Okay, now I'm really pissed!!
I own a 2002 Bandit GSF600S and happened to encounter a 'little' problem with my clutch mechanism. This, just after I purchased it a month prior and put only 1,300km's on it!! Basically, the entire cover cracked from force applied to the bolt boss. It bent the bolt that attaches to the engine which in turn broke the anchor nut right off the engine. The chain gouged 2 marks into the bolt boss and the clutch release pin broke as well. Not to mention that the clutch release adjuster nut (under the little black rubber cover) was completely loose - wasn't even attached to the bolt when the cover was removed. Not too certain in what particular order everything broke but nevertheless, I was clutchless.
The dealership where I bought the bike (not a Suzuki dealership) is trying to put the blame on me that there was too much slop on the chain...but I don't buy it. During some of my pre-trip inspections, I didn't notice an unacceptable amount of slop in the chain. That chain was 'allegedly' inspected before I bought the bike (a month ago) and after 1,300 km's it loosened an extra inch or two? Yeah right!
Just got word today from the dealership and I quote: "the [clutch] cover is 10 days to 2 weeks away. It has to come over from Japan." Parts have to come from Japan? - that's ridiculous! There is a parts centre in TO, but they don't stock this particular part.
Can you believe this? My bike has already been there for a week - it took a couple of days before we settled on a deal on how they were going to fix it. They ordered the part on Friday last, but now I was told today that it could be at least 10 days to 2 weeks before the part arrives??!
I know it's not the dealership's fault that the part isn't in Canada, but it's just frustrating after having the bike only a month and this happens.
The good news (if I can call it that) is that they are going to pay half of the total cost. My share approx. $300.
In the mean time, they said that they could temporarily fix it until the cover arrives so I can get back on the road. Basically, epoxy weld the lug back onto the engine (which was going to be done anyway), bend the clutch cover back into position (somehow), then bolt the cover back on. Oh yeah, and replace the chain with a better quality one. (The previous owner apparantly had bought a cheaper quality chain)
Remember kids, if you buy or already own a Suzuki, just remember that some replacement parts have to be shipped from TO, or at worst, Japan. So you can be bikeless for more than just a couple of days!
I can just see the posts now...serves me right...and I'll NEVER hear the end of it..... I SHOULD'A BOUGHT A HONDA!!!
End of rant! Ty...That feels better!
edit: trying to change the thread smiley