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post #1 of 50 Old 04-09-2012, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Why did Suzuki make the V-strom so hard to work on?

Does every bike take 3 hrs to do basic maintenance like changing spark plugs? Why do you have to tear half the bike apart just disconnect the voltage regulator to test it or change it??? I will never buy another Suzuki product!!
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Does every bike take 3 hrs to do basic maintenance like changing spark plugs? Why do you have to tear half the bike apart just disconnect the voltage regulator to test it or change it??? I will never buy another Suzuki product!!
Have had many sport and sport touring bikes, service on the vfr 800 just as bad,st1100 pain in butt and so on ,all bikes with plastic = pain in butt. Just serviced the wee -plugs filter -oil ect couple hrs
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Are you kidding? My Wee isn't hard to work on at all. Not coming from a VFR 800, with it's tons of plastic and cramped hi-tech V4 engine. You can't even change the oil without taking off the entire left fairing on that bike... Guess it's all relative.
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My '93 K75s abs had some nice features. An inline triple on it's side. Top end on one side, bottom on the other. Pop off the valve cover (nothing in the way) and there were the plugs and shim/buckets for the valves exposed. Air cleaner on top of the engine.....pop off the clips and slide it out, slide in new.

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Does every bike take 3 hrs to do basic maintenance like changing spark plugs? Why do you have to tear half the bike apart just disconnect the voltage regulator to test it or change it??? I will never buy another Suzuki product!!
Maybe you are just not good at it? No offense really, but don't blame Suzuki for your "possible" mediocre mechanical skills.... I swapped out my R\R on my '09 for a mosfet R/R with only having to remove the right side panel and lifting the rear of the gas tank... Took about 30mins... Spark plugs, oil and airfilter took be about 45mins ~ 1hr last time I did them together... The V-strom isn't all that hard... My FZ6 is about the same as the V-strom in terms of ease of maintenance... As mention the Honda VFR and ST are a real pain...

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it's a conspiracy by the asain manufacturers, bikes an cars, they don't want you to fix em, drive/ride em into the ground, throw em away, buy a new one

asian vehicles have never been as mechanic friendly as european vehicles



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asian vehicles have never been as mechanic friendly as european vehicles
Obviously, you have not experienced the joy of replacing a simple headlamp on a VW Passat, or have enjoyed the frequent valve adjustments of the KTM Adventure 950.

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Some folks would complain if you poked them in the eye with a new stick!
I always make sure I've just filled the gas tank before I take it off so the fun factor would be ZERO when I remove it. I found getting at the power connector for the hand grips a bit fiddly. Moving the radiator and all but once you've been in there a time or 2 the sequence makes sense.
If you want easy, get an old Air Head BMW! Of course, it handles like Sh-t compared to the Strom.
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Does every bike take 3 hrs to do basic maintenance like changing spark plugs? Why do you have to tear half the bike apart just disconnect the voltage regulator to test it or change it??? I will never buy another Suzuki product!!
I think you need a Harley Davidson Sportster.

A Briggs and Stratton minibike might work for you, too.

Pogo sticks are pretty maintenace-free and are my favorite form of transport for busomly sweater clad cheerleaders.

Roller blades have too many moving parts, but can be fun if you are comfortable with being "out".

Ice scates have been used in parts of Northern Europe for commuting but are impractical for nine months out of the year.

Skateboaring would be a viable form of commuting but are practically outlawed in most urban locations.

I hope I have helped to add a little perspective to your dilemma.

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