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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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I decided to do what Nike says, "just do it" and removed the tank. Overall, it took about two hours but I take my time and clean underneath whenever I remove the tank. At least I feel better knowing I have new fluids.

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I decided to do what Nike says, "just do it" and removed the tank. Overall, it took about two hours but I take my time and clean underneath whenever I remove the tank. At least I feel better knowing I have knew fluids.
Good job. I was just looking at this maintenance in the manual. Too bad Kawa could not do a better job at making some of these maintenance items accessible without removing so much stuff. Take the oil, it is easy to do an oil change but you should not have to take off three parts to get to the filter. And you shouldn't have to remove the tank to change fluid. I don't know, maybe it's done to hide everything.
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Too bad Kawa could not do a better job at making some of these maintenance items accessible without removing so much stuff. Take the oil, it is easy to do an oil change but you should not have to take off three parts to get to the filter.
What 3 parts are you referring to? The filter on my meanie is easily accessable under the bike without having to remove any anything else to get to it..

EDIT: Oh, nevermind. I just realized by your picture that you're probably referring to the 900 Custom, and I do now recall all the crap I had to take off to get to the filter back when I had mine.

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Good job. I was just looking at this maintenance in the manual. Too bad Kawa could not do a better job at making some of these maintenance items accessible without removing so much stuff. Take the oil, it is easy to do an oil change but you should not have to take off three parts to get to the filter. And you shouldn't have to remove the tank to change fluid. I don't know, maybe it's done to hide everything.
That freakin sucks. Part of me asks why they can't make designs easier for basic maintenance and the other parts says they probably want you to take it to them to work on.

A few friends of mine have the Yamaha Royal Star. That bike requires the removal of the exhaust to do an oil change or, more exact, the oil filter. What a pain.

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That freakin sucks. Part of me asks why they can't make designs easier for basic maintenance and the other parts says they probably want you to take it to them to work on.

A few friends of mine have the Yamaha Royal Star. That bike requires the removal of the exhaust to do an oil change or, more exact, the oil filter. What a pain.
I thought oil filter relocate kits were available for the Yamaha bikes with the exhaust/oil filter issues.

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I thought oil filter relocate kits were available for the Yamaha bikes with the exhaust/oil filter issues.
They are, but not all Royal Star owners want to pay $200 to $300 for the kit.

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They are, but not all Royal Star owners want to pay $200 to $300 for the kit.
Good point and it certainly makes no difference to me. But it seems like a lot of folks change out their stock seats on metric bikes...not sure if you can even get a Mustang seat for $300.00. ****, folks spend more than that just for pieces of chrome...

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My brother rides a Yama 1100 V-Star and had the oil filter problem just once. Enough of that Shyyt, purchased and mounted the filter relocation kit after 500 miles. Best investment he ever made. He was pretty mad when I showed how easy it was to change filters on the 1600 classic.
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