Who has a DL650 still running with over 200,000km/125,000miles - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011 DL650 from 2004-2006 (K4-K6) and DL650 or DL650A from 2007-2011 (K7-L1)

 25Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
MountainLagoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Posts: 531
Who has a DL650 still running with over 200,000km/125,000miles

Hello,

Does anyone own a DL650 with over 200,000km/125,000miles and you are still using it as your regular ride?

If so what were your major breakdowns/replacements over the years and recommended parts to keep an eye on at high mileages?

I am curious how long it can last with proper maintenance..

My riding style/type is long haul cruising with pillion, usually riding in moutain areas, plus daily average condition dirt roads.

2010 DL650A - black
MountainLagoon is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 11:27 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Monument, Colorado
Posts: 151
There is at least one:

wera688's thread on vstrom.info is the place to look, I think I saw that he is nearer to 200k miles now ...

100,000 mile K3 DL1000 writeup

his is a 1k but its a good start
tpak is offline  
post #3 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 11:34 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Phinhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bristol, Florida
Posts: 279
Our local Suzuki mechanic told me of a DL1000 that went over 100k that he serviced. He added this into his, "You are wasting my time and your money on this valve check" speech.

He acted offended that I paid him to check the valves. He literally treated it as an annoyance.

Last edited by Phinhead; 06-17-2011 at 11:36 AM.
Phinhead is offline  
 
post #4 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 12:29 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
larry0071's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Pittsburgh (Beaver County) PA
Posts: 230
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phinhead View Post
Our local Suzuki mechanic told me of a DL1000 that went over 100k that he serviced. He added this into his, "You are wasting my time and your money on this valve check" speech.

He acted offended that I paid him to check the valves. He literally treated it as an annoyance.
At what interval did the Suzuki tech feel would be a safe and prudant time to check?

One of my best pals for 30+ years is the service manager at a Zuki/Kaw dealer and he told me not to bring the 08+ KLRs in for a valve check until 20-25K miles. He says that of the ones that even read the manual and care to bring the bikes back in (He says that most will never return for service or check valves unless a bike stops moving) out of every 10 they pull open to measure... about 1 of the 10 really needs bumped back up to the big side at about 15K miles. And he went on to say that typically that one of ten bike was still GTG but was just approching the low side of the range.

So like your mechanic, my buddy says that it is a waste of time at the super conservative recomended intervals and he says on a KLR to just monitor for anything odd like a hard start issue or anything out of the ordinary and then react to that.

He told me that a fellow that rides both a Strom he knows is over 60K miles and refuses to pay for a valve check.

Roll of the dice?.... I'm sure to some extent.

03 DL1000 -Jesse Oddyses, PCIII USB, Staintune Mufflers, WindStrom Touring, WindStrom Laminer, Progressive fork springs with Amsoil 5W, KN filters, Givi E450 trunk, Corbin Seat, Heated Grips, Motech Crash bars and skid plate and Highway pegs, Amsoil 10-40 in her belly.
09 KLR650
09 KLX250
07 Rhino 660
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
larry0071 is offline  
post #5 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 01:39 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
randyo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Farmington, New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 10,196
I took my SV650 out of service at 135,006

very reliable, started even well below freezing the moment I thumbed the starter (a lot more reliable than the primitive FI in V-stroms) got better fuel economy than when it was new, 100% dealer maintained following recommended schedule

started using oil regularly at about 130k, (from top line of sight glass to bottom line every tank of gas, smoked noticably on cold starts, accels to redline and on decels from near redline but otherwise not noticable)

had a problem with the compression test, 210 front, 90 rear, repeat test, 205 front, 210 rear, repeat, 210 front, 140 rear

it really did run good, my theory is that at running speeds, the valve sealed tight, at compression test cranking speeds it didn't

every single valve guide was worn beyond tolerance, one exaust in the rear was so worn, you could move it noticable with yer hand, pistons & cylinders were ok, good rings, tight bearings, cam chains were also stretched beyond tolerance and oil pump was weak

cost to rebuilt or even buy used + take care of original suspension was more than bike was worth, this was December 06, dealer offered me deal I couldn't refuse, 07 VEE for $7500 otd

The Sv is now a project parked semi permenently on my bike lift engine out and parts in crates waiting to be turned into a bobtail motard, I'm thinking of rebuilding the engine 1mm over, tune to improve low & mid, new fork,



Never pay again for live sex! | Hot girls doing naughty stuff for free! | Chat for free!

RandyO
IBA# 9560
07 Strom 1k (8x,xxx miles)
99 SV650 (135,006 miles)
82 XV920R
A man with a gun is a citizen
A man without a gun is a subject
www.gbhsurvey.com
randyo is offline  
post #6 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 02:00 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: North Central Washington
Posts: 145
"cost to rebuilt or even buy used + take care of original suspension was more than bike was worth"

Almost makes me start thinking it's a throw-away bike. Ride the heck out of it for 100,000+ miles, then sell it for whatever I can get and call it good.

At my usual 5,000 - 8,000 miles per year, that's going to take quite a while anyway. Interesting.
Cascade Wanderer is offline  
post #7 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 02:14 PM
What Kinda Bike Is That?
 
Black Lab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine
Posts: 5,520
I just turned 91,000 miles on my 2007 DL-650. Standard Suzuki 10w-40 oil, and I do my own valve checks when I feel like doing something to my bike.

No problems.


B.L.
madstrom likes this.

2007 DL-650 (I gave away in 2012 with 111,000 + miles)
"A word grows to a thought; a thought to an idea; an idea to an act. All the pieces are put together, and the whole is yours."
1942, Beryl Markham: "West With the Night"
"You can talk about doing a thing until everyone finally talks you out of it, or you can actually do the thing"
James Baldwin "Across Islands and Oceans"
Black Lab is offline  
post #8 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
MountainLagoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Posts: 531
Thanks for all replies,
The wera688 write up of his maintenance history was exactly what I was trying to find, even though its a 1000cc. I did try searching this topic for the 650cc but I couldnt find much, If anyone has a high milage well running 650 similar info would be appeciated.
Interesting that his 3 valve clearance checks within 100k miles were all in spec.
Perhaps I should have titled this thread "Whats the longest milage your strom has lasted and still runs well"
Normally I would consider a 650cc bike retired or spare parts at about 100,000miles/150,000km but this doesnt seem to be the case with the strom !
Personally I change oil and filters more regularly than the recommended intervals because my bike is usually loaded with a pillion or luggage, its maintenance I like to do even if considered unnessesary by some riders (not trying to start an oil thread)
Its good to see from these replies the SV / Strom motor will to live up to its bulletproof reputation, as well as the rest of the bike.
Hope to join the 100k club one day
Polarbear99 likes this.

2010 DL650A - black
MountainLagoon is offline  
post #9 of 32 Old 06-17-2011, 08:28 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Central Coast N.S.W Australia
Posts: 268
My 650 has about 245000, goes great. Just about to go out and put up some more.
PS I posted a detailed report on this board at 200k
RowBust is offline  
post #10 of 32 Old 06-18-2011, 12:15 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Phinhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bristol, Florida
Posts: 279
Larry, I have 20k on the bike, it was in the middle specs, and two separate mechanics told me to come back at around 60k.

I don't pretend to be a mechanic, and I am not weighing in one side or the other, and I am sure this has been beat to death in these forums. However, I am not doing it again until then.
Phinhead is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome