2012+ DL650A Issues/Problems lists merged
Most of these problems are commonly spoken of but I wanted to voice the issues as I see them with my new 2012 DL650A (Vstrom 650 adventure).
Luggage locks are terrible - have to jiggle the key to get it to set properly before turning it, nickel plating on lock barrel is already flaking off, there is no convenient way securing the luggage lids without having to lock them.
Luggage rattles when going over small bumps, especially when the luggage boxes are empty.
Ignition key is GIGANTIC why does it have to be so large. Its at least twice the size of my car key. I'm afraid it's going to punch a hole in my pocket.
There is a vibration that occurs somewhere between 4-5k rpm that is a bit too noticeable in comparison to the rest of the ride quality. Some people say it's because of the engine guard, I have no idea.
The seat is uncomfortable for interstate driving - it has a slight forward facing angle too it that cause me to sit almost on the crux between the tank and the seat. This is good for urban riding but not on the highway. I would prefer if the driver seat area were completely flat so that I could use the wider portion of the seat while on the interstate.
Thats it for my gripes list - every other aspect of the bike is an absolute pleasure.