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post #11 of 15 Old 07-19-2019, 01:23 PM
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23k your first year that's terrrrific. I know the tire an chain companies are gonna love you.🏍💨
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-22-2019, 03:38 AM
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nice bike! 200k miles is pushing it, wish you well on that one!

How did you like Gaspe? That's my favorite ride!
Thanks! I found a thread for a guy that had 400k+, so he's my inspiration.

Gaspe was awesome, but I need to do that ride again in the summer months up there. I went in late May...it was cold and wet for a lot of my time up there. The roads were awesome though. Riding along the St Lawrence was very scenic.
I rode Gaspe few years ago beginning of July and it was hot but great. Definitely my favorite ride too. In fact going there again in 2 weeks (just after NEVA 2019) starting from Vermont. And the temperature should be perfect. This time want to ride last portion of Labrador Hwy up to Manic -5 and back too. BTW, got my 2015 Wee2 at the beginning of May with 2150 km (1400miles) on it and right now got her up to 12000km (7500miles) and that without any longer, multi days trips. Seems like about 10000km in 10 weeks. As all of my previous V Stroms she is just doing great.
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post #13 of 15 Old 08-19-2019, 02:27 AM
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1 month later and 5000km more and she is ready for replacement with 2017 (sitting already in my garage) very soon.
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-19-2019, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Vinnie, good luck on your mileage-quest! As with you and yours, my '14 DL1000 is the most comfortable bike I have owned. No denying the added comfort of increased legroom.
I have to ask...what are the details of your departed FJ-09? What happened, and why?
I have a friend with one and he'd be interested in your FJ-09 experience.
I missed the notification on this one and never responded.

My FJ09 was a 2015. I took it out to the west coast on a 10k mile round trip ride and it did very well. I began to have starting issues and had the valves checked. They were really out of whack. Just from checking the clearances, we could see the clearances moved somewhere around 15-20 thousandths.

My mechanic found that the valves could rattle inside the head because of very poorly sized valve guides. Since the valves could wiggle in the guides, the seats on the head became rounded off and didn't seal very well (hence the starting difficulties).

Unfortunately, my FJ was down from service for several months (my only ride besides my Honda Grom) because the valves were on worldwide back order. My mechanic and I both thought that was an early indication that there was an issue across the board. We also had a tremendously difficult time finding an available head. Regardless, months later, another bike came to my mechanic (FZ09 same engine) and suffered from an issue called sinking seats, where the seats on the head sink into the head and throw off the positioning/clearance of your valves. After originally diagnosing my FJ09 issues, the head off my bike was reexamined and turned out to have had sunken seats too.

On the FJ09 forum, I shared my experience and riders pretty much argued every single point I ever shared about it, blaming me any opportunity I had and insisted this isn't a widespread issue. I stopped using that forum, after that mutiny. It could have just been a range of 100 bikes affected...who knows. I thought it was worth sharing with the rider community.

FWIW, Yamaha eventually acknowledged the issue for me, which was cool, but I had to ride my V Strom to California to get them to respond lol.

Suzuki V Strom 1000 XT - 25,000 miles. Hoping to rack up 200,000+
Yamaha FJ09 2015 - 37,000 (Blew Up)
Honda Grom 2014 - 15,000 miles
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-22-2019, 05:27 AM
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My personal goal is to see 200k miles on the clock.
the easiest way would putting on the stand with rear wheel up and leave it running for a week or so on second gear
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