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  1. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hello, My more experienced motorcyclist friend tells me the forums are the "cool place" to get info on any motorcycle. I am diving into maintenance for the first time on my 07 DL650 in preparation for this coming season. I am slightly terrified. I will first be working on the shims, replacing...
  2. V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    Hi all, As I went to unlock my luggage, the whole cylinder came out with the key. From what I understand there is a bolt that holds that and a cam in place that probably backed its way off. Unfortunately the box is stuck locked and my wallet is inside. Does anyone know how to fix this problem...
  3. Maintenance, Tech and Products.
    Hi all, been stalking the discussion threads for a year and now that I've been teaching myself how to work on my Wee, I finally have a problem to ask about--lucky me! I have a black 2012 V-Strom 650 and decided to upgrade my front lighting situation with the nicely made Adventure Tech wiring...
  4. Maintenance, Tech and Products.
    Hoping to get some advice regarding an electrical fault I had this morning. Riding to work the gauge cluster started behaving oddly. Lights coming on and off, gauges reseting. The engine continued to operate as expected with no interruption. Eventually the odd behavior stopped and things...
  5. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hi, been riding my new wee... such a fun bike. :) I am excited to start doing mods as well as the maintenance. My question is about how best to do the maint (oil change, cleaning, etc). What I am talking about is to stand the bike up... the side stand does not allow for fluid changes or tire...
  6. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    i have a dl650 k6 42k old with a chec light since i got her but never affected riding just intermittently takes out clock .original problem with the bike was i could not go past 60 mph or give heavy throttle inputs or the bike would buck/sputter/fart and if i held it stall out . i took to...
  7. Maintenance, Tech and Products.
    HI new to the forum and new to the vstrom. I love the bike its my first 1000cc bike and love the power. Pulled a fat wheelie down the street earlier today lol... AAAnnnywhooo. Ive had the bike for about 3 days and I bought it off an old man who can ride it anymore due to weight of the bike. It...
  8. V-Curious
    I'm currently a BMW owner strongly considering making the switch to a V-Strom 1000. I've found a pretty good deal on a leftover 2014 at my local dealer. One of the things that is pushing me away from buying a BMW F800GS that I'm also looking at is the maintenance issue that I'm growing tired...
  9. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hey everyone! Im riding a 2009 DL650 and its about to hit its 18000km point and was checking out the maintenance schedule and notices a lot of hoses and lines are supposed to be replaced every 4 years. Since I bought it 2nd hand, I have no idea if any of these were actually done, I'm leaning...
  10. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    my vstrom dl650 k6 always had a chec light that annoys the crap out of me and it rode fine for a while but one day i rode through a heavy storm and chec light completely vanished i was so happy to be finally cured from it . things were fine for like 2 weeks and it came back i dont get what it...
  11. General V-Strom Discussion
    Looking to head out on June 14 for 2 weeks from Lexington, Kentucky for a wild west ride. Going to change all fluids (oil, coolant, check the brakes), and get a new set of Shinko 705s before I head out. Got to run some packing tests to see how my setup feels for camping, and I'll try to...
  12. V-Curious
    Hey Everyone, I am looking at a 2008 V-Strom and had a few questions. The guy selling it says that the Speedo sender is broken and needs to be replaced. He never did it because he's been riding a long time and can judge his speed quite well. I on the other hand have not been riding for a while...
  13. Suspension and Tire Tech
    I am fixing up a K2 Vee with 47K miles on it. What should I know about suspension? I know everyone talks about replacing the front fork springs and upgrade the rear suspension, but I am more concerned about knowing/testing what I have to know if I have a problem already or going to happen...
  14. DL650A - 2012-2016
    Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and I really appreciate all the information I could gather from you guys! I'm buying a new V-Strom 650 ABS (not too sure if white or red) and I would like to know what services can I expect for a brand new bike? I know about the normal oil, filter, chain and...
  15. DL1000 from 2002-2012
    I got the worst call I have ever received from my mechanic. First, he fired me from adjusting my chain ever again... ok, I admit to being lousy at it sometimes... Second... he said my swingarm had a crack in it... well all around the weld at the end on the left side was the BREAK... and I was...
  16. North East (Mid Atlantic)
    All- Does anyone have a mechanic they trust in the Fairfax/NOVA area? I've had Strom(s) for almost 3 years now, and have done all of my own maintenance up to this point. I need a place to get new tires installed, and have some other maintenance coming up that I don't want to handle...
  17. Maintenance, Tech and Products.
    I just purchased one of these bikes used (LOVE IT), and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for removing mar marking on the brushed aluminum exhaust covers? Thanks for your feedback!
  18. DL1000 from 2002-2012
    HELP Returning from Overseas AFG Service - 2003 DL1000 Hello Everyone, Newbie site member here with a 2003 Pearl Orpiment Yellow V-Strom. I just returned from overseas duty in Afghanistan totaling 2yrs, live in the Philly/NJ Metro area. I had the Strom serviced by a veteran who is a mobile...
  19. Maintenance How-to
    My weestrom has a (now) 8 year old rear shock. When I bought it a year and a half ago, I cranked up the preload, but it's nowhere near where it should be for someone my size (I weigh 255lbs, and regularly have my SO at 115lbs riding pillion). This combination pretty much squashes the spring -...
  20. Maintenance, Tech and Products.
    Changing the oil and filter for the first time myself on my 2012 DL650. First surprise was the amazingly small amount of oil that came out when I pulled the plug, removed the filler cap and unscrewed the filter. (Oil was hot BTW) I check the oil regularly and the site glass always reads full...
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