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post #1 of 112 Old 07-07-2018, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Dl1000 scary at highway speeds (solved)

Hello i am a new dl1000 rider. I purchased a 2016 leftover. I am finding it a bit scary at highway speeds.has any one else experienced this ? Maybe i need to get used to the tall bike ? Any feedback would be helpful. Thank you.
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I would start with the tire pressures. 36psi F/R is recommended but many heavily laden strommers go up to 42psi rear.
Over-inflated tires cause the bike to seem very skittish. V-Stroms are generally easy to ride and an experienced rider should find one to be quite stable.

Otherwise a roadworthiness check is in order - especially that tires are not out of round by lifting each wheel and spinning it while watching the tire surface carefully.
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It would be helpful if you defined what "scary" meant to you, and what you were experiencing. Weird handling characteristics can be caused by different things (tire type, tire pressure, loose steering head, uneven loading, luggage, windshield, etc). The exact handling characteristics you're experiencing might help narrow it down.

It could very well be just inexperience with this particular type of bike, especially if your previous bike was something like a cruiser.
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Anything up around 200kph is fine but over that my V2 feels very light in the front.

It is the only bike I have owned that I have not been able to find it's absolute top speed.

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As RCinNC has mentioned we can't really give meaningful advice without knowing what you mean by scary.

Is there wobbling when riding in a straight line at higher speeds when there are no other vehicles around? Is it when you are behind transport trucks or other largish vehicles? Crosswinds?

In what way and what situation makes it scary? Have you ridden other bikes in similar situations without issues?

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I would start with the tire pressures. 36psi F/R is recommended but many heavily laden strommers go up to 42psi rear.
Brockie, according to my factory Suzuki Service manual, my owner's manual, and the decal on the right side of my frame, the recommended tire pressures for the '14-'16 DL1000 are 36F, 42R, not 36F/R.
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Hello i am a new dl1000 rider. I purchased a 2016 leftover. I am finding it a bit scary at highway speeds.has any one else experienced this ? Maybe i need to get used to the tall bike ? Any feedback would be helpful. Thank you.
Koto, I went from a 2" lower-seated Corbin-equipped 2000 Kawasaki ZRX1100 to a '14 Vstrom1000 as my main ride. The Vstrom certainly is taller, and it took me a bit to get used to the taller ride height, the 19" front tire, the quicker handling, and the seating position. It didnt take long. 2 weeks with it I was right at home.
Now when I ride the ZRX I feel like I'm way too low, not used to my knees in my field of vision. Now the ZRX isnt as comfortable as I remembered it.
The Vstrom1000 is a whole 'nother riding experience, and you'll get used to it.
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Brockie, according to my factory Suzuki Service manual, my owner's manual, and the decal on the right side of my frame, the recommended tire pressures for the '14-'16 DL1000 are 36F, 42R, not 36F/R.
Strange. According to my older model DL1000 WS manual it is 36/36 for Solo riding and 36/41 for dual riding. Perhaps different years, for some obscure reason, differ.

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You mention a left over 2016. New out of the box? Maybe the set up is not quite correct and things like the steering head bearings may not be right and the chain alignment may be off.
And maybe a lot of loose bolts?
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