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post #1 of 55 Old 03-14-2017, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought a new 2014

I was finally able to close the deal on a new 2014 DL1000 today. It has all of 3 miles on it and has the full warranty.

Before I pick it up in a few days the dealer is installing a new battery. They say there is no concern about the tires being 3 years old since they've not been exposed to the sun or any other weather.

It has the J10 ECU and it'll only be updated with the J11 if there's a proven issue and Suzuki okays it.

I also need to look into any recalls on the bike and make sure they're addressed too.

Is there anything else reasonable I should ask the dealer to do/check before I take delivery?

I'm hoping it's at least 40F when it's time to bring the bike home so I can ride it home, otherwise it's coming home on my trailer.

As much as I tried, I just could not convince myself to buy the FJ-09. It was a lot of fun to ride short distances but my gimpy knees and lower back much preferred the V-Strom. I also didn't care for the digital tachometer and brutal glare off the cluster when the sun was at my back.

My 2012 DL650 was ergonomically excellent after changing the bars, installing risers, lowering pegs, mirror extenders, a Givi Airflow shield etc and I expect the DL1000 will need similar attention possibly including a G2 throttle tamer (I felt like a real newbie on the 1000 with the way the throttle first comes on). The only thing my 650 was missing was a bit of giddy-up and go.

I've already hit Richland Rick's site tonight to order some of the goodies. I need to find a good place to order a new Givi V56 top case and rack. Looks like ordering from Italy is the cost effective way to go if a few week wait isn't an issue, and at this point in the season it's not.

Wish me luck!
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Nice bike! Way to go!

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I've already hit Richland Rick's site tonight to order some of the goodies. I need to find a good place to order a new Givi V56 top case and rack. Looks like ordering from Italy is the cost effective way to go if a few week wait isn't an issue, and at this point in the season it's not.

Wish me luck!
Motostorm is your friend. I bought all my Givi stuff from there and saved hundreds.


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Congrats on the new bike, very exciting.

I am sure they did the recall on it long ago so that should not be a worry.

When you go to pick it up, check to see if the engine is cold, then start it up just to be sure the idle is OK. Do not rev the engine and see if it sounds like it is going to stall out. Mine does that, and it is easy to rev the engine a few times to get around it, but the bike should be capable of idling from cold without that. That is an ECM issue since there is no idle adjustment.

Brake and clutch fluid is supposed to be replaced every 2 years, so yours is a year past due unless they flushed it for you. It doesn't matter if the bike is ridden or not, the Fluid picks up moisture over time. The oil should be fine, same with coolant.

My dealer told me not to clean the white lithium grease off the chain until after the first 500km.

Regarding the Italian connection, it is best to wait for a sale over there, otherwise you end up paying close to the same as here. I found prices at Fortnine to be very close, even a few bucks cheaper for the Givi 58 litre topbox I bought, all expenses included.
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Regarding the Italian connection, it is best to wait for a sale over there, otherwise you end up paying close to the same as here. I found prices at Fortnine to be very close, even a few bucks cheaper for the Givi 58 litre topbox I bought, all expenses included.
I'm seeing about $250 difference currently for the 58 litre topbox ($346 for Motostorm vs. $593 from Fortnine)

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I'm seeing about $250 difference currently for the 58 litre topbox ($346 for Motostorm vs. $593 from Fortnine)
Is that $593 canadian bucks with free shipping? and is that $346 USD before shipping and any duties when it arrives? I was dinged an extra $65 to import it, but this may be just a Canadian thing, couriers love to rob from the poor as often as possible.

I just mentioned the price because when I added it all up Fortnine was a few bucks cheaper for me.
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Is that $593 canadian bucks with free shipping? and is that $346 USD before shipping and any duties when it arrives? I was dinged an extra $65 to import it, but this may be just a Canadian thing, couriers love to rob from the poor as often as possible.

I just mentioned the price because when I added it all up Fortnine was a few bucks cheaper for me.
Ah, I see. Fortnine is in Canadian dollars, didn't realize that. I hear ya about couriers robbing you. I paid $346 + around $30 shipping for my case. There are no import fees to the US for motorcycle accessories. I've been buying from Motostorm for years and have never had to pay any import fees.

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Congrats on the new bike. I have the same year model and I love it. I just put a throttle tamer on but have not had good enough weather to ride. The wind has been kicking up something fierce. Ride on!

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Congrats. I too just got the exact same bike a couple of weeks ago but have only ridden it twice due to weather and now I am away on vacation. I had the same worries as you about the fluids and I am having the brake fluid changed with the 1st oil change at 600 miles
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Congrats. I've had the same bike for 2 years and am loving it. No ECU problems, idle hammer, etc. Just a lot of fun riding.
Have a blast.
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