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Old 08-24-2012, 03:47 PM
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You want an uncomfortable ride? Try a Boulevard, 2006 (S50).

So far I have minimal complaints about the bike as a whole and in general. It's ergonomically designed with the "average" rider in mind, and it performs like a pretty well tuned 650. I do notice the slight vibration at 48K rpms or so, which is probably a balance issue inherent to all or most of these motors, and unfortunately amplified by accessories on some machines to an uncomfortable degree.

If I were Suzuki, I would consider investigating that buzz/vibration issue if anything.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:44 AM
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Why isn't there a front axle removal tool in the tool kit?
I mean, these are "dual-sport" bikes, and some of us have to repair flats when we're not exactly in civilization. Some of us even repair flats when we are in civilization...but, no way to get the front wheel off unless I go buy a tool.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:26 AM
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i have found nothing wrong that is not the same with every other bike i've owned. seats always suck is a given. long key don't bother me as i keep it on a small binner and hook it to my helmet d ring when i'm off the bike and the helmet goes with me. graphite works. my bags are never on the bike unless loaded. if my tent is up, my bags are in it. i personally don't like the way the chain adjuster works...for the one time i've needed to adj, but this too will pass. this bike is a near perfect as any i've owned!
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:02 AM
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Why isn't there a front axle removal tool in the tool kit?
I mean, these are "dual-sport" bikes, and some of us have to repair flats when we're not exactly in civilization. Some of us even repair flats when we are in civilization...but, no way to get the front wheel off unless I go buy a tool.
Tubeless tyres ?. Tyre repairs are usually done with stringy plugs or similar with no need to remove the tyre. Unless you carry a tube and some means of removing the tubeless valve stem removing the front wheel gains you nothing.

Do so much damage that a plug won't work and you probably need a truck, not a front axle tool.

As a hint though, buy a bolt and a couple of nuts the right size and make your own removal tool if you need one.

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Old 12-21-2012, 02:02 PM
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Do so much damage that a plug won't work and you probably need a truck, not a front axle tool.
I always carry a tube, and a large, stiff patch, so I could make it out of the trails back to civilization even if I cut a big chunk out of the tire. I guess I'm probably a bit overprepared, but, my past of riding out in the desert does that to a person.

I FINALLY found a 12 mm hex at a NAPA auto parts store, of all places...
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:39 PM
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Sears has 12mm hex tools too. I cut mine up to make the remains useful with a ratchet and 12mm socket. I always carry a socket set.
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Sears has 12mm hex tools too. I cut mine up to make the remains useful with a ratchet and 12mm socket. I always carry a socket set.
I started at Sears...just bad luck, I guess! I first went to a Suzuki Motorcycle dealership, who said they'd order one for me, but, I wanted to work on the front forks that night, not wait a week and pay a bunch more than I figured a bit at some other store would cost (which the dealer confirmed...he suggested I go buy the piece somewhere for less than 1/2 the price he'd charge...I thanked him for his honesty). So, I went to Auto Zone, Ace Hardware, Lowe's, Home Depot, O'Reilly's, Pep Boys, and one specialty store that had one...but, I would have to buy an entire kit to get it. Finally, I was really surprised the NAPA guy took one out of a kit and sold it to me, while he ordered a single 12mm replacement piece that he was going to put back in his kit when it came in. Great customer service! And, I got to work on my forks that day after all!
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:03 PM
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I always carry a tube, and a large, stiff patch, so I could make it out of the trails back to civilization even if I cut a big chunk out of the tire. I guess I'm probably a bit overprepared, but, my past of riding out in the desert does that to a person.

I FINALLY found a 12 mm hex at a NAPA auto parts store, of all places...
Unless you can pop and reseat the bead in the field a tube is still no use to you. Wait until the tire is near worn and try to remove the damned thing yourself. Pick a warm day and It'll be at it's most flexible.

If do you get a flat it'll be a new tyre and a cold day [in hell] and much harder than in your garage. I used to replace tubes when I rode dirt bikes - it's not so easy on these things.

I'm saying you shouldn't do this, just warning you that there are 'issues' that make anything but a plug pretty difficult. My guess would be that at least a set of quality ratchet straps will also be needed.

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:03 AM
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Captain Obvious would like to bring up the 10% speedo difference. The math is second nature now, but it'd still be nice to have an accurate readout. The $95 service manual... well...
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I have had my 2012 DL650 Adventure for about 5 weeks and almost 3000 miles. So far I must say I am very happy with this bike. I agree the locks on the panniers are junk. And graphite is messy. Suzuki did not design these locks or bags though. I blame Trax. I have taken to leaving the bags at home unless I need them for a specific reason. I have a Givi trunk and that handles most of my storage needs on a daily basis. I ride my bike to work, so I need to be able to store a jacket, overpants, rain gear, a spare face shield, and a few other odds and ends. I dislike the Trax bags and it makes me wonder if I would not have been better off to get the regulare DL650 and then add my own bags - I had Happy Trails on my DL1000 and they were great. I may eventually retire these bags and add something else... Again, I don't blame Suzuki for the locks or bags.

As for the seat, I think it is pretty good. No complaints here. The windshield with the little spoiler works great. Suspension is compliant.

Before buying the DL650, I set out to buy an NC700X DCT/ABS model. I test rode it, and liked it, but I did not like the seat on it, I thought the pegs were too high, and the suspension seemed like it was pretty cheap. Then when you add in the cost of Honda's accessories.... I decided to go look at the V-Strom. I took it for a test ride and fell in love.

I really would have like to have the DCT transmission, though. I hope Suzuki is working on developing something like that.
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