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post #21 of 103 Old 10-29-2016, 07:56 PM
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I would do a little more research, searching, reading about the oilers mentioned. The TUTORO works. The Scotts work.
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I have been posting for a while that the secret to chain life is to not worry about cleaning the chain but to lube with every tank of gas and after every ride in the rain. Doing that on my DL650's meant I could realistically expect my chain to last somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 miles. While I expected the same to be true in the V2 I couldn't speak from experience on the matter.

I forgot to post this when it happened a week or two ago but I have over 4,000 miles on the original factory stock chain...

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I know it's a subject for a different thread, and please forgive the hijack, but have you updated us lately regarding your "new" Vee vs Wees of days past? I've not been as faithful here lately, so maybe I've overlooked this, but I'd like to hear what you have to say on the subject. Thanks.


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I do a "deep clean" about every 600-700 miles or after a long trip. I lube the chain frequently in between. With the OEM chain at 25k miles it was incredibly kinked and I was not able to unkink it. It produced a LOT of vibration. Now, I just routinely replace the chain when convenient when I get over 20k miles. I've changed the sprockets twice but they didn't really show any wear... I do have a pretty twitchy right wrist.


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Tom -

I know it's a subject for a different thread, and please forgive the hijack, but have you updated us lately regarding your "new" Vee vs Wees of days past? I've not been as faithful here lately, so maybe I've overlooked this, but I'd like to hear what you have to say on the subject. Thanks.

In a nutshell I think the DL650 is still an amazing bike! Riding the 650 was not really about the bike.. it just faded into the background and it was all about me, the rider, riding the motorcycle. I could js do whatever I wanted and the bike never held me back. (Some people say the Stroms are boring. They aren't boring... they just are ridden by boring riders sometimes.)

The 2014+ DL1000 has many of the same qualities of the DL650 but when riding you are a bit more aware of the bike. The engine is smooth but not as smooth as the DL650. It pulls from 2,000 rpm but because it's bigger you feel the firing pulses more than the DL650. The engine has tons of low end torque so you tend to torque along more as opposed to shifting and revving it. When you do rev it the much greater amount of power is hard to ignore. The brakes are much more powerful and every so often you just feel like using them hard. The suspension is much better so I tend to run faster over a few rough roads. I love the traction control.. it works extremely well in normal mode and adds an extra level of control on wet and slippery roads. I love the dash displays.. "Range to Empty" is one I watch carefully. (On that subject I just took a peak at the fuel mileage on my DL1000 and compared to my 2006 DL650. Over 125,758 miles my 2006 DL650 averaged 45.6 mpg US gallons, over 41,867 miles my 2015 DL1000 has averaged 43.9 mpg USD gallons. That's only about a 4% difference in mileage (although the 100 uses 91 octane vs 87 on the 65.) Too bad the tank size is smaller. (BTW my 2012 DL650 averaged 49.4 mpg US over 86,705 miles.)

Overall I rather like it. I could see going back to the newest version of the 650 but would really have to test ride one to see how the suspension and brakes stack up. Sometimes it is hard to go back.

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Thanks very much Tom, for taking the time...

Very interesting.
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Tom has some very good observations. I agree with them, having had similar experiences. As far as chains go, I ride about 10 thousand miles per year. With my Vee2, I decided to proactively replace the chain and sprockets after 25000 miles. They still had life in them, but wanted the bike to feel new again, prior to a long trip I was taking. A small price to pay for peace of mind and functionality.
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I just noticed that late this past Sunday I turned over 45,000 MILES on my OEM chain (and on the my 2015 DL1000 as well.)

I think it is close to needing it's first tightening since the front sprocket was replaced just short of 18,000 miles (A bit earlier than I should have done but was changing the rear tire so made sense to do then.) Chain looks great!

I don't know if you will be able to zoom in enough and see how dirty the chain area is (sand and salt are common this time of year up here) but it looks pretty typical.



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I just noticed that late this past Sunday I turned over 45,000 MILES on my OEM chain (and on the my 2015 DL1000 as well.)

I think it is close to needing it's first tightening since the front sprocket was replaced just short of 18,000 miles (A bit earlier than I should have done but was changing the rear tire so made sense to do then.) Chain looks great!

I don't know if you will be able to zoom in enough and see how dirty the chain area is (sand and salt are common this time of year up here) but it looks pretty typical.
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Nice, Tom.
How many tires in that time?

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Nice, Tom.
How many tires in that time?
On my 5th rear tire(including the stock one) and my third front tire (including the stock one.) A few of the tire changes were earlier than strictly needed because of upcoming trips, etc. Both front and rear will be changed in 4,000 or so km/2,500 or so miles. Odds are I will also likely do the chain and sprockets at that time as well unless my mechanic thinks the chain is totally fine. (I bought a chain and sprocket kit about a year ago in case my way of lubing the chain didn't work as well on my DL1000 as it did on my DL650's. Turns out to work just as well.. no issues a all.)

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I just hit 3500 miles on my new DL1000 I bought about 4 months ago replacing my 2013 650. I see you changed the front sprocket at 18,000 miles. Is that about what you expected?

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