Shortly before the 08CCR, I performed the usual services before the ride.
For some time now, since the replacement of the 02 sensor, she's not been 100% like she was coming out of the shop from a major being performed.
Additionally, when parked on her sidestand and left for a bit, she would smoke worse than a train. Embarassing to say the least.
I happended by my favorite Master Tech to review and he suggested using the NGK Iridium Plugs, which I picked up from him for $45 for the set of 4.
I also had planned to swap out oils this time around and go with Amsoil 20-50 (link: http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/mcv.aspx
After swapping out the plugs (no adjustments made), I could see an immediate difference in the way the bike started up. Crisper, Sharper and more responsive.
As for the oil change over... Initially I did hear alittle more engine than previously, but it was after the ride out to Midway, UT (approx 10 hours) is when I really saw a big difference.
First, parking the bike on the sidestand all the time while there, she not once smoked upon startup. And the drip leak I had coming from underneath were engine and transfer case is located, stopped all together as well.
Secondly, doing incremental rides while at Midway, she was quite and smooth and I just could'nt beleive the improvements I acheived from two simple changes.
The bike does run better, but probably still needs the valves adjusted being its been about 10k since the last adjustment.
But I'm a Major Happy Camper now.
The only minor downside to using the NGK plugs over the Bosh is you have to use a different size (smaller) socket, as the tool pouch socket is to big. Just another tool for the road.
Again, minor inconvenience for such an improvment.