Got a DL1000 - Comfortable to ride, painful to handle - how to improve my ride?
I bought a VSTROM 1000 from 2004 with 102.000 KM on the clock for $AUD 1600. I was looking for a sporty tourer after a 12 year riding break. So I did not want to spend right away heaps of cash and then give up riding for good.
After doing probably 2000KM on the VSTROM I am surprised how comfortable it is doing long distance rides. I bought a '98 YZF600R for my wife and after riding it for >3 hours I am basically dead.
But what I don't like on my VSTROM is the explosive throttle response. In 1st and 2nd gear I have to twist my wrist 1mm and it jumps. No way of going through a roundabout even in the 2nd gear with heavy clutch involvement. Is that the normal throttle response and is it that hard to dosage?
Another problem is engine vibration and stomping. Like going through a roundabout in the 2nd gear around 2 - 3000 rpm is just painful. I can almost feel when each cylinder goes up and down, pushing the bike like a pushbike. The sweet spot is from 4 - 6000 RPM with almost no vibration and then it gets uncomfortable again.
This is my first 2cylinder bike, so all of that might be what is to expect. So I am asking you guys here, how your VSTROMs perform in these situation.
Also the bike got a large anout of Ks on the odometer, my plan is to take it to the service. Also found with a friend that throttle bodies at idle are out of sync a bit. But failed adjusting as it really hard to get on the adjustment screws if you don't have the right tools.
What are the thoughts here and what should be looked at for such an old VSTROM?