Haven't posted much lately, but coming up on 3 years and 21,000 miles I have a few thoughts:
5. I love the easy oil/filter changes and oil sight glass.
Whole heartedly agree. It's a simple thing, but every time I change the oil I appreciate the thought Suzuki engineers put into it:
- Downward facing drain plug with an adjacent 'finger' on the engine creating a low point so oil doesn't seep across the bottom of the engine casing.
- Horizontally oriented oil filter, completely exposed below, so that you can just untighten it to let the filter drain before removing it entirely.
- Side mounted fill plug angled to facilitate filling.
One of the worst was the Triumph Scrambler I had before the DL650:
- Horizontally oriented drain port so oil shot out in a stream (after the first time I learned to loosen the drain plug but hold against the port to throttle the drain flow, still, a pain).
- A vertically, down oriented filter which is not only completely full when you to remove it, but there is additional volume held in the oil passages above the filter so that as you loosen it oil drains all around the filter.
- A fill port from hell, on the top case of the engine, just behind the right cylinder, facing up. That parts OK, what isn't is that this is the side of the bike the side mounted exhaust is placed requiring a long funnel to reach the fill port and oil inevitably spill over the engine when the funnel is removed.
Sorry to go on so long, but these little things made the oil change process on that Triumph a pain, and where on the DL650 (and my DL1000 or yore) it's been properly thought out and makes the process actually enjoyable.