to talk to them about the situation, thinking it might somehow tie into the fact that they put a new fan motor on and that maybe something simply needs to be adjusted. My appointment to bring it in is this coming Saturday and I've got a real bad feeling that they're going to look at it and not be able to do anything to fix the problem. I suspect what I'm going to ended up with is a bike that can only be ridden in extreme cold. If I ride it the way it is it'll be no time before the fan motor burns out again and that'll be another $394.
Another concern is that they'll tell me that the only thing they can do is to tear the engine completely apart and see what happens. But the thing is, I REALLY don't want to put another dime into it even if they're confident they'll be able to find what's wrong with it and correct the problem. Not to denigrate the good times you folks are having with your Kaws, but speaking for myself, I'll never buy another one again. (I still can't believe that rinky-dink fan motor cost as much as it did. It makes me think the clever boy at Kawasaki deliberately put a crummy fan motor on the bike just so it would go past warrantee and then die, thus basically forcing people to shell-out big bucks for something that maybe cost them $10 to make.)
Man, this has all been sooo strange. All I wanted was to get an expert bike mechanic to service my bike so it would be in great shape for the summer, but it's cost me close to $2,000 and the prospect of riding it after Saturday doesn't look so great. I'd like to sell it and be done with it but there's no way I'd try and stick someone with the problem while BSing them about what a great bike it is. Even if I give it to one of those charity auctions the thing would still only end up being a paper weight for someone that thought he was bidding on a nice bike.
Any friendly thoughts or comments are welcome. Thanks for your time.
P.S. FWIW, I installed the thermo-bob myself a year or so ago and it seemed to work alright, though a bit hotter in the summer (but not like it is now).