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post #1 of 36 Old 03-30-2014, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Owner's Manual, oil and check engine question.

Hey all,

I'm a new rider, just got my license last week and purchased a 2012 DL1000 about a month ago. I have a couple of questions for all of you because I don't yet have an owner's manual (bought used and there wasn't one). Is there a free place online to find the 2012 manual? I've searched and haven't had any luck. I assume I'll have to purchase one and if so, any recommendations on where to go?

Also, I noticed that my check engine light is on and I don't think it was on when I initially purchased. The bike fired up just fine previously but I planned on going riding today and no luck. It appears as thought the oil is low (according to the gauge on the bottom right of the bike). Does anyone have a suggestion for a good oil to use? Any idea if the low oil level could be preventing me from starting the bike? Sorry for all the questions but I'm a rookie and a little lost without the MOM. Any suggestions and advice are appreciated. Looking forward to joining the community and talking about V-Stroms!
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Side stand safety switch or the clutch side safety switch more than likely, and oil is not to be discussed.....just put some 10W40 in at the correct level. You also sure you did not hit the engine cut off switch as well?

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Hey all,

I'm a new rider, just got my license last week and purchased a 2012 DL1000 about a month ago. I have a couple of questions for all of you because I don't yet have an owner's manual (bought used and there wasn't one). Is there a free place online to find the 2012 manual? I've searched and haven't had any luck. I assume I'll have to purchase one and if so, any recommendations on where to go?

Also, I noticed that my check engine light is on and I don't think it was on when I initially purchased. The bike fired up just fine previously but I planned on going riding today and no luck. It appears as thought the oil is low (according to the gauge on the bottom right of the bike). Does anyone have a suggestion for a good oil to use? Any idea if the low oil level could be preventing me from starting the bike? Sorry for all the questions but I'm a rookie and a little lost without the MOM. Any suggestions and advice are appreciated. Looking forward to joining the community and talking about V-Stroms!
The owner's manual is next to worthless IMO. Drop by the Suzuki dealer and ask nicely they might give you one. v-strom.co.uk is a V-Strom owners site and has many available. I'm not sure about this board's policy regarding linking to them so you'll have to poke around yourself. The 2012 version isn't much different than the other '02-'11 models, any owners manual would do the job.

Make sure you're checking the oil level with the bike standing up straight, not on the sidestand.

To start the bike, check your kill switch (we've all done it, and CHEC shows on the dash when it's on), bike in neutral, clutch pulled in.

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Read the site rules. https://www.stromtrooper.com/rules-fo...470-rules.html
You touched on oil and copyrighted materials (manual) in your post and there is important info on those in the rules.

A CHEC is a check your controls, not a check engine. It is almost always due to the kill switch not being in the run position or the bike being in gear with the side stand down.

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Thanks for the response!

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Side stand safety switch or the clutch side safety switch more than likely, and oil is not to be discussed.....just put some 10W40 in at the correct level. You also sure you did not hit the engine cut off switch as well?
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The owner's manual is next to worthless IMO. Drop by the Suzuki dealer and ask nicely they might give you one. v-strom.co.uk is a V-Strom owners site and has many available. I'm not sure about this board's policy regarding linking to them so you'll have to poke around yourself. The 2012 version isn't much different than the other '02-'11 models, any owners manual would do the job.

Make sure you're checking the oil level with the bike standing up straight, not on the sidestand.

To start the bike, check your kill switch (we've all done it, and CHEC shows on the dash when it's on), bike in neutral, clutch pulled in.
Brian and Moe - Thanks for the input, I appreciate it. Turns out the kill switch was still on. Dumb move on my part and I won't make that mistake again.:-?

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Read the site rules. https://www.stromtrooper.com/rules-fo...470-rules.html
You touched on oil and copyrighted materials (manual) in your post and there is important info on those in the rules.

A CHEC is a check your controls, not a check engine. It is almost always due to the kill switch not being in the run position or the bike being in gear with the side stand down.
Wolf - My mistake. Didn't read the rules and posted in a hurry to try to figure what was up with the bike. I'll be sure to read the rules and avoid unnecessary/unwanted posts in the future.

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If you are interested in authorized/unpirated copy of the owners manual and/or a service manual (well worth the price), your dealer can order them or you can purchase from many on-line oem parts sites. Example: Ron Ayers, MR Cycles, Oneida Suzuki, etc.

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X100 on the FSM, very good tool to have for your new (to you) DL1000!

On a concerned note, you said something in your 1st post that scares the poo outta me!

"I'm a new rider, just got my license last week and purchased a 2012 DL1000 about a month ago."

New rider? Meaning, you've not ridden bikes at all, or much? I just hope you're not over your head on a liter machine....

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"Does anyone have a suggestion for a good oil to use?"

Your question broke me up. I'm still laughing. I'm not sure who many members that we are; but I expect that there are that many suggestions.
You've joined a forum with a crew of riders that together know everything there is to know about Vstroms.

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Your question broke me up. I'm still laughing. I'm not sure who many members that we are; but I expect that there are that many suggestions.
You've joined a forum with a crew of riders that together know everything there is to know about Vstroms.
Oh yeah, the answer is Shell Rotella T6 5W40 full synthetic. Always replace the oil filter with a genuine Suzuki filter and use a torque wrench on the oil drain plug.
I would not recommend that at all, that is how guys have been shredding their drain plug threads. And GW is gonna smack you on the hand for bringing up the "O" word.......:mrgreen:

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If you are interested in authorized/unpirated copy of the owners manual and/or a service manual (well worth the price), your dealer can order them or you can purchase from many on-line oem parts sites. Example: Ron Ayers, MR Cycles, Oneida Suzuki, etc.
That's what I'm looking for, I think both would be beneficial. Thanks for the input.

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X100 on the FSM, very good tool to have for your new (to you) DL1000!

On a concerned note, you said something in your 1st post that scares the poo outta me!

"I'm a new rider, just got my license last week and purchased a 2012 DL1000 about a month ago."

New rider? Meaning, you've not ridden bikes at all, or much? I just hope you're not over your head on a liter machine....
I've never been on a motorcycle in my life until a few weeks ago when I participated in a beginners motorcycle safety course at a local community college. I rode a 250 cc Honda Night Hawk during the class and thus far I feel completely comfortable on the DL1000, I'm just not pushing it too much and keeping things well within my capabilities/comfort level thus far.

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Your question broke me up. I'm still laughing. I'm not sure who many members that we are; but I expect that there are that many suggestions.
You've joined a forum with a crew of riders that together know everything there is to know about Vstroms.
That's why I'm glad I joined. I'm looking forward to talking with all of you about your experiences and knowledge, hopefully I'll be able to contribute in time as well. Thanks for the advice, it's appreciated.
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