I just got my 05 with 9k on it recently, and I THINK most of the fluids were done 2 years ago according to seller, besides oil done before winter. Oil looks very clean, should it still be changed?
The brake fluids look light orange-ish (I think this is clean?), but the brakes don't feel incredibly touchy/powerful. I see the manual calls for rebuilding the brakes every 2 yrs, should this actually be done this often? Or just pads/fluid/bleed?
I'd like to change all the fluids in the bike, coolant, brake fluid, oil, etc. I think I'm going with Amsoil 10W-40 from Bob for the oil/filter. What else should I change and what kinds are recommended for best performance/reliability?
Brake Fluid would be right on top of the list..
Brake Fluid is Hygroscopic and the system should be Bled every year and the totally flushed every other. Or however you would word that.
There is no way to tell if brake fluid is good or bad by looking at it if it is just contaminated with water. If you see any discoloration, the bike should be parked until the system is thoroughly flushed. I have DOT 4 Racing Brake Fluid at an Unbeatable price...
Change the oil...If you live in an area where there was any storage time, the oil and filter should be changed before you ride. Most people don't understand that the TBN (oils ability to neutralize acidity) depletes even if the engine hasn't been run. Few oils will have the ability to ride-store-ride on and AMSOIL has a high enough TBN for that.
Fork oil... Some do, Some Don't... I will do mine this year as bike is nearing 2 yrs old... I will use AMSOIL STM 10 wgt fluid. I think every 3 yrs is an acceptable time frame
Unless you have Extended Life Anti-Freeze, it is only good for 2 years... I use AMSOIL (what else) Extended Life... Good for 7 years... 3.5 times longer than other Anti-Freeze.
Whichever your choice in Anti-Freeze... Make sure it is "Silicate Free"