DWGCOOKS! There is a post with photos about it some way back - have a trawl backwards through the thread if you're interested. We kind of accepted that the original first gen bikes had the gearbox problems. They have a large CPI logo in a black circle on the clutch basket. The newer "mk2" bikes have a small, feint grey CPI logo on the clutch basket. I have heard of a few of the 1st generation bikes having gearbox failures, and I have not heard of any of the second gen bikes having that problem. Not all bikes of the first run have had the problem though. As RK points out, his bike is first gen with a lot of KMs and it is still going strong. The other bikes I heard of jammed before 10,000km. I know RK hammers the shit out of it too.
If it were me, I'd simply get a new one. $120,000 isn't a lot of money if you're on a halfway decent salary and/or single, and you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing where it's been. That peace of mind is worth $50k if you ask me. Hell, I bought mine when I was supporting myself, my wife and a kid and earning about $80k a month. I haven't regretted it once. The things I love about the CPI are that it's cheap, it handles like a pushbike so you can really mess around on it and act the fool, and also it is safer than a bike with 100+ hp. 19 horse at the wheel sounds shit, and it is, so you're not going to kill yourself so easily on it (unless the gearbox eats itself).
You chaps who already have one, my bike had a problem today. I tried to turn the wheel to back it out of a space and I couldn't turn the bars left. What had happened was the anti-tamper bolts that hold the lock barrel under the top yoke had loosened and one had fallen out. The lock barrel moved down, causing the steering lock to come on. Imagine if it had happened while I was riding... doesn't bear thinking about. I'd advise you to check your bikes. I think the bolts must have simply shaken loose.
Any riding going on this weekend. Its fully pissing down as I type this. RK I know you said you favour Sundays, but I'm really keen to ride down to Hsinchu and have a look at Michael's CPI shop before heading to the mountains. Any time this summer would be good, doesn't have to be this month.
Pommes King, any news on your bike and/or that number plate?
Just remembered, I want to give a very strong positive report back of my Pirelli Sport Demon front tyre. I don't have a lot of experience with tyres and I've never been on the track. I've also only tried the standard Maxxis tyres and this Pirelli. Anyway, for a novice like me, the new tyre is clearly better than the standard tyre. It feels a bit more stable on the throttle and also steers quickly. What I can't explain is how much confidence it gives me to lay the bike over. Confidence I never had on the original tyre. I don't know if it would be described as feedback or just grip, but really I feel much safer and more confident hitting corners faster and at a greater angle of lean and I haven't changed anything else. I definitely recommend the tyre, at least for novice road riders like myself.