Originally Posted by Canadian_Wanabi
And YES! Long story short, When I bought this Bike, (1,800$ with 400$ in gear Helmet/Jacket.) It had a Major Oil leak, and No tires left. I bought Some used Tires off a guy that used the set for a couple hours at a track before he wrecked his bike. They were 190/50 rear, and I don't remmeber the front.
Well the Local shop Said that the rear tire I bought won't work becuase its the wrong size, and that for them to put new tires on the bike, I would have to buy a set from them, and they will put them on for a discounted price. Sooo Me being Guable, Bought a New Rear tire for 180$(after already paying 140$ for the Used pair Front/Rear.)
So they rolled my bike into the back shop, and Came back maybe 3 minuetes later saying they couldn't put the tire on becuase i got a oil leak. I said "well, You are a Motorcycle shop. Fix it??....." He told me some story on how they can't work on bikes Before the year 2001/2002 (Mines a 2000...) and told me to leave, or he will have to call the Law enforcement.....
Ended up going to a guy who has a Car lift, and allllll the works in his garage, and he ended up Putting the Tires on, Fixing the oil leak (Sprocket seal had peices of shoe laces in it), tighten my chain, and a oil change for around eh, 300$ I think.
Piston Pete is his name. He told me to go return the Brand new tire I bought, because the 190/50 will work perfectly. all the diffrence is the side wall is a tad shorter, and the tire is a bit wider.
Well,I went back to Motoprimo to return the tire. Well. They denied to take it back because one small sticker was off it...
Hate to say it. But if your around the lakeville area of Minnesota, DON'T go to MotoPrimo. Service, and Prices are Horrible!
Primo is not the worst shop in the area, FYI, there are worse.
But as pissed as you are look at it from their end as a business decision: they install a used "wrong" size tire (even though it fits, according to Honda it needs a 180) and you crash because of anything, oh say oil leaking onto it that could have been seen while changing the tire the week before. Who are going to run screaming to when that happens? Them because they were the last to touch the bike, suddenly they are liable, not necessarily by law but in this world with forums, Facebook, Twitter, etc. all hell breaks loose. As far as returning the tire you removed the sticker, they have no idea if it's been mounted, liability again.
Not saying you'd be that ******* who would do that but they have to cover themselves from as much litigation as they can.
And many dealers nowadays will not work on anything older than 10 years old simply from a training and time standpoint (like you said, you paid $1800 on the bike, who wants to pay $120/hr for shop rate) and mist will not touch tires they didn't sell, used or not.
Never heard much on Piston Pete but try Hitching Post or Honda Town for dealer needed stuff (better service than Primo), Roy's Repair, Motorsports Plus or my personal favorite 2K Motorsports for everything from tires to service. However know going in Kyle supports CRA racing and NEVER has time to answer his phone or return messages. But go in there personally and be amazed at the prices he'll get you and the service he does.
As far as your issue it's a symptom not the problem. If you'd like some help PM me and I can walk through some more stuff but basically on these newer bikes in an effort to reduce weight and make things compact the charging systems get pretty fragile. Generally, the RR is the first thing to go and if left go long enough, or if the bike is crashed on the left side, will take the stator out with it. The only thing to do is replace them and the battery to make the system whole again.
Again, generally speaking, lots of other issues can be had.
From there you need to look at the entire wiring harness, especially if dipshit PO's cobble shitty turn signals and fender eliminators in which is quite popular to do. Make sure all connections are right, tight and done well. If the wiring has been hacked or wrecked replacing the entire thing can be your best bet. And anything twisted and electrical taped needs to be redone correct with heat shrink and solder.
The other two big areas to watch for on these era bikes are the fuel pump and kill switch, but those are more "not starting" issues. Otherwise these are pretty bulletproof machines.