Spa day for the Warthog (Major maintenance on a DL1K)
Spa day for the Warthog
Bit of a repeat from another thread, but I thought I'd post a thread for a spruce-up of my V-Strom, aka "The Warthog". So named for it's homely appearance, this is the bike you love not so much for looks, but for character and personality.
in 2006 I bought this bike sight unseen from a guy in Portland Oregon: A 2003 Suzuki V-Strom 1000, the one pictured in my avatar. It had been fitted out with Happy Trails bags and crash bars and taken to Panama and back by the PO, had been lightly lowsided on each side a few times, is a little dented here and there, a little rashed. I lived near Boston at the time, and flew out a couple of times a year and toured the northwest, often with my brother who lived near Portland. I've put about 20K on the bike like this, all around Oregon and Washington, out as far as Glacier National Park, up through Alberta and a little bit of BC, down and back to SFO twice, and then down through Oregon and Utah to Tuscon Arizona, where it has been for a year and a half or so. I've pretty well lapped Arizona on it, and then this spring rode it up here through Death Valley and along Highway 1 via Morro Bay. It's got about 53K miles on it by now.
I haven't really neglected this bike to any bad extent, it's had regular oil changes and tires, valves were checked at about 45K miles, filters have been done a few times. I had a shop in PDX do some clutch basket repairs to cure the chudder, and also installed an upgraded shock spring and spacer and uprated fork springs and added a PowerCommander USB to fix the lean fueling issues it had stock. But other than that the bike has had very little love, and that is a departure for me - my bikes are usually in pretty top running order. This bike was just 3000 miles away from me and my tools for 50 weeks a year and so it was often 'ridden hard and put away wet'. It frankly owes me nothing - I've had such tremendous adventures on it, and it's been very reliable. If it blew up I'd give it a hug and a viking funeral and be glad for it. But it needs a good going-over before it goes back to Arizona, tires, brakes, better accessory wiring, a lot of cleaning and lubrication, and more.
I just did hydraulic fluid swap last weekend plus rear brake pads and put on a newly-recharged stock shock that was reworked by Jay Jobes (aka Sasquatch). This week I will pull off the wheels, clean and check the wheels and bearings, get the tires mounted and balanced, and see about the chain and sprockets. There's a fairing crack to repair, and I might update the PCIII map, and a bunch of other odds and ends like plugs, filters, TB sync, etc.
Last night I repaired a stripped oil drain plug, and I'll detail that next.
Nils Menten - Tucson, AZ, USA
R1200GS, DL1K3 SOLD, CBX, DRZ
I have a motorcycle problem.