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Aug 19th 2017, 07:12 PM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84+'85 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 & '75 RD350; '66 Suzuki X6 250..a few others
New Bike!!!!

Three years to the day after the crash I had on one of my RZ350s, I went out and bought a brand new 2017 Yamaha FZ-07! I liked the "glacier blue" version the best, but it's a bit harder to come by. I got a good price from Yamaha Sports Plaza in Fairview. $6999, no shipping/assembly charge added except for the ubiqiutous $115 "documentation" fee, and with the Washingotn resident sales tax & licensing fees it came to $7814. That's the non-ABS model. I didn't feel the need or desire for extra trickery.

I bought it last Friday, and by the time this weekend is over I'll have the initial (600 mile) service due.

I read the reviews for their service department, which were mixed, but seem to be improving. There's one place I won't even CONSIDER: bringing anything I own to Pro Caliber.

I'm wondering which area dealer(s)--or independent shop--would you folks consider to be the best choice for taking care of this? I'm eager to finish the break-in period, to get past the rpm restrictions (5000 @ 600 miles, 6000 @ 1000 miles) so I can let loose with this light little beast!!!

So far it seems like the little FZ will be an excellent replacement for my aging Z1000. I'm still getting used to the more pronounced engine braking, along with shaking off the rust of 3 years without riding. I still love the Z, and it still runs great, but it has 114,000 on the clock & who knows how much longer it willl keep going. I wanted something lighter and the FZ seems to fit the bill quite nicely. I can't seme to post a pic 'cause Photobucket seems to have ceased 3rd-party hosting linking.

I'm open to suggestions for where to take it for the warranty service. What dealers or shops have you all been to that you won't hesitate to recommend? I hope to find one I can also go to for a valve check on the Z. Thanks everyone!
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Edited by Quicklimegirl on Aug 19th 2017 at 07:35 PM
Aug 19th 2017, 08:13 PM   #2
 S1KRR's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Renton, WA

  2010 BMW S1000RR, 2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Congratulations on the new bike. The FZ-07 is a great all-round motorcycle, I really enjoy riding my 2015 model.
Aug 19th 2017, 08:44 PM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84+'85 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 & '75 RD350; '66 Suzuki X6 250..a few others
Here's a picture of the bike (Glacier Blue). Got 480 miles on it. Pulls really good down low.



NOTE: ????Good place to take the bike for 600 mile service????

Edited by Quicklimegirl on Aug 20th 2017 at 11:48 AM
Aug 20th 2017, 09:14 AM   #4
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2017 Kaw Ninja 1000 ABS (Z1000SX)
Congrats!

1. ABS is not 'trickery' I'm sorry to hear you didn't get it.

2. Cycle Tune, or Vicious Cycle
Aug 20th 2017, 10:01 AM   #5
 
  Mar 2016
  Columbia River Gorge

  Ninja 1000
I see a lot of bad reviews about Pro Cal, but I have had nothing but very good experiences there. Had major service on a used Z1000 that I bought (job done perfect and under estimate), traded that bike in a few years later as part of purchase of 2011 Ninja 1000 (great price on trade-in and stupid good price on new bike with new exhaust installed before I even picked it up). Bought a lot of tires there as well. Too bad your experiences not the same.

But, I just used CycleTune recently for a 15K mil service on Ninja. Also installed PCV and some other upgrades before putting put it on their new Dyno. CycleTune team does great work, no BS and easy to deal with. Cannot recommend them enough.

Good luck.
Aug 20th 2017, 10:07 AM   #6
 307T's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Congratulations on the new bike Judy. I know you will have a good time with the break in period for both the bike and you personally. As nice as that scooter sounds, please don't abandon your collection of two strokes. We have to give some meaning to Al Gore after all.
Aug 20th 2017, 01:01 PM   #7
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Dragon
Just curious - what is the service you want done?

Oil and filter and some kind of checklist of tire pressure and headlight-aiming?

I've not taken a bike to a shop for decades except for tire mounting.

Your warrantee does not require any shop maintenance.

Not recommending. .Just honestly asking.

That's my next bike right there (as soon as people stop asking 6K for a used one).
Aug 20th 2017, 01:02 PM   #8
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84+'85 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 & '75 RD350; '66 Suzuki X6 250..a few others
Quote:
Originally Posted by motoman
Congrats!
1. ABS is not 'trickery' I'm sorry to hear you didn't get it.
As you can see from my bike list, I have a real affinity for vintage bikes. I've ridden a bike with ABS before (BMW) and didn't like how it felt. IMHO normal disc brakes are plenty adequate, so don't be sorry. I consider ABS merely added expense and complexity I don't care for.

Thanks for the shop recommendation(s). We normally do 95% of the work ourselves on the Smokers, everything except crankshaft building & cylinder boring. The modern, 4-stroke bikes are another matter entirely. Usually we'd do something simple such as oil changes ourselves; however I want to fully document the 600 mile service for warranty adherence. I know I should learn how to do valve adjustments for the Z & this bike, and maybe I will.....someday. I guess that day isn't here yet.

I don't want to deal with it right now, anyway, as I will be burying my Father up in Seattle this Wednesday. That's more than enough distraction enough for me right now.
Aug 20th 2017, 01:32 PM   #9
 chadams66's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
for any service I can't perform myself I head straight to CycleTune and have for over 5 years...
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Aug 20th 2017, 01:47 PM   #10
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2017 Kaw Ninja 1000 ABS (Z1000SX)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quicklimegirl
As you can see from my bike list, I have a real affinity for vintage bikes. I've ridden a bike with ABS before (BMW) and didn't like how it felt. IMHO normal disc brakes are plenty adequate, so don't be sorry. I consider ABS merely added expense and complexity I don't care for.
OK, sounds good. But your FZ is not a vintage bike, and ABS has evolved quite a bit over the years. Plus on many bikes including BMW, you can turn it off.

And as Sentinel said, 600 service is merely an oil change, check chain tension, bolt torque. And maybe catch something missed in PDI. We haven't even touched on what break-in strategy you are using, and what oil you will put in.

AFAIK, most manufacturers will accept your receipt for oil and filter as proof of service. You could also take a pic of the odometer with maybe a newspaper next to it. And completely avoid any Dealer. My guess is you will never have any trouble with that bike, and if so you will be long out of warranty.

Ride on!
Aug 20th 2017, 07:34 PM   #11
 TREX600's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quicklimegirl
Here's a picture of the bike (Glacier Blue). Got 480 miles on it. Pulls really good down low.



NOTE: ????Good place to take the bike for 600 mile service????
Nice bike
Aug 20th 2017, 08:00 PM   #12
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Dragon
oh and make sure you only use full unicorn oil, the stuff in the cans, never the stuff in the plastic (plastic molecules neutralize unicorn oil goodness and your gears and pistons will melt immediately if you use anything else and your warrantee will be null and void and you will lose like 20 horsepower).
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Aug 21st 2017, 03:49 AM   #13
 galenernest's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Beijing

  Honda CBF190R
That's a great looking bike, Judy! Congratulations on the purchase. Quite the color! Wishing you (and Kevin) many thousands of happy miles on that machine.
Aug 21st 2017, 12:08 PM   #14
 larsvons's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '15 KLZ1000BFF (BEST FRANDS 4EVER!)
+1 on cycletune, Chris and co are great. Nice bike!
Aug 21st 2017, 09:45 PM   #15
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
I hope you're not getting rid of the z1000, it's just getting broken in!
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