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Old 06-20-2012, 08:21 AM
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Default 2012 DL650A Issues List

Most of these problems are commonly spoken of but I wanted to voice the issues as I see them with my new 2012 DL650A (Vstrom 650 adventure).

Luggage locks are terrible - have to jiggle the key to get it to set properly before turning it, nickel plating on lock barrel is already flaking off, there is no convenient way securing the luggage lids without having to lock them.

Luggage rattles when going over small bumps, especially when the luggage boxes are empty.

Ignition key is GIGANTIC why does it have to be so large. Its at least twice the size of my car key. I'm afraid it's going to punch a hole in my pocket.

There is a vibration that occurs somewhere between 4-5k rpm that is a bit too noticeable in comparison to the rest of the ride quality. Some people say it's because of the engine guard, I have no idea.

The seat is uncomfortable for interstate driving - it has a slight forward facing angle too it that cause me to sit almost on the crux between the tank and the seat. This is good for urban riding but not on the highway. I would prefer if the driver seat area were completely flat so that I could use the wider portion of the seat while on the interstate.

Thats it for my gripes list - every other aspect of the bike is an absolute pleasure.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:27 AM
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I had no problem with the Suzuki bags on my 04. Yours may need some adjustment. The key may be stiff because it is new, try some graphite.
The key is Ginormous since 10 years ago, unlikely to change. It's easy to find in your pocket that way.
The seat is easily fixed with the aftermarket specialists. Everyone is slightly different in posture and shape. They settled on what is a long time ago too.
I use an Air Hawk. Other's 'junk' gets in the way..
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:21 AM
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I have a positive angle on the key. I keep mine an a pull apart keychain like this with the ignition key on one ring and luggage, lock, etc. keys on the other end.


With the long ignition key on the short end of the chain, the dangling piece stays above the ignition module and doesn't beat it up.
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My issues list so far: I wish the panels were easier to remove and re-engage. I would have really liked more slack in the handlebar controls to allow for risers and handlebar changes. I wish the stock seat didn't cant forward and push me towards the tank.
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Those Air Hawk seats look sweet, and much cheaper than a complete seat.

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I had no problem with the Suzuki bags on my 04. Yours may need some adjustment. The key may be stiff because it is new, try some graphite.
The key is Ginormous since 10 years ago, unlikely to change. It's easy to find in your pocket that way.
The seat is easily fixed with the aftermarket specialists. Everyone is slightly different in posture and shape. They settled on what is a long time ago too.
I use an Air Hawk. Other's 'junk' gets in the way..
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Thats a great idea. I think I'll pick one of those up soon.

[quote=greywolf;824949]I have a positive angle on the key. I keep mine an a pull apart keychain like this with the ignition key on one ring and luggage, lock, etc. keys on the other end.
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My issues list so far: I wish the panels were easier to remove and re-engage. I would have really liked more slack in the handlebar controls to allow for risers and handlebar changes. I wish the stock seat didn't cant forward and push me towards the tank.
My main 3 issues, also.

The oil filter being so exposed seems like engineering/ design laxity to me, too.
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My main 3 issues, also.

The oil filter being so exposed seems like engineering/ design laxity to me, too.
That is nothing new on the 2012, that is why there are skidplates available.
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My only real issue was my rear axle threads were galled, but Suzuki replaced.

And yes, the locks on the aluminum bags are heinous
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I only have a few issues with my DL2012A.

First is the seat. It is horrible! I am 47 and have owned 13 Motorcycles and this saddle is the worst I have ever seen. I bought and AirHawk Seat Cushion, but now I am forced into the tank while riding because of the downward angle of the stock saddle. This weekend I plan to take off the cover and remove some foam to make the saddle more flat.

As others have stated the ignition key is stupid big.

The stock windshield will not go high enough for tall riders. It was barely tall enough till I got the seat cushion. So I had to buy a taller windshield..

That's it. Besides for those issues this is the best bike I have ever had.
Just put a better saddle on them!
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