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post #1 of 7 Old 04-16-2019, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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New member from Calgary, Alberta! I found this fantastic forum the same day I bought my first V-Strom this week. It's a 2014 DL650A, and it came with oodles of accessories and only 2300km on the clock. The original owner had not ridden the bike since 2015, due to personal issues. The only concerns I have are: 1) the first oil change had not been done, and 2) the gas in the tank didn't have a stabilizer added. On the ride home the red FI indicator came on, but I'm pretty sure that's due to a gummed-up injection system. Hopefully there's a safe fuel additive available that can deal with that.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-16-2019, 10:38 AM
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Congratulations ! Nice find. Enjoy the bike, they are awesome.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-16-2019, 10:40 AM
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Congrats on your 'new to you' V and welcome Hank.

Just remember - witthout pics it never happened.

"There comes a time in the affairs of men, when we must take the bull by the tail and face the situation."
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-16-2019, 10:44 AM
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Hello and welcome.

Yes, if its not to late, drain old fuel and replace with fresh gas. Confirm there is no corrosion (rust) inside fuel tank utilizing a flashlight. If all looks good find a good fuel additive.

Change your engine oil.

Change your brake fluid and cycle the ABS system a few times afterwords.

Change rad fluid with a good quality long life antifreeze. I get mine from the Toyota dealership (pink) but you can use Suzuki (Blue) or Honda (?).

Used the Google search box on this site to guide you through the process of all the above.

Have fun!
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-16-2019, 10:51 AM
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Welcome aboard Hank!

Great riding out there!

You might want to stop over in the Canadian Section in Regional Forums and say hello. There are some Strommers local to you.


2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 175,000+ km, 108,500+ miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-16-2019, 03:31 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Hank.

2020 Eastern V-Strom Rally (website) - May 14 - 17, 2020
2006 Suzuki V-Strom DL650K
1986 Honda Shadow VT700C
1974 Suzuki TM-250
1966 Triumph Bonneville T-120R
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-17-2019, 09:55 AM
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Welcome to the Forum, Hank. Congrats on your new ride. Look up "dealer mode" for the Glee to display the fault code (examples and I trust that you have the owners manual?
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