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Old 11-14-2006, 04:11 AM   #71
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Boy I hated valve adjustment day. I could do a shop full of XRs faster than one damn KLR. Thank god those valves tended to stay put after the first adjustment. But just checking clearence is an ass pain. For the little bit of HP the thing puts out there is just no justification for the water cooling and shim adjusters on this engine.
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:15 AM   #72
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Burgman pre 2007 models are a maitenance bite in the behind. Those valves are buried under a whole bunch a stuff and need fairly frequent checking. The '07s go quite a bit further on an adjustment. Still, you will want to have the shop do it for you unless you like to kill Saturdays.
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:17 AM   #73
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Amen! And there ain't one on every block.
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:25 PM   #74
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You want a Kawasaki EX500 or a Suzuki GS500F, assuming you're talking about new bikes. There's a reason these two bikes have both been on the market for so long with relatively few changes.
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:57 PM   #75
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And the winner is... a GS500F. Happened on one with fewer than 1,400 miles on it, nearly new, for $4,000 and couldn't pass it up. So far, so good - the CX500 might make a little more power on a good day, but it's had plenty of bad days where it made less, and the lighter weight and much, much better brakes make it a hoot to ride.



Haven't ridden the GS to work yet, as I'm waiting on some cold weather riding gear I've ordered.
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