Well, as most of you know I have been battling with my 04 Factory that I bought on e-bay and Friday I almost rolled it off a overpass I was so mad. I took the bike into work (Norfolk VA) as I was planning on shooting to Delaware right after work to see my kids. I got everything done early and had to shoot to Va beach and pick up a few things and I was off. Well, not on the Aprilia! The whole way to Va beach the bike was chugging. By chugging I mean even holding the throttle constant the bike would buck and jerk. This would happen at 50-80 mph in any gear. By the time I got 3/4 of the way there I could hardly keep the bike on. It would stall (at60mph) and I would have to pull the clutch in and let it back out to restart the bike, then it would be fine for a few minutes and start all over again. I was in the left lane the first time it happened so I tried to accelerate and get over but when I hit the gas the bike just shook and died (almost got me hit by a truck) Then it would buck real hard and almost snatch the grips out of my hand! This went on for the rest of the ride (5 miles) I put the bike away, but I am so upset. My wife wants me to get rid of it before it ends up costing more than its worth. I noticed that it would start happening on about half a tank of gas, once I dill up it goes away for a bit.
Here is some back ground:
I lost my R1 in Hurricane Katrina. I use the bike a lot so I had to get an immediate replacement. I combed the internet for a "like new Factory" I bought one from Salt Lake City motor sport with 3000 miles on it, like new, showroom condition bla bla bla. The bike arrives an it looks a little tattered but not a big deal, I could handle the clean up. Upon further inspection started noticing all kinds of things that made me think this bike is abused, I made a post about it titled "my factory has more miles that I thought". With that the bike has an evo air box mod and a red filter, which was so caked up I don't know how any air got through. One day, I cleaned the air filter and changed the oil (which was sooo dark!) with some syntec. the bike rode great for a trip down to Delaware and half way back (200 miles) since then after about 20 minutes of riding the chugging starts, and now its unbearable. I ended up having to take the 04 GSXR that I am bike sitting back down to Va since the Ape is half dead. My wife is really getting on me cause I spent so much on the Ape and this GSXR for half the $$ is running great.
Should I try and contact the dealer that sold me the bike? Should I just put some pipes on because my guess is that who ever had it had pipes and the evo mod and took the pipes off right before he traded it in but left the map and air box the way they were. Should I just trailer it to a Aprilia shop and write them a blank check or should I cut my losses and trade it in on a new bike? My friend with a 01 RSVR has not had one issue!!! he has 3 times the mileage as me!
I really need help! My girlfriend freaked out when I told her I was selling April (bikes name) and thinks I should get her to a dealer and get her fixed, why am I paying $10,500 for a bike that’s suppose to be like new and putting it right into a shop? I think that’s bull and from the beginning is one of things I have hated about this bike, I hasn’t run right from day one, I don’t even know what right feels like since I have never had a twin before. I need reliable transportation. I am in the Navy so I don’t make much money so I am trying to figure out what it is before I make a decision.