Hey, I am not new to bikes, but very new to my Strom. Just picked up my 03 DL1000 (silver, 23k miles) in Minneapolis on Sunday then drove back to Chicago. (yeah, it was a bit nippy).
Any way, on the highway that thing is a rocket ship. The performance blew me away, but now that I am riding around the city a bit more, I am noticing things that are a bit worrisome. The clutch 'chudder' is pretty bad, along with some other conspicuous noises and the suddenly-coffee-colored oil, I am getting a little worried that I got hosed on my bike purchase.
Any 1000 riders in the Chicago area who would be willing to hang out, go for a ride, and let me know what they think of the noises, colors, etc?
I sure would appreciate it.
I live just NW of the city, near Pulaski and Armitage.
hey jdeboni welcome. i've been on my black 05 1000 now since june. 6500 miles later i love the snot out of it and cant seem to stay off it...
got people at work thinkin im some kind of nut... but the tipes and tricks i have learned here have helped. cloths, gadgets(farkles), etc... this place like the bike rocks.
seems like you have been set at ease on your sounds and the overall ride of the bike. i know coming from the Harley world that v-twins make alot of noise. lower end rumble or whine, with a top end rattle... normal. your bike has more miles then mine. my oil is a hunny color... i have been using a 15w40 or 50. but now that its getting cooler i need a thinner type. i would suggest sending a sample of your oil to http://www.blackstone-labs.com/
as zed88 suggested earlier. might be something leaking into the oil do to the high miles.
as for other V-Strommers in the area... i have only seen 2 down my way. a red 650 and a black 1000. so if your ever looking to ride. just post a thread in midwest. or hit me up. [email protected]
or send a messege thru here. i ride rain, shine, cold, near, far dont matter. long as i have the time... lol
later... and enjoy your new ride!!!