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post #1 of 4 Old 03-12-2007, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy oil change

oil in my strom have not been changed for almost 12 000 km. is that realy BAD?

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-12-2007, 08:39 PM
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So change it now.

Your bike will tell you if it is suffering. Likely, everything is OK, because our machines are well made, filters can handle more crap than they usually get, and oil is amazingly well made.

If you know how to change the oil and filter, do it now. If you don't, then ride slowly and calmly to a Suzuki dealership and have the oil changed and a new filter installed.

It is also time to get new spark plugs, and to inspect or change the air filter.

Today I put new plugs and a new air filter into my Wee-Strom, and I learned a whole lot of new cusswords. The only things I broke were the two little black plastic buttons that hold on the piece of black plastic between the meters and the tank. Mine is now held on with Allen screws, hence it looks classier than yours.

After playing with the pieces I broke, I learned how to detach those little black plastic rivets without breaking anything. Take a Q-Tip, remove the cotton, then use the flimsy rolled-paper rod to push down the central black circle, pushing it down between 1/8" and 1/4", then quit. There are two extra large plastic rivets, and for those you need something a bit more powerful, such as a swizzle stick, which comes in handy when you are finished, let me tell ya. Then you can use your fingernails to pull the rivet out, then you gently push the inner rod back up through the rivet, so that the central rod stands proud of the surrounding rivet by 1/8 inch; it is then ready to reinstall.

I learned that, to change the front spark plug, you have to remove the central black piece of the fairing that goes under the headlights; while to change the back sparkplug and air filter, you have to remove the gas tank and place it on a piece of padding. This is a good time to have a nearly empty gas tank, which I fortunately had.

The manual is pretty good at explaining the steps necessary to disassemble and tilt and swivel pieces of motorcycle to let you reach plugs and the air filter, but I absolutely did not understand how to find, how to reach, and how to drain the reservoir of crud that may or may not lie somewhere below the air filter.

So that will have to wait until November.

But I am about as pooped as any three of your folks put together, partly because I am also about as old as any three of you. I think that, somewhere near here, there is a pineapple I can wring out.

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-14-2007, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Oil Change

Thank You Keith.

My english is not very good in technical terms but i understud all you wrote.I am from Croatia and our standard is not very high.I start with Yamaha ybr 125 just to avoid city jams but that turn in real adiction for riding (i was riding 50cc in school days before i start to drive car).In less than two years i made 22 000 km on that little Yamaha.
After serching throu the internet which my next biger bike would be,when i saw strom i was immediatly intrested.It was perfect bike for long travel and best looking of all of that kind.New DL 1000 was a little expensive so i thought about DL 650.
So i went to suzuki dealer and there it was...DL 1000. Just looking at that bike was so...there is no words.When i asked do they sell used bikes they told me "you are looking at used bike"
The Strom was at that good shape i thouth it was new.Next day i came again and when i seat on that strom i knew this is my bike.It had 18 000 km , now almost 24 000 km.I made almost 4000 km in three month.Since i'm new strom rider i ride easy and not fast.It was unbelivable to ride 1000cc after 125cc.
In suzuki they told me that nesesery service was done at 18 000km but they were not shure beacuse last owner didn't brought service book.As the kilometers go by i was worry about that and through some bikers friends made contact with the previous owner.I was realy mad when he told me that last service was at 12 000 km (oil,oil filter,air filter,sparks...) and at 18 000 km there was no service bt it was a litlle my fault beacuse i should track him down earlier.
OK.I will do nessesery servicing in few days something alone and with some help from mechanic where i work (i just found out that he also bought used strom just recently-small world).Suzuki services are rather expensive here. Oh yes it is DL 1000 K4 and one question for now, i was thinking to buy IPONE sintetic motor oil i heard it's OK since MOTUL is more expencive.

THANKS for now this is my first time on any forum if anybody have any sugestion for new strom rider please tell me.I also must get new tires bridgstone BW ?
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-15-2007, 12:23 AM
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Hi Voyager, nice to hear from a stromtrooper in croatia. I would say that any oil you put in the bike would be much better than whatever is in it now. I know many would think its not of any value but i would "flush" out the engine with a cheaper oil for a couple hundred miles (new filter too!) then change it again(another filter) using your synthetic oil. I think you will feel your bike actually shifts better and smoother once you put your new oil in.
Along with the oil change/tune up , check your chain for wear and tension and check all the nuts and bolt to make sure all is tight. Goodluck JonnyReb
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