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post #1 of 17 Old 03-24-2019, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Speed, gear and OD

I'm a new owner of a '12 DL1000 - just getting used to it. My former bike was a Concours so I'm unaccustomed to the gear ratios of the VStrom. I notice that the Strom acceerates well, faster and smoother in lower gears and at higher RPMs. I also notice that in the higher gears more speed is needed to maintain adequate acceleration in the next highest gear. Overdrive seems to be useless at speeds less than 60. Is this all normal for this engine? Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-25-2019, 12:26 AM
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I have the same machine. Sounds about right to me.
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Sounds normal. Some change to a 16 tooth counter sprocket to make 6th gear more useful and to improve slow speed response.

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Thanks for the quick replies!
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Different style of bikes, your old bike liked low revs where it had high torque, the vstrom enjoys the revs a lot more sporty!
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Yup. Everyone pretty much feels the same.

I'm pretty sure the most common modification is keeping the 17 front sprocket and moving to a 43 in the rear (two teeth more). This gives a very nice boost in usability and poke at sane speeds while keeping a serene warp speed cruise capability.

You also will need a SpeedoDRD to correct the speedo readings. Stock, the speedo reads about 7 or 8% high, and a 43 rear puts you at about 10 - 11% correction needed.

The DL1000 engine vibrates very little at high RPM, so there's not much reason to chug it hawg-style.

At some point, your Vee's OD light will start to randomly go off and on when on the highway. This really harshes the mellow at night, so I installed a "TRE" widget that fools the computer into believing that the bike is in fourth gear at all times, and thus removes the programmed power restrictions. I don't care about the higher top speed and all that; I mainly appreciate how the widget disables that damn furshlugginer BRIGHT GREEN OD light.

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Yup. Everyone pretty much feels the same.

I'm pretty sure the most common modification is keeping the 17 front sprocket and moving to a 43 in the rear (two teeth more). This gives a very nice boost in usability and poke at sane speeds while keeping a serene warp speed cruise capability.

You also will need a SpeedoDRD to correct the speedo readings. Stock, the speedo reads about 7 or 8% high, and a 43 rear puts you at about 10 - 11% correction needed.

The DL1000 engine vibrates very little at high RPM, so there's not much reason to chug it hawg-style.

At some point, your Vee's OD light will start to randomly go off and on when on the highway. This really harshes the mellow at night, so I installed a "TRE" widget that fools the computer into believing that the bike is in fourth gear at all times, and thus removes the programmed power restrictions. I don't care about the higher top speed and all that; I mainly appreciate how the widget disables that damn furshlugginer BRIGHT GREEN OD light.
Yep, I went with a 43T rear when I replaced the chain and it made the bike a lot more usable and fun. It makes you realize the engine still making decent amount of torque. I took a small hit of MPG at 80 mph, but its like 2 MPG tops, and that's not factoring in the recalibrated speedo (I did it slightly different, intentionally), gas quality, wind and error. The 1000 already doesn't get amazing MPG, so its not worth losing sleep over. No road vehicle gets great MPG at 80+ anyway.

Also I didn't realize that the 2002 has an actual OD light. Seems like Suzuki actually did their homework when they redesigned the cluster for '04, as they moved it to the LCD so its more low key. Not that I would notice, as I also have TRE.

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Does a 16 T front sprocket correct the speedometer readout???
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When riding, don't worry too much about your actual speed - except for making sure you don't exceed the posted limit. It's the RPM counter that is your best friend.

Engine performance is related to RPMs. This is a two-cylinder bike that needs to rev considerably more than your four or six cylinder car. Heck, even idle is relatively high at 1300 RPM or so. (Four cylinder car engines idle at 900 RPM or so.)

For best torque and spirited response you will want to be in the 4000 to 7000 RPM band. When cruising along, you can go up in the gears to lower the RPMs, but between 2500 and 3000 it won't have any power excess (so you can't really accelerate) and below about 2500 it just bogs down. So when you're cruising along at, say 2700 RPM, and you want to accelerate for some reason, first drop a gear or two.

For best fuel economy, when cruising along select the highest gear possible, but don't let the RPM get below about 2500.

As far as the speedo and odo meter correction is concerned, this depends on the bike. There may be exceptions but as far as I understand, on non-ABS bikes both the speedo and odometer get their input from a sensor on the front sprocket. So going to a different front/rear sprocket combination has an impact on odo/speedo, but you will only notice this when you calibrate the odo/speedo against an independent speed source such as a GPS. On ABS-equipped bikes the odo/speedo gets its input from the ABS rotor on the front wheel. So it's independent of what you do to the front/rear sprocket.

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I just discovered why my speedo readings are so far off. The P.O. installed a 45T rear sprocket!!!!!!!
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