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post #1 of 7 Old 07-06-2019, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all. Name is John and I recently bought a 2008 650 Vstrom. I've been riding for about 40 years and have had many machines along the way. When I was younger, I lost my license due to being reckless on sportbikes so I took it off road for the next 30 years. I currnently have a 09KTM300 XC-W, a 99 DR 350 and a Yamaha wolverine quad. I have had the DR 350 for about 9 years and I've had a blast on cruising trails and fire roads, and around town. My wife recently got laid-off so I thought it would be a good time to pick up a street bike to do some touring. I bought a 2006 VFR800 with full bags but I found that I'm still too immature (reckless lol) to have that bike and a driver's license which brought me to the Vstrom. Looking forward to putting some miles on this thing once I give it some love. It has 30,000km on it and I don't think the previous owner gave it much love. I've changed the oil, air filter, coolant and plugs. Any other common problems to address on this thing?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-06-2019, 03:08 PM
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One of the most common problems is the lack of problems on the 1st generation Wee's. There were a couple recalls that you can have a dealer check. Google 'recalls' in the little box at the top of the page.
Hola, enjoy the new, to you, ride!
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-06-2019, 03:38 PM
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Yes, not much in the way of trouble! Probably one of the best all around bikes of its generation. Like any V STrom, the first thing I recommend is installing a voltmeter. This allows you to see what the charging system is doing. If there is one thing that can leave you stranded, it is the charging system. The voltmeter alerts you to one that is failing, or if it does fail it might allow you to get somewhere before it dies. I ran my Strom 27 miles in stop and go traffic to get home with no charging at all, and it still had plenty of juice to crank the starter! ( I did unplug the headlights). Not to say the charging system is a problem, but like any bike there is a weaker part of it.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-06-2019, 04:09 PM
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What Shelby said about the VM. I got digital VM's for about 3 bucks each shipped from some place in the US. Mounting is a bit of a bother since the ones I got did not come with a mount. I was able to modify some bits of metal I had in the garage.
It's really nice to see just what your charging system is doing. You can tap off a keyed source and stay in the know.
Like when I changed from the H4 lamps to LED's. My charge rate went up to 14.6 at max. It had been 14.2-3 before.
I've not had a problem with electrical and my 04 is at 100K miles.
I had the usual Diode Board, Stator kinda thing on my beemers. So it happens to the alleged best.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-07-2019, 03:34 AM
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Welcome to the Forum, John. Congrats on your K8 Wee. Ride safe.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-07-2019, 07:17 AM
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My Maserati does 185,
I lost my license,
Now I don't drive...

Life's been good to me so far...

-= Keith Adams =-
Rockville, MD USA
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-07-2019, 11:32 AM
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Welcome to the forum, John.

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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