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Old 06-19-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:18 AM   #2
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take of it and it shouldn't matter. but I've heard honda's the best.
only personally owned a kawi and suzuki for about 1.5 years each and both worked excellently while I had them. But older people are loving their honda VFRs. not sure of longevity because its a honda, or because of the V-4 engine setup. sorry, was rambling there.
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im telling you now, i've had a kawi, a suzuki and a honda, and i stunt/stunted and abused them all...right now my honda has electrical problems...it's how you maintain the machine and how you treat it.

no bikes are like a harley that will leak oil from the crate.
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my 99 R6 & 04 CBR 600rr were the toughest of all my race bikes thru the years. they took a beatin and kept on runnin without a single problem. the Kawi 636 we raced in 06 was the worst... tranny problems all year.
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my 99 R6 & 04 CBR 600rr were the toughest of all my race bikes thru the years. they took a beatin and kept on runnin without a single problem. the Kawi 636 we raced in 06 was the worst... tranny problems all year.

Was yours an 05 636? I've got a kawi 06 and aside from a few mis shifts and klunks it's been solid. The 05's are far worse with the tranny issues than the 06's.
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Depends on how well you take care of maintenance.
But pretty accurate ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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By and large most of the Japanese mfr's bikes will last a very long time without major issues.

Early R6's, '99-'02 had some second gear issues, '05 636's had some trans issues, but beyond that there hasn't been a lot I've seen that go wrong.

As was stated by several people; take care of the bike by keeping it maintained and it will last probably longer than you want to keep it.
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Was yours an 05 636? I've got a kawi 06 and aside from a few mis shifts and klunks it's been solid. The 05's are far worse with the tranny issues than the 06's.
it was an 06
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Haven't had issues with Yamaha's or Suzuki's. Have had a couple of friends that have had issues with Kawi's. Not sure if I agree with the list Anti posted up.
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Yup yup!

I saw a bike with 1,200 miles at the dealer for service, it seems the clutch had "gone out". You think that was a manufacturing defect, or just a dumb-a$$ squid rider!?
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Yup yup!

I saw a bike with 1,200 miles at the dealer for service, it seems the clutch had "gone out". You think that was a manufacturing defect, or just a dumb-a$$ squid rider!?
I'm no tech, but I'd guess someone needs to learn how to properly clutch.


edit: hmm read "tranny had gone out" for some reason. Probly still just a dumbass
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