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post #1 of 23 Old 04-28-2008, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Readying New Bike for 9000 Mile Tour

The closer I get to our departure date of May 10, the more nervous I'm getting. So much to do. Mostly I'm aprehensive that this brand new bike that I have not taken delivery of, or even started, will be "one of the good ones". What if it's like one of these that we hear about in posts from time to time where the owners say they just do not run right and they can't wait to get rid of, and I have to put up with it for 9000 miles?

Many questions will be answered today, hopefully, as I've been told the bike will be ready for me to pick up at the dealer. It would have been ready last week, but the tech installing my Oxford heated grips accidentally let the glue set on the left grip before it was in the correct position. He cut off that grip and they had to order another set, their expense. It was supposed to come next day, but they screwed that up too, but have now confirmed they arrived today. Which cost me an entire weekend of desperately needed pre-oil change break-in miles.

I would very much appreciate some of this forum's more experienced Strommers to comment on my plans for prepping this brand new DL1000K07 bike:

(1) Throttle body sync performed by dealer prior to my pick up, supposedly (you don't think they'd just "say" they did it, do you?)

(2) Pick up from dealer today (hopefully)

(3) Put 100 miles on the bike today under break-in riding constraints (much varying of RPM's, mostly 3000-5000, occassional runs up to 6000-7000).

(4) Perform first oil change at approx 100 miles (regular motor oil)

(5) Ride to work and back the remainder of this week (approx 200 miles) under same break-in constraints

(6) Perform second oil change at approx 300 miles (regular motor oil)

(7) Ride the crap out of it all weekend without break-in considerations, and on work commute next week (should put me somewhere between 700-1000 miles).

(8 ) Perform third oil change. Not sure here whether to stay with regular motor oil and get an oil change done on the road at around 5000-6000 miles, or go with some type of synthetic and try to make the whole tour without another oil change. Comments?

(9) Leaving on tour Saturday May 10.
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I left out locktiting the chain guard screws, lubing the chain at every oil change, and assuring the throttle body boots are clamped on securely, which was supposed to be done by the dealer when they were performing the throttle body sync.
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You should be nervous, that means you're excited.

You will have some things to deal with while you are traveling, an oil change maybe, new tires maybe, maybe an issue or two about how perfectly the bike runs, like a TB Sync or something. And you are going to have to perfect your routine things like tire pressure and lubing/adjusting the chain.

Maybe a comfort issue will become important. It would be a little surprising if you headed out on a brand new bike for 9K miles and didn't have a nit or two about comfort, the seat, the screen, something.

Enjoy your trip, your new bike and deal with things as they come up. Odds are excellent you will not have a serious mechanical breakdown. And you sound like the consciencious type of owner that will have his brand new bike expertly shaken down when leaving day arrives.

I'd be so excited I would be awake all night if I were you :mrgreen:.

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call me ignorant, but why so many oil changes? I get the 100 mile one, but???

Isn't the service interval recommendation is 600 miles then like every 4000 after that. What does more frequent changes accomplish?

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Since you are so consciencious about oil, you probably won't like this idea. But if it were me, I'd go with synthetic oil just before leaving and not change the oil until I came home.

Synthetic oil that is run more or less continuously with relatively few heat cycles and days sitting would go 9K miles just fine. You'd probably be changing some clean oil that would lab test real well when you got back. And synthetic would take any kind of heat/cold riding stress from your trip really well. One less thing to think about. (That is assuming no dirt riding.)

Tires though, no way I'd get 9K out of a rear tire on a DL1K.

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Basso I wouldn't call you ignorant. Maybe I'm being ignorant and wasting time and money. I was trying to go roughly by the book but adding the 100 mile.

Corkus thanks for the vote of confidence on the synthetic. Never run syn in my V-Strom before but willing to give it a shot.

All comfort issues are already taken care of from my blue DL1000, so I know the Corbin seat and Givi windscreen on the Madstad bracket provides hour after hour of touring comfort.

Thanks again for your comments.
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Seems like a perfect schedule for the oil changes,and go with your gut feelings on what to use and when to change thereafter.The peace of mind re. your engine is going to be priceless. ENJOY
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Where are you going Carbide?

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Surely you have this covered but just a reminder. Go over the whole bike for loose nuts, bolts and fittings etc. Ride Safe.

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Carbide Dude,

Just chill a little bit. I know its sitting on you like a weight, but you're going to be fine. These bikes are solid, and a lot of the griping is about minutia. There's nothing about these bikes that a little bit of wrenchin' won't fix, and I mean a very little bit. You'll be fine. If you get to SoCal let me know.
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