Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: SW Kansas - Hugoton
I had my dealer do mine, just for the simple fact if I scratched any paint, or dropped the fender or fork and chipped the powdercoat, it was on me. If they scratch it,.. they fix it (infact that was the selling point my service manager sold me on when quizzing him about it when I was weighing my options of doing it myself).
Its simple to do yourself, but only cost me $175 to have the dealer do it for me. Its like a 3 hour job, and they will usually replace your seals just because, then oil. That was all included in the $175 they charged me. To do it yourself, I would plan on 4-5 hours since its new and you want to be careful. All you take off is the nache or whatever they call it around your gauges, take off your fender, front tire, axle, then its only like 2 bolts to drop the lower sliders off once they are drained. The cowbells or uppers are whats kind of a pain, because they are kinda hard to get to and if memory serves their might be more up top. I know that they didn't have to take off either the outer or inner fairing, its a fairly straight forward job. The ABS has nothing to do with it, its just like changing the forks out on a non ABS bike.
In my situation, it was just easier to drop it off one day, pay a little money, and pick it up ready to ride with no worries.
For a wounded man shall say to his assailant,
'If I live, I will kill you. If I die, You are forgiven.'
Such is the rule of honor.