Agreed. The engine is what I originally fell in love with 5 years ago when I rode my first Multi. I was enamored for weeks and joked with my guy whose bike I rode that I wouldn't get off it if he let me ride it again. It earned the nickname "God's Chariot" after that test ride...The 1198 is a bloody good strong engine, it has a sloppy gear box, but its strong. Take life and the bike as it comes, if something happens, save and fix it. Its a great fun bike, its worth it. Dave.
Very good guess. The best anyone has wagered. But not exactly. It's from a Subaru, and incidentally, a Honda VFR800 - another one of my previous flings.1324 suggests Zundfolge which suggests BMW, but I'm guessing.
Thanks, Lew. Your words ring true with me, and are derivatives of what I commonly tell my wife. Feels like the pot calling the kettle black, admittedly. That said, my concern stems purely from my lack of time these days. I just want quality time on the bike, and I'm debating about ditching my other street bike for a while. So this bike would be the go-to jack of all trades.I love '10-'12 threads. Never enough of them here now that it's more fashionable to be fighting with the disappointing torque and horsepower curves on newer bikes. Because, the 10-12s are great rides, just as fast or faster than the new bikes, and sooo much cheaper. By the way, I'm one of the board philosophers. Just call me Lew.
You are worried about something that has not happened yet. This is unwise. Now to be sure, the thing you fear could happen. Then again, it hasn't happened yet and probably will never happen so you are borrowing trouble from the future. This is an annoying debt that cis easily avoided by simply not dong that.
Some people do like to worry. I know as by genetic composition and from experience I have done my share of rueful worrying, much of which has come to naught. We won't talk about those times when worry is justified but suffice to say yours is not one of those. May I suggest (borrowing a phrase from the asshats that sell fake collectible coins on TV) that by not worrying, you will avoid future regret. The thing is, if you're going to regret something it's always better to regret it later rather than right now. But again, at this moment, you don't actually have any cause for regret. You can't be angry with yourself because this whole porous head business is freaking confusing. Nobody expects anybody but a guy who already owns one of these to know about it. More to the point, if your bike isn't pissing coolant now, it almost certainly never will. Even if it ever did, which is unlikely, I direct you back to point A, namely, there is no pay in borrowing worry.
Ride that bitch and enjoy. I will probably never sell mine. Post more pictures. By the way, white was the hot color in some circles although I always wished they'd made it in yellow.
One last thing:
While you're at it, do the brake and clutch fluids unless you know the dealer did it prior to delivery. These bikes appreciate that.
And yes, I agree. I don't think the PO ever touched the brake fluid. The front reservoir is orange and the rear is dark as hell. One of these nights I'll get around to it while doing the round robin on the routine new bike maintenance.
Thanks. My thought was mainly if we had a photo of the head to see how access looks to the corroded area. Just wondering if a repair was possible to the area for those of us cheap bastards who waited for these awesome bikes to become more affordable.Like this one?To the OP, looking into the exhaust port will tell you nothing, even if you could access the water side I would imagine the same. Not sure Harbor Freight sells them yet but ultrasonic thickness gaging could be useful if you remove the heads... Forget about it and ride. That said every time I start my new bike and the exhaust condenses my heart skips a beat until it clears...
That said, the bike looks great sitting on the lift right now. Even our son agrees.