Well, since it says in the book to maintain more often if rode in rain etc..... and I have been in atleast one real bad rain, just thought I'd take a look at it.
But dont think I will bother with it for now.
Thanks for the input.
I have replaced the air filters on three Wings at around 16000 miles and the filters on all three were still green and could have gone at least another 16000 miles. I am going to replace my filter at around 35000 miles but I would recommend at least looking inside the air box at least once a season.
You can look inside the air box when you have the top shelter off by removing the intake snorkel and looking in the hole. It's only one screw to remove the intake snorkel and it's a good idea to check the air box to make sure mice haven't moved in and built a nest on top of the air filter. I had a mouse build a nest in my trucks air box and I drive it everyday.
I agree that 12k miles is a bit too soon. However, those who've said it was still green might be missing the true condition of the filter. Air filters can look brand new, but when you shine a very bright light through them, they can be quite clogged. Next time you change it, take the new and old and hold them up so you can see the sun through them. This will tell you how dirty the old one is.
If you remove the OEM filter, you should replace it. Whenevery you remove it, you compromise the integrity of the seal and could create a path for dirt to get into the engine.
K&N filters are probably a different story, I have never used one, so I can't say for sure.