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Had my icon just over a week now, still loving it after 400 miles.

Everything is as expected, the suspension is lacking, and the seat, oh dear god the seat, why oh why haven't they done something about the seat yet. Its such a pain in the ass, literally, you can push your thumb into the foam all the way to the base, all because of that stupid scoop for the worlds smallest tool kit, that by rights should be living in the rear (tool ?) storage compartment thus negating the need for pain inducing ass crippling recess in the base.

But fret not, I have a plan, and will be addressing the seat just as soon as I've made my new front mud guard mounts and got it fitted. I cant ride through winter with whats currently fitted, with filth being sprayed all over the engine.

Hoping to get the first service out the way at the end of this week so i can really start having some fun.

That said, I have managed to catch the exhaust heat shield on the deck on a particularly tight right hand corner, anyone else?
 

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First thing to go was the Zorst, no chance of scraping with the Dan Moto XG-1 fitted,

(the noise level scares the ground away ! )

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You are exactly right about the seat. Keep us posted on that fender project, please.

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Had my icon just over a week now, still loving it after 400 miles.
Everything is as expected, the suspension is lacking, and the seat, oh dear god the seat, why oh why haven't they done something about the seat yet. Its such a pain in the ass, literally, you can push your thumb into the foam all the way to the base, all because of that stupid scoop for the worlds smallest tool kit, that by rights should be living in the rear (tool ?) storage compartment thus negating the need for pain inducing ass crippling recess in the base.
But fret not, I have a plan, and will be addressing the seat just as soon as I've made my new front mud guard mounts and got it fitted. I cant ride through winter with whats currently fitted, with filth being sprayed all over the engine.
Hoping to get the first service out the way at the end of this week so i can really start having some fun.
That said, I have managed to catch the exhaust heat shield on the deck on a particularly tight right hand corner, anyone else?
Don't know about the stock exhaust, my FT came with the Evo Termi and the footpegs hit the deck lock before anything else!
 

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Hey there - I used to work in Euxton up near the bombs :). I've fitted a new rear shock (from Maxton in Warrington) and the comfort levels have improved a lot, not that the stock seat as ever bothered me too much.
 

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Euxton to Sydney huh, wow tough choice :0)

Yeah new rear shock is on the shopping list, its better now I've taken the pre load back a notch but still lacking.
 

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Because I plan on riding through the winter and want to stop as much filth as possible being fired at the engine, which is a nightmare to clean. And because I like the look of the ali gaurd on the classic. And because I can.
 

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Quick update. I managed to get my first service out of the way after 3 weeks of ownership. They fitted the low bars and fortunately I was able to pick the new bar clamps and clock mount before fitting to get them painted black, the black bars and silver clamps just weren't going to work for me.
Wow, what a difference the low bars have made, looks aside, the bike steers easier and its more comfortable to ride. The lower bars must have altered my riding position to pull me forward a bit and take some weight off my coxix as the seat is now marginally less painful over the same ride. I still think the seat is awful and have a second seat that's a work in progress.

My bigger front guard is working well but the volume of filth that comes back at the front of the bike off the front tyre is staggering, never in all my years biking have I had this. It musr be the tyres.
I'll be changing them soon so will report back if there's a difference.

Other comfort related news, there's an M shock waiting to be fitted as soon as I can pin down a willing volunteer to help.
 

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Well there you go, 14 months and 10000 miles.

First major service was earlier this summer with the valve clearances checked. That was about £500 including oil and filter, but there was no drama.

Andreani fork cartridge kit and a new rear m shock have improved handling.

Around 8000 miles I was starting to think my chain and sprockets were shot and in need of replacement but after investigation I discovered the rear sprocket and chain in fairly good fertile, and found it was a shagged front sprocket causing the right spots in the the chain, so I did what I know your not supposed to do and just changed the front sprocket. As everything is worn anyway a new front sprocket at 16 quid is better than a full set for 140 and if I get another 6 months out of the chain and rear then it' well worth it.

During the first recent cold spell I had a peculiar issue I've never encountered before, my oil window went all milky white like there was oil and water in there and I couldn' see anything through it. I popped back to the dealer and they checked it out and told me it' s called oil emulsification. It's the oil not gettng hot enough to evaporate water molecules properly because of the oil cooler which is only really fitted to deal with hotter climates. They checked my oil level and topped it of for me gratis, and said to get it good and got on a nice ride then whip the oil filler cap off and leave it off for a while in my garage while it' parked. All seems to be ok and I'll keep my eye on it during these colder months when there's not to much salt about and I can use it.

All is going ok other than the dramas I had with my suspension upgrades and I'm looking forward to getting my new end can on a rexxer ecu flash to release a few ponies and liven the bike up a bit not to mention shedding the weight, jeez have you felt the weight of that stock end can and cat thats fitted.
 

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I've read about milky oil in cold weather, thanks for sharing the dealer feedback. And yep, that factory exhaust is heavy as lead.

Sarah
 
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