Six Months in - What has irked me about my VanVan?
Alright, generally, I am happy with my VanVan, it's a fun to ride, and I get a lot of compliments on it. Buuuuut, I do have a few things that have annoyed me. Realize that this is my first bike...
1) Corrosion/rust. I live on an island, but I don't expect to see rust *anywhere* in just six months. Now, it's not on anything significant, but the nets holding the exhaust heat shield, the O2 sensor, and the screws holding the headlight assembly together have all gone serious rusty.
2) Brakes. My brake pads need replacing. I've had the bike for 6 months, and put 1600 miles on it. There is no way I should be replacing brake pads this quickly, but they're paper thin. Admittedly, I'm a fat guy, and my riding is mostly stop-and-go commuting, but I still think it's insane for them to need replacing so quickly. Dealer insists it's a wear item, so not covered under warranty.
3) My dealer's service department. Is it because it's a small bike? Or that I'm obviously ignorant about bikes in general? I don't know, but they are downright rude and dismissive every time I talk to them. I've found a smaller shop, that actually seem interested and appreciative of my business, but I'm still kinda boggled by the dealership service dept attitude. (note that the parts and sales guys at the same dealership have been awesome.)