My name is Russ, I live in Colfax California. Other than a stint with a 1150GS Adventure and a DL650 a few years ago, most all of my biking is either on a KTM 640 Adventure for dual sporting and a crf450x for trail bike riding.
This last summer I rode the transamerica trail, and I trail ride a lot around where I live.
I just got my VStrom 1000. I bought it so me and my lady can do some two up exploring around the Sierras. She is one helluva passenger and loves to off road two up.
The bike is an 02 and turned 25k tonight....For good measure, I made sure it happened on the rear wheel
I took her of road tonight on a twisty dirt road called Ponderosa Road that goes down to the Norht Fork of the American river. It did better than I thought it would....flat tracks pretty good for a big bike. I took it pretty easy because I was riding alone and it was after dark and if you ride off the edge of this road..............
My question is this:
There is a noticable growl kinda noise that comes with a vibe that I can feel in my feet when lugging the motor below about 4k. The noise seems to be either in the tranny or near the front sprocket.
Is this normal for these bike?
The chain and sprocket look decent, certainly not worn enough to make this kinda noise. I guess I can feel it more that I can hear it, although it is slight audible.
Thanks for the help. I'll be sure to use the search feature here so that I do not ask too many stupid quiesstions while I get to know this bike.
If any of you live in the Sacramento area, I am going to riding up to Fast Fridays ( http://fastfridays.com
) tomorrow night to watch some flat track racing. If you want to meet up, I'll buy you a beer.