I use my 1100 EVO a lot for daily commuting and I've had to fix a few things on it that I normally wouldn't have on my old Hondas.
- Battery died prematurely. Easy fix, but 14 months after getting a lithium battery, this one may be going as well. I wonder if it's a charging system problem or, more likely, that turning this motor over, along with all the electronics, is too hard on the battery.
- Stator died early. I had to replace it at 14,300 miles. Semi easy fix if you know how to wrench on your bike. It was also hard to find a stator for the EVO. It uses a unique size stator that doesn't even match the 1100 or 1100S.
- Chain stretched at 11,000 miles. Again, easy fix if you have the tools and know how. Still, I take care of my chains. It should have lasted me 20,000+ miles.
- It won't start, and I don't know why. I dropped it off at the dealer, and they're looking at it. My suspicion is it's an electrical; their electrical system is very cutting edge and must still have some bugs. My bike turns over slowly, and won't turn on. Tried jumping it, that didn't work. Valve check has been done. I've owned several bikes and this is a unique problem for me. On my Hondas I was able to fix any problem that came my way, and the motor was solid.
If this were my only transportation, I'd be in a car rental right now. For a sole form of transportation, I'd go with Japanese. Ducati, from my experience, is a luxury, which is why I also have a little Ninja 300 as a back up, which always starts with no problem.
Last edited by 1UglyBastard; 12-09-2015 at 10:24 AM.