Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Glad that you like it.
The rear cylinder is actually the easy one for valve clearance checks. Just have to make sure the hoses and wiring are out of the way.
Now the front cylinder, that's where the event really starts. It pretty much requires removing the radiator and the fairings. But at least it enforces doing a coolant change on a regular basis. Its not hard, it's just time consuming. I had never done anything like it before and I managed to figure it out.
Check that the sprockets installed on the bike are the stock size (17T front and 41T back). They are often modified to improve low end performance since many believe that Suzuki geared it too high stock, myself included. Previous owner may have changed the gearing, but didn't change the calibration. Since speed is measured off the front sprocket, it needs to be calibrated for any changes.
Either way you can buy a SpeedoDRD to calibrate the speedometer, and they make one that fits the DL1000 so it's mostly plug and play besides configuring it, which is weird to do, but you only have to do it once. Very easy to install, since the speed sensor connector is next to the rear cylinder near the battery.
Note that the speedometer and odometer are not 1:1. The odometer is actually somewhat accurate, so changing the speedometer to be more accurate will change your odometer accuracy. Keep that in mind.
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2007 V-Strom DL1000 (current!)
1999 Honda Shadow VT1100C (2016-2017)
2003 Yamaha V-Star 650 (2012-2016)