Short summary::| WOW!:| Replacing the clutch basket made a huge improvement to my bike!
This morning my DL1000 had:|174,386km / 108,358 miles. When I got it in July of 2015 the engine reminded me a lot of my 2012 DL650 but with more torque and power. It hasn't felt that
way for a while now. I installed a modified clutch basket that I purchased from Terry at Werksparts:| https://www.werksparts.com/:|
Terry's username on Stromtrooper is "realshelby". Terry is incredibly helpful and makes a great product!:| I met him first time
a few weeks ago at the Ironhorse but in the past he has helped me out with some self-inflicted problems.:|:|
To make sure that I could tell what improvements came from the clutch basket I did almost nothing else to the bike today except for new oil (same as I have been using,) and new coolant (Suzuki stuff but suspect it wouldn't matter) and a new air filter. (The filter I replaced was about as dirty as previous ones and never noticed anything like what I noted below.)
After I installed it I went out for a little round the block and did about 160km/ 100 miles with the new clutch basket. Here are my thoughts:
-definitely less vibration. It is still obvious it's a 1000cc twin but much smoother now and more less buzziness.:|It feels much more refined.
-previously when giving power you could feel it hammering itself. Reminds my of a smaller version of taking off in a gravel road that is ridged (corduroy road.). You give it gas but the rear wheel just jumps up and down and little forward motion happens. Not anymore!
-I think because of above it is noticeably more responsive in roll ons in higher gears. At 60 or 70 mph in 6th it jumps when opening the throttle. Didn't notice that before!
-my serious clutch dragging issues appear fixed. When commuting it has been hard to get it into neutral from first when stopped.:| No issue now!:| Just goes right in. It still clunks but that is fairly typical. All shifting is better! (I'm going to change:| a different viscosity oil before I head off to Utah and BC in July and think that might reduce the clunking.) The clutch just seems to be working properly now.:|
The performance just feels so much better since it just feels right at any rev, and gear and any throttle setting feels so eager to please that it's t hard not to want to twist the throttle to feel it!
If you have a DL1000 with some mileage on it thus is a very worthwhile modification!