Hi all! New to the forum. Unfortunately, what brought me to this forum was looking for info on some mishaps I've had so far with my new C50.
Bought my C50Black on 10/17/05. Rode for a few token warm weekends throughout the winter, and FINALLY...spring is here. This is my first bike (other than a Honda 50 when I was little) and I love everything about it. ..EXCEPT the service I've received so far. Brought it in for its first service/oil change, etc. on Tuesday 3/7/06, picked it up Friday 3/10/06, everything is fine. Monday 3/13/06, 75 degrees in NJ, I decide to ride it to work. Halfway there, oil light comes on, engine automatically turns off due to no oil pressure, I coast off to the side of the road. Get off the bike, look underneath, and oil was blowing out from the filter all over the bottom of the bike, including the tread of the rear tire! Called the dealership, they came out, we loaded the bike into the back of the dealership's truck, took it back to the dealership and they fixed it. They "said" when the service was done the week prior, that an AFTERMARKET oil filter was used, and IT failed. WHY, if I'm bringing it to the dealership for service, would they have used non-Suzuki parts? and secondly, they brushed it off as no big deal, offered me nothing for my troubles, and basically didn't consider that I could've wiped out BIGTIME with oil covering my rear tire due to THEIR screw up. Anyways, SORRY for the life story. It's just too bad, because I LOVE the bike, it is absolutely awesome looking, sounds great, has more-than-adequate smooth power for an 805cc, comfortable as can be, starts right up everytime, by far the best bike for the money. Anyways...the saga lives on. Today, 3/31/06, 75 degrees again here in NJ, decide to give it another shot and ride to work today being everything should be fixed now, and I haven't ridden it since the night I brought it home from the dealer on 3/13/06 after that last incident. Anyhow, ride the bike to work today, no problems. I go outside about an hour or two later, and notice a few drops of oil, this time dripping from the bottom of the radiator cover. I'm not sure where this could be coming from. Then, about an hour later, go back out, and now notice a few drops of oil coming from right under the transmission casing. None of the leaking is coming from the oil filter. Where could it be leaking from now? This just really sucks. It's definitely not leaking nearly as much as it was that first time a few weeks ago, but disheartening just the same. There were NO fluid leaks coming from ANYWHERE during the first 690 miles before I took it in for its first service. Either the service techs didn't tighten something tight enough, or they over-filled it, or it has some other problem. This bike is really awesome and has been completely trouble-free up until I took it in for its initial service. I know, the easy answer here is to just take it in to the dealership again and raise some hell this time. The inconvenience factor here is just starting to rise, and it sucks having to now worry about the bike having some sort of failure while riding it after it's been in for service. Should I have bought a Honda or a Yamaha? or is this basically a service department oversight?