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post #1 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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New DL1000 owner with a couple questions...and free beer offer.

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.

Thanks again,
Russ

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-11-2009, 12:44 AM
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Yeah, these things make all kinds of weird noises and the lug growel is one of'em. Knock it down a gear, they don't like to be lugged.

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kinda figured that.

I think I am going to drop down a tooth on the fronth sprocket because I feel like first gear is too high for off road use. Maybe that will help me keep out of that RPM range.

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kinda figured that.

I think I am going to drop down a tooth on the fronth sprocket because I feel like first gear is too high for off road use. Maybe that will help me keep out of that RPM range.

Thanks again!
I took my front sprocket down to a 16 tooth and love the way it runs now. The Vee is most certainly geared too high. You will like the change. I think that Suzuki needs to run these out the door with the 16 tooth on front!

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That's also on my 'to do' list.

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The 02's suffer from some clutch noise as well. It works fine, they just make some noise.
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Shingle Springs....

I live just down the road from you. I'd love to come up on Friday, but my little boy will HAVE to come along (he's 3 and loves all things fast and loud) so I can't ride the bike. How much longer is the season on? Sprint car is over here in Placerville (we went last Sat night to the finals).

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My name is Russ, I live in Colfax California. Thanks again,
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The racing starts at 8, so I'll try to get there about that time.

If you are gonna go, I can hang out out front by the bikes and watch for you.

I do not have a cell phone.

If you are going to go, let me know what time, and I'll hang out in the front by my Blue DL1000. Also, if you could bring your helmet, I'd appreciate if you'd ride my bike and let me know what you think.

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I'll check with the boss...

And see what she says. I'd don't think we have plans this evening, but I'm not in charge of that.

Mine's blue too - nice color. I'll bring a lid if I make it.

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The racing starts at 8, so I'll try to get there about that time.

If you are gonna go, I can hang out out front by the bikes and watch for you.

I do not have a cell phone.

If you are going to go, let me know what time, and I'll hang out in the front by my Blue DL1000. Also, if you could bring your helmet, I'd appreciate if you'd ride my bike and let me know what you think.

Russ

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- KDX200 for dirt fun, + assorted dirt bikes and quads for the wife/kids
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I took my front sprocket down to a 16 tooth and love the way it runs now. The Vee is most certainly geared too high. You will like the change. I think that Suzuki needs to run these out the door with the 16 tooth on front!
+1 million! This is the way the Vee should have been made in the first place!
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