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  1. V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    Should be a quick one to answer. Pretty sure this isnt normal: I'm in the middle of cleaning the chain and all the links are still sticky / not uncurling after the sprockets. Bike has a weird oscillating grinder sound at lower speeds and I'm guessing this is the culprit. New-to-me as of...
  2. DL650A - 2012-2016
    I'm looking to chain my chain and sprocket as I rode 15,000km last season and I'm not sure how many km the chain and sprocket had on from the previous owner. I'm looking to keep the OEM 15T front and change to a 45T back so that I can keep up with my riding buddies. I was wondering if someone...
  3. DL650A - 2012-2016
    I’ve just changed the chain and sprockets of my 2012 Glee but there seems to be a buzzing noise coming from the front sprocket. I put my phone in my bike boots and recorded this sound (Noise). I am hoping that it is the absence of the OEM rubber dampener on the new DID front sprocket, but I’m...
  4. General V-Strom Discussion
    I recently noticed the tool tube on my 2012 Wee was pushing the guard into the chain when the suspension's compressed, and on my last ride the guard gave up the ghost. Didn't notice it was gone until I got home. I'm looking to do a 200 mile trip tomorrow, all pavement. Should I be worried...
  5. V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    So my 06 DL1000 I bought in February only had 11K on it. This being my first bike with a chain drive I had no idea what to expect. Over time and 3k miles later it is time for a new chain, sprockets and rear tire. Chain was never lubed from 06 and was needing adjustment way to obtain so air on...
  6. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hey guys! Just replaced front and rear sprockets, and chain, which involved taking rear wheel off. I got everything buttoned up and chain tightened, but there seems to be a tight spot and some noise coming from the rear end. I went to take it for a ride, and couldn't even get out of the...
  7. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hi Everyone! Riding yesterday felt bumpier than usual on the highway, so I was thought maybe this time it's me and not the shitty California roads. Changed the oil tonight ( yay spring cleaning ) & while on the center stand, tightened the chain ( it was loose ). After tightening, There's ~3/4"...
  8. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    I just installed a new rear tire today. When I reassembled the bike I took it for a quick spin and came back to clean and lube the chain. While spinning the wheel I noticed a new sound that I haven't noticed before. I'm hearing a clicking noise that seems to be coming from inside the engine...
  9. General V-Strom Discussion
    I have been dealing with chains for about 60 years now, and on a long ride this weekend I gave chain longevity some thought. It seems that if you lube the chain it lasts longer. Yet it's lubed internally, so why should lubing the sprockets affect chain life? So here's my proposed answer...
  10. General V-Strom Discussion
    I noticed a chain adjustment was due and it was to be the first one I have done since I purchased my '09 Wee. (No I did not buy it in 2009 LOL) The local independent dealer completed this task for me last time while the motorcycle was in for another repair. When I broke the axle nut loose and...
  11. DL650A - 2012-2016
    New VSTROM owner (used, purchased in 2012) since November ‘13. Bike had 14k + on the clock and was in beautiful shape, and included new tires and some after-market farkles. Could not resist the price, bought same. Previous owner had taken sick and had friends sell the bike for him. Bike...
  12. DL650A - 2012-2016
    Hi everyone. I bought a 2012 Wee a couple of weeks ago, and I'm at 900 miles. I thought it was time to inspect the chain tension and it looked like there was just under 2" of movement. With the manual's guidance I adjusted the chain, but now there is a loud hum that's especially noticeable as I...
  13. General V-Strom Discussion
    Chain maintenance always seems to produce a lot of lube over spray and its always a pain in the… to clean off. Since I had a bad case of winter boredom, I decided to build one of those aerosol chain-lubing blocks to direct the spray. This chain-lube block is based on one that was mentioned in...
  14. V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    Hi folks - my Wee, now with 26,000 miles or so on it, seems to have picked up an odd... pulse. When accelerating hard from a stop, I definitely feel and hear a weird sound from the drive train. I wish I could identify it, but it's part pulse, part "grunch" sound, and sometimes it's regular and...
  15. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    To the trained eyes here—do these look worn out to you? https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rllv6ai9thpthy9/2xVzOQJ8qY/front.JPG https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rllv6ai9thpthy9/yxEaBLcZTu/rear.JPG
  16. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Its always been a noisy sounding thing to me, and I've read All the threads on clutch noise, chain & sprocket alignment and noise, etc. Its not clear to me what is happening with mine from what I've read so far. Here's what I notice. Strong 'chaffing/chuffing' on left side, always more...
  17. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    In the last week or so I was hearing a knocking sound when starting out in first, or reaccellerating in second. I jacked up the rear end and found a bit more play in the chain than I wanted, so I went through the tightening routine and took a test ride, only to hear less of that but now more of...
  18. V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    Alright here it is. If you don't want to know how it happened, skip to next paragraph. >>> Today tackled my first ever chain and sprockets replacement. I'll skip the details of how that went... needless to say I ama beginner hobby mechanic, figuring things as I go. I got my new sprockets on and...
  19. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Recently, about 2,000 miles ago, I put a new chain and replaced both sprockets at the same time. I lube it regularly and keep my eye on slack. Now sometimes I can see upper slack while chain in the bottom becomes pretty tight, about 10 mm if not less. If I put my bike on a center stand, put a...
  20. V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    I changed the chain on my 2002 V and it went smoother than imaginable. First, I couldn't see any wear at all on the rear sprocket so I decided not to change it. I know some people will disagree but no wear is no wear. It saves a lot of work and some expense. Check out the first picture...
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