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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooter View Post
    "has some flaws, not perfect, plenty of character, and keeps plugging away." Yup, exactly like me too brother.
    Thats what she said...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 34nineteen View Post
    Thats what she said...
    More times than I want to hear!

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    I'm almost at 50,000 miles on my 2008 XB12Ss. It is the only vehicle I've ever purchased brand new from the factory... I actually ordered this one and had it built for me. It is easily the best motorcycle I've owned, among various Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki bikes. I think I will rebuild and refurbish it for life - the engine has been extremely reliable, as has the transmission. With some modifications I've made mine considerably more comfortable for touring, extending its usefulness.

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    Hey Meso ^^^^^^^^^^^^^, how about giving some info on your bike, like maintenance schedule you followed and, what you changed on your bike to make it more comfortable for you while touring ? I'm sure the newbies as well as some oldies would be interested, maybe some pictures ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by njloco View Post
    Hey Meso ^^^^^^^^^^^^^, how about giving some info on your bike, like maintenance schedule you followed and, what you changed on your bike to make it more comfortable for you while touring ? I'm sure the newbies as well as some oldies would be interested, maybe some pictures ?
    Surely. As far as maintenance goes, I've stuck to the factory indicated service intervals. I didn't switch to synthetic oils until I racked up about 5000 miles.

    I dumped the factory oil at 344 miles and used some Shell Rotella 15W-40 diesel oil (was living in cold Canada at the time). At about 1300 miles the bike had it's mandatory factory service to preserve the warranty, which includes their own oil change. Since the synthetic switch, I generally run either Redline V-Twin 20W50 or Maxima V-Twin 20W50, whichever is cheaper. Oil change intervals went up to about 3000 miles with the nice synthetic stuff.

    For the transmission, I've had great luck with Redline MTL and Amsoil 20W50. I believe I burned my stator out with Belray Sports Trans fluid, however... so I would recommend staying away from that despite the claims of it being compatible.

    As far as mods go, I think the main improvements I made came from the following:
    • Pazzo or CRG adjustable levers - very nice. Prefer the CRG, actually... they are engineered better.
    • Michelin Pilot Road 2CT tires. Excellent rear tire wear and sporty performance from the same tire.
    • Drummer SS exhaust system. Great sound, increase in power, forced me to perform custom ECM tuning.
    • DDM Tuning LED lamp kit. Major increase in light output and visibility to others.
    • Fine tuning of suspension settings. Required a lot of test riding, but well worth it. The stock suspension parts are high quality.
    • LSL Superbike Low handlebar. A little lower than the stock bar, was right for me. Setting up the cockpit on any 2 wheeled machine, whether it's your motorcycle or your mountain bike, is a key factor in comfort.
    • Installation of in-dash system voltage readout. A stator failure prompted me to do this and it has been invaluable.
    • SBS brake pads. Easily the best brake pads I've used thus far. I like them better than EBC, Ferodo, and the stock Nissin parts.
    • Laminar Lip. Excellent deflection of wind at high speeds.
    • Custom ECM tuning. This also involved upgrading to the 2010 MY header with dual O2 sensors. I run a baro sensor and have baro compensation enabled in the ECM. The fuel maps were carefully trimmed from extensive datalogging runs and have resulted in a bike that fires up with authority at any altitude, any temperature, and runs hard. I'm certain that properly tuning the engine has extended the life of the engine. I feel that at almost 50K miles now, the engine is just breaking in!


    A couple of shots prior to the Laminar Lip and the headlight guard I currently have installed.
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    All good info, thanks. I'll be making some changes this winter and I'll be referencing your post.



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