To the collective -
Ok, here's the background. '09 Strom, bought new by me, has almost 36,000 miles. Regular maintenance done all it's life. The bike has given me no grief besides it telling me when to replace the battery. The wife and I ride two up about half the time, so, half it's life. Full luggage rarely the past 6-7 years but hopefully that will change from now going forward.
Last week I noticed that the swing arm had some play when attaching a ratchet/socket on the axle nut. Up/down play, there is no side to side movement at all. Checked the shock bolts and the upper bolt mount had some play. After torquing that checked all the other bolts, cushion and center stand (forgot how much fun that spring was, yes, I took it off since one of the bolts for the cushion sits underneath it). I didn't check the swing arm since you need that special tool and the paint from the factory still lines up on the hardware. There is still a small "notch" (this is what it feels like) of play while on the center stand. It's barely there but I can still feel it. The rear shock is holding up fine, no losing oil or anything.
I have done absolutely nothing as far as maintenance goes when it has come to the suspension. After reading on here, along with the Suzuki maintenance manual, I have a pretty good idea how to get the thing apart and what to check. However, riding season up north here will be done in a couple of months and I am wondering if I'm still good to go until winter when I put it up for storage, as long as I keep checking it and it doesn't get worse.
I am thinking this winter, early next spring, of taking it apart and checking everything and replacing whatever it needs. I figure after almost 10 years it could use it. I guess I should get to the forks as well. Wish I had a insulated/heated garage! That would make this project easier as I'm not looking forward to it anyway.
Anyone with suspension experience, what is your opinion? Thanks in advance!
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