So, this is kind of a long post, but as I'm considering dumping my Vee at present, it's kind of important and I'm hoping for some helpful feed back from the community on the issue.
I've read through a number of posts, and there seems to be "some" answer for the issues I'm experiencing. A few of which I've applied: TB sync and PCIII. That made things better, but I'm still pretty disappointed in my experience with my DL1000 Vee so far.
After doing the TBS and adding the PCIII, I went on an 800 mile foray into the Oregon high desert and now, seriously, the Strom is about an inch away from the chopping block at this point.
The "touring" type performance was abysmal on the trip. Mileage was also poor, in the low 40's, and that was with using the over drive a lot. Actually the OD sucked, the engine didn't like it at all.
I did my best to get used to this new machine, but there seemed to be no way to drive it and have it also be SMOOTH.
As many post here, the throttle is outrageously twitchy. It feels like turning the engine on and off when trying to use the engine to brake.
Went over a pass with small twisties and it was the most miserable experience on a motorbike I've ever had. I tried the entire range of RPM and every gear, at no range/gear did the lurching between accel and decel go away. And it became scary when the roads got narrow and wet.
Also, tried a bit of off road, and that too was a total fail. No way would it chug down the gavel roads at low-ish rpm in 1st/2nd gear. But also trying high rpm with the twitchy lurching throttle issue made it impossible to smoothly vary my speed and avoid brakes on the loose gravel.
And the engine at low rpm, for instance when using the Over Drive, feels like there are angry gods inside wanting to break out! Would have driven me nuts if it weren't that I wear ear plugs.
Slow traffic. For get it. Requires so much clutch feathering that my fingers start getting sore after just a few minutes.
And add to that some CRAZY rattling and banging every time I accelerate from a stop going through the 3000-4000 range, it's like the whole thing is going to fall apart.
Oh, and did I mention the random back firing?
I've read about the chudder issue, and I probably have to deal with that. But after doing the tests, up hill, and a light pull to see if makes a difference, it only makes a very minor difference. I really have a very hard time association all this with just a problematic clutch too.
Basically, what I would very much appreciate is some feedback. Is it at all possible to dial these bikes in so that they can be nice touring bikes with smooth response AND a usable low to mid RPM range?
I've read a lot of comments that say "you can't lug these bikes" and "you should stay above 4K rpm", but one makes lugging is another mans meat. And always running above 4K coupled with a twitchy throttle, sounds like advice from/for sport riders and not really helpful to us loping touring guys who want a bike usable in a full range. I've ridden plenty of twins and the only time I had to keep above a certain RPM was for the sake of having enough power. On the flats or down hill, totally a non-issue. But it seems to be an issue with the Vee, which is sad.
I've also seen comments that add up to "you have to get used to it", and there's a bit of merit in that, but I don't feel that I should really have to fully change my riding habits for the machines sake. You know?
I'm also a bit annoyed that I seemingly am being required to jump through so many hoops to get a bike "right" that is only 10 years old.
But lets say I did all the recommendations. I'm only a few bits away from that point anyway. Maybe there's a bit of adjustment to be done to the throttle or TPS and say I do go a head with the chudder fix.
My concern is that even then it still won't be the bike where I want it to be
And to qualify that, I've owned a number of bikes over the years. I currently own a Burgman 400 scooter, with which I'm very pleased. It's great around town and easily the smoothest bike I've ever had, not the best handling, but it's a scooter after all. Also amongst my many bikes I've owned, the two most notable and recent, I've had a BMW R75/7 airhead twin and a Honda 650GT Hawk cafe racer. Both really nice rides, the operation of which I've never had a complaint about, nor did I ever have to "get used to" or "ride different" to accommodate.
So two twins that I liked every much and one single that I also like. Some newer, some older. With computer and without. None had any issues, or twitchy throttles, or clutch or engine weirdness, no need to feather clutches, or adopt any special riding style, no after market parts or fixes, and the biggest thing of all: each ABSOLUTELY SMOOTH and easy to operate at all RPM ranges and all conditions.
Anyway, finally to my questions:
Can the DL1000, when dialed in, be as smooth and easy to work as the above mentioned bikes?
Or are my expectations for this machine just too high? (or too different from the intended riders?)
Are these bikes just primarily designed/intended for the sport enthusiast riders that are almost always "on it", never even think about low RPM anything, or slow anything, and this bike just isn't a good fit for an all ranges touring fellow like myself?
Is it is just something that needs a bit attention and then everything will magically "click"?
I would really appreciate some feed back on this. I had high hopes. I'm definitely willing to put a bit more $$ and elbow grease into the bike.
But I'm not willing to change my riding style completely. If I want to chug, I should be able to chug, which isn't the same as lug (too low rpm for the immediate power demand).
It's a 1000cc bike! It should pull smooth just above idle in 1st with no lurching, surging, or any other nonsense.
Is this just not the bike I hoped it was?