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post #1 of 76 Old 04-12-2019, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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v-strom engine longevity...

hey everyone, I am in the market for a new motorcycle and have been leaning strongly towards a v-strom 1000.

I'm in Canada and have noticed Suzuki dealers are quite a bit rarer than I remember growing up. I've been to a couple but none have any 2019's in stock and are trying to push the 2018 demos with bonus packages. this concerns me a bit, why wouldn't they carry at least one of the current model year? one said they're expecting them in the next few weeks but again, riding season is just starting, why be late to show?

so I went into my usual dealer (kawi/honda/yami), known the salesman for 30+ years and have bought several new motorcycles through him over the years. I was asking him about the V and at first he said they're a descent machine but as the conversation went on his tune started changing a bit. he said that Suzuki just doesnt have a big enough market share here and wasn't sure how much longer they will be staying in this market. he also said that he is very suspicious of any Suzuki trade in because the engines get iffy after about 40k km's.

I took this with a grain of salt because I'm sure he would prefer to make the sale himself but its planted the seed in my head. I've done some searches on the interwebs, youtube and looked around here. sure there are a few people with a few issues but nothing about the motors being short lived. actually I'd say the consensus is Suzuki builds a rather reliable motor.

so basically, is there anything I should be concerned about with the longevity of these engines, are they super high maintenance, do they have inherent issues that need to be dealt with to increase engine life, etc, etc...

I've owned a few suzuki's in the past and never had any issues but haven't owned one in twenty years or more. any advice or info would be greatly appreciated and I'm sure would set my mind at ease.
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post #2 of 76 Old 04-12-2019, 07:02 AM
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Many members on here will atest to the Great engines in these bikes. Older 1000 models had some
issues. But have been taken care of in later models. You will find they are a long time runner.
With the proper maintanence .

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post #3 of 76 Old 04-12-2019, 07:03 AM
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I bought myV for two reasons -- comfort and reliability.

Being retired and 70, I wanted a bike that will last me till I don't ride anymore. I've not read anything about a V having reliability problems.



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post #4 of 76 Old 04-12-2019, 07:21 AM
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Your dealer friend put his competing dealer hat on LOL.

The Suzi twin is probably one of the most reliable engines available. The bike is considered one of the most reliable, and most importantly easy to work on yourself, especially with a forum like this with loads of knowledge.

You'll find several members that have put hundreds of thousands of KMs on their bikes.

Heck, if I get to 100K and the engines dies, I'll be happy. That'll be 10 years of riding for me

But I suspect, with good maintenance on the rest of the bike, I'll easily get 200-300k out of the engine, if I can ride it enough to get there.

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post #5 of 76 Old 04-12-2019, 07:50 AM
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I think you are "leaning" in a good direction. Review, after review, comparison test after comparison test, always speak of how well the Vstrom compares against their pricier competition. Just make sure you know that for the price of a Strom, you don't get a BMW. And you get a chain, not the shaft of a Super Tenere, for example.

And there is nothing "iffy" about these engines. If there were we would not have a member who racked up 400k miles (not kilometers) on a 1st Gen DL1000 with never an engine tear down.

For you I would pose a question, not an answer. Are you a handy bike mechanic. If you are, then the scarcity of Suzuki in your area shouldn't stop you. But if you are not, or would prefer not to be, then if I were you I would strongly consider doing business with the motorcycle dealer you know and trust. Nothing wrong with the Tenere, for example. A very well thought of bike around here. Just pricier.
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My 2006 Dl650 has 202,400+ km / 125,700+ miles when i parked it in my hanger. It sat there for several years until a ech from work got it and got it running again. No engine issues ever.

My 2012 DL650 was turning great when I sold it. 139,500+ km / 86,700+ miles at that time. As far as I know the new owner is still riding it (he was turning it into an off-road bike.)

My 2015 DL1000 has 163,400+ km / 101,500+ miles. riding it every day.

RCACS had 271,000 km / 168,000 + miles and replaced his cam chain tensioner. As far as I know that was the first time he had bee nin the engine apart from valve checks.

Kith, has ridden over 400,000 miles on his 202 DL1000. It is pretty much worn out and still ridable and iirc he never had to do any engine work apart from routine.

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Currently at 198000kms on mine. I originally planned to keep it to 100000kms.
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The main reason I got my Vee..it was for is reliability...I was on the market for everything that was around as an adventure bike around 900 to 1200 cc.

And speaking with dealers mechanics,and people who had vstrom....bang for the buck the best and on the long run very reliable and and maintenance is cheap.

That's why I got my 2018 Vee xt. I'm probably the first in Qc to got one...it wasn't even in SAAQ system...

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post #9 of 76 Old 04-12-2019, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by twenty View Post

I've owned a few suzuki's in the past and never had any issues but haven't owned one in twenty years or more. any advice or info would be greatly appreciated and I'm sure would set my mind at ease.
Check out WERA688 posts for any issues he found (very, very few and those were minor). His DL1000 went 432,000 miles before he retired it. He didn't retire it because it was broke either.
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Would be nice to know where you are from (hint hint)

I got to 100000kms in three summers, engine still sounds hella weird (it's normal for the 'strom), internals are like new.
For the price, the warranty, the versatility, the ergonomics (also the seat, man, it's awesome!), the reliability... it's a hard bike to beat.

Took me a while before i made up my mind, but i plan to keep this one a long time.
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