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  1. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hi All, New V-Strom owner! Bought a 2005 with all sorts of aftermarket add ons and I love the look, feel, and ease of ride. My only complaint/concern is when I apply heavy power to the rear wheel, such as going up a steep driveway or quickly getting up to speed on a highway, I hear a hard...
  2. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    I'm trying to diagnose a weird lurching jerking of the chain drive. The chain is not kinked anywhere, I replaced all three rear wheel/sprocket bearings, the spacers are all where they should be in the correct orientation. When I put the bike on the centerstand and drive the rear wheel to test...
  3. DL650A - 2012-2016
    Hey guys, hoping for a lifeline! I'm in need of a new chain and front/rear sprockets, but can't find anyone that has the sprockets in stock (chain I can get). I've called a couple places (Cycle Gear didn't think they carried the right sprockets for the Adventure model, and a local shop was up to...
  4. DL1050 from 2020 - ?
    I'd like to do the 530 pitch (sprockets & chain) conversion on the DL1050 for my next change. So far I've figured out that it uses the same counter-sprocket as the SV1000 (which comes stock with 530) among other models, but I can't figure out which 530 model is compatible with the DL's rear...
  5. DL1000 from 2002-2012
    Hi! So, I just adjusted the chain tension by following the service manual. Tightened it all back up according to manual order and specs (including axle nut to 72 ft-lbs) Everything was fine, except when I put it back up on the centre stand to lube the chain, I noticed it was too tight. So I...
  6. DL1000 from 2002-2012
    Chain Jumping I saw my chain was jumping whilst I added lube to it. I havent seen or felt anything off while riding, but I wanted to make sure that it wont become a problem down the line.
  7. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hey everyone! I've got an 08 wee 650 with 71,000 kms, I've had it for about 10 months and bought it with 63,000kms. I have noticed a sort of ticking sound at idle and at low rpm's, when I went to see my local mechanic he said that it is the cam chain tension that needs to be done, and that at...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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"...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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