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post #1 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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My wee strom keeps getting lost

Had my wee strom about a month now. Maybe the GPS is broken. Seems like if I head down to the grocer 2 miles from my house it takes 45 minutes to get there. And I end up on lots of back roads. The bike always seems to find the right place, but just seems to get lost - coming and going.

Took me two hours the other night to go pick up some chap stick for my wife.

Issue seems exacerbated by good weather.

I didn't buy GPS for it. But I'm wondering if maybe there is a GPS chip buried in the electronics somewhere that's messed up.

Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem.
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 12:52 PM
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Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem.
My work commute at the end of the day has always been longer when on 2 wheels. The Wee seems to have exacerbated the issue. Yesterday there was a threat of thunderstorms and it still took twice as long to drive home than to work.

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post #3 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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yeah

my commute to work was about 26 miles, and my commute home was never less than 126miles, not sure how tenndot stretches a road that much in one day
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 01:32 PM
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lol... I got home from work on the bike one night about 7:00PM.

Wife: "wow, you're late - what time did you leave work?"
Me: "probably about 4"
Wife: "it took you THREE HOURS to get home?!" (it's about a 25 min commute)
Me: "I took the long way."
post #5 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 01:36 PM
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internal gps kaput

Ya, same problem with my Vee; and it's sort of embarrassing to discuss. Even with a Garmin Zumo the bike has a directional mind of it's own to do backroads. For example ... last Sunday riding 2-up with my wife, we left to go for short ride and get breakfast and didn't get home until 4:00pm and nearly 200km later.

Not sure what to do or who to complain to.
Is it a Sukuki Vstrom issue or a Garmin issue ?
Any suggestions?

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post #6 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 01:38 PM
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lol... I got home from work on the bike one night about 7:00PM.

Wife: "wow, you're late - what time did you leave work?"
Me: "probably about 4"
Wife: "it took you THREE HOURS to get home?!" (it's about a 25 min commute)
Me: "I took the long way."
Cool, unfortunately I often override the "Mysterious" GPS chip, but on the weekends, all bets are off. The chip is standard appearently on the V-Stroms.

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 01:41 PM
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This is a known issue with V-Stroms. There have been a lot of reports of similar problems - I know that my commute home from work somehow tripled or more, for no explicable reason. Bike simply refused to turn the way it was supposed to, and kept turning onto twisty or dirt backroads. I even installed a GPS, but the problem actually got worse because the bike then apparently started finding roads it didn't know were there previously.

Just get used to it, and get a gas rewards card.

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post #8 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 03:04 PM
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Cool, unfortunately I often override the "Mysterious" GPS chip, but on the weekends, all bets are off. The chip is standard appearently on the V-Stroms.
You can't be getting too lost, that or your ride map is out of date.

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 03:40 PM
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Same here :cursing:

My 11 year old Nissan seems to find the interstate for my 16 mile commute to and from work just fine. It was a nice, boring drive that took under 30 minutes.

But the new stinking DL can't find the interstate at all. It seems to disdain traffic and quick trips. It thinks the quick way to work 22 miles through country roads with scenic buttes along the way.

And forget about getting home early. It thinks there is some kind of detour that adds another 14 miles with even more turns and climbs.

The damn rides take so long that I forget why I was stressed and what I need to worry about when I get to work the next day. And without a radio, I have lost touch with world events and my outlook on life is more positive than ever
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-30-2009, 06:35 PM
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Its a definition problem

You can't be lost if you still have half a tank. :rolleyes:
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