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post #1 of 95 Old 10-31-2016, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Idle Hammer revisited

My 2014 DL1000A has developed a serious Idle Hammer since the first 1000km service. I have read numerous threads about this phenomenon and all sorts of theories. From the oil filter being the cause to crankshaft wobbling, motor oil additives etc. etc. Many threads have posted video clips, but none of them really sounds like mine. A deep tock-tock-tock sound when the engine is idling.

The first 5 seconds of this video clip is with a cold engine, the last 5 seconds with a warm engine. Use headset or good speakers to really hear what it is about. Please tell me if this is seriuous or if I just should ignore it.

I have rised the issue with Suzuki, and I have a preliminary answer from them. I will post the Suzuki verdict here if you really think I should persue the matter further against them. My DL1000A only has 5000km on the odo, so no reason to think it is worn. I also use Liqui Moly 10W-60 fully synthetic on this clip.

Since this is my first posting here, I'm not allowed to add the URL for the clip. But you will find it on youtube if you search for "DL1000A_IH".
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Does it do it as badly with 10W-40?

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I have two 2014 V2s and both of them hammer. One is really bad. I had a 2008 DL1000 and it also hammered. Suzuki won't fix it and they don't care. They say it is "normal". They could fix it but they don't want to deal with it. It's no indication that something is going to fail. Just ignore it and enjoy one of the best motorcycles ever made. I've had 49 motorcycles so far and this is my favorite. Since I decided to ignore the hammer, it doesn't even bother me anymore. It's just part of the deal. Hope you can enjoy yours as much as I do mine. By the way, this is a great forum, so, stay tuned.
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It's not associated with any oil brand and discussing brands is forbidden outside the big oil thread so let's stop the oil part of the discussion.

Try checking this thread. https://www.stromtrooper.com/v-strom-...und-fixed.html

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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I was not intent on starting an oil discussion and mentioned no brand. I only noticed the OP was using a non-standard viscosity and was curious if he noticed the same problem with the recommended viscosity. I could care less what someone chooses to put in THEIR bike. But thanks for the warning?

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The one thing that made a major difference in the idle hammer was having the throttle bodies synced, that made a day and night difference and has not returned since having it done, when I bought the bike it didn't hammer at all and it wasn't until it had about 1K miles on it that it started to develop, after having no luck with Suzuki and them coming back and saying "Your the only one with this issue" and "they are supposed to make that noise" I decided to take it on my self to resolve, after spending some time thinking about it I realized that on the V twins with a lighter flywheel that they would be more prone to kick back at low rpm's especially if the throttle bodies are not carefully synced, I had a mechanic friend at the Suzuki dealership carefully sync the throttle bodies and it was amazing afterwards that it was back to sounding like when I bought it.

As the engine breaks in and the rings seat there can be a slight change in the sync of the carbs, as you bring them back in to sync the engine stops fighting it's self and pulls evenly through both bodies smoothing out the idle and reducing if not stopping the knock.

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There is a "fix" for it, but I will wait and see if that person speaks up.

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The person claiming to have a fix has been banned here for repeatedly advertising without paying. If anything further comes out, it may happen at VSRI, but not here. This site is a commercial enterprise.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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I don't notice mine much anymore. Got used to it.
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The person claiming to have a fix has been banned here for repeatedly advertising without paying. If anything further comes out, it may happen at VSRI, but not here. This site is a commercial enterprise.
That isn't who I was talking about Pat.

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