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  1. Metal Rattling Noise - 2019 DL650

    DL650A - 2017+
    I bought my 2019 V-Strom 650XT Touring model brand new with zero miles. A short while after the first service, I began noticing a strange rattling noise that appeared to only occur when the speedometer read 51 mph on the dot. The noise is best described as a loose washer vibrating at high rate...
  2. Front sprocket noise

    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...
  3. Weird Noise can you help me?

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hi everyone, I have a 2007 V-Strom 650 with 82.000kms/50950 miles, and a few weeks ago started to make noise, which you can hear on this audio file (VstromNoise.mpeg) I have already changed the entire wheel transmission and rear-wheel bearings. But the noise is still there. Any clue what it...
  4. 'Ree' (?) sound?

    V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    Apologies if this has been posted before. I've got a 2007 650A, and recently had to replace the battery. After doing so, there's this 'ree' sound (honestly can't describe it in any other way, 98% sure it's electrical though) after I start the engine. It's really similar/identical to the noise...
  5. What can it be?

    DL1000 from 2002-2012
    Hello forum, The engine in my DL1000 V-Strom 2008 who have done 48.000km=29.800 miles are making some weird, almost rustling noises when it approaches 3k rpm. I dont have to accelerate hard for this to happen, but with slight acceleration i can get by without the stange noise. I very recently...
  6. Strange sound from behind Front Sprocket

    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...
  7. Sena Smart (Noise Cancelling) Helmet

    Techy World! GPS, Electronics, etc
    It looks like Sena will soon have a noise cancelling helmet on the market. I suspect it will be pricey, but I am very interested. Here is the overview from Revzilla: Sena Smart Helmet incorporates noise-cancelling technology - Common Tread - RevZilla
  8. Engine noise on 2012 (Japan) model.

    DL650A - 2012-2016
    Hi all. I would like your opinions on engine noise please. 2 days ago I traded in my Kawasaki W400 for a 2012 vstrom (Japan-market model) here in Japan. I guess there are very few mechanical differences apart from sprocket/ratio etc between Japan / Euro / U.S. models. Whilst my W400 had a...
  9. Windscreen and Buffeting 2012+ DL650 - Appendix 1 - Custom Deflectors

    DL650A - 2012-2016
    Apologies up front if this 'Appendix' idea goes against the 'the only one' theme of the main Windscreen and Buffeting thread... I'd be happy to move this topic into that thread but it is getting a bit long... so didn't want to clog it up. Happy to rename this if inappropriate too. Following on...
  10. Worn Sprockets

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    To the trained eyes here—do these look worn out to you?
  11. Noise? Who know??

    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...
  12. Strange noise

    DL650A - 2012-2016
    Hi, I just purchased a new 2012 VStrom Adventure last weekend and have about 100 miles on it. I traded in my Ninja 250 (first bike ever). I've been riding for only 1 year and have little mechanical ability (but am learning). I hear a high pitch squeaking (whistling? chirping?) noise in 3rd and...
  13. DIY Rod Bearing Swap?

    Maintenance, Tech and Products.
    So, I've been dealing with a metallic "tapping" (too loud to be called a "ticking") sound from the top of my front cylinder, for about 8k miles now. It does it most when it's warm, and from about 2,300-4,000 RPM, with no load (in neutral). After that, things get quiet. I put a mechanic's...
  14. Strange sound starts at about 45mph

    V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    Ladies/Gents, I have a small topic going on over at ADV looking for some maintenance advice. While the folks there are always helpful, and as I told a friend of mine today, I am running out of things to check that, if I found the culprit, I'd be able to fix on my own. You can view the thread...
  15. New Owner - Is this sound normal

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Just bought a DL650 on Friday - enjoying it! I'm hearing a hissing or some type of noise coming from the front (up through or under the faring) when the clutch is engaged and I'm giving it gas. If I dissengage the clutch or back off on the throttle the noise goes away. Is this standard on these...
  16. Help Needed: Advice on how to find the "Sweet Spot" on a MadStad bracket

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hello, I purchased a MadStad bracket despite mixed reviews on this site. The people who favor the product do so with quite a bit of zeal... I had hoped to experience that level of success, but sadly have not. I am 5'10" with a 32 inseam. I ride with an Icon AirFrame helmet. The MadStad is...
  17. Transmission noise

    General V-Strom Discussion
    My new 09 650 Vstrom, 1000 miles so far, has developed a fairly loud whine that I think is coming from the left side of the transmission. I can hear it whenever a car or road divider is on the left side of the bike at most speeds. It is not audible unless there is something for the sound to...
  18. Post-valve adjustment clicking noise. Your thoughts?

    DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hey all, Partly out of sheer boredom and cabin fever living in Michigan, I tore apart my '06 Wee with 10k miles, cleaned and adjusted everything, then put it back together. One of the things I did was a valve adjustment. 6 of the 8 were either out of spec or on the low (tight) end of the...
  19. Chain or bearing noise

    V-Strom Service & Maintenance Questions/Discussion
    I just passed the 600 mile mark on my bike. Right before I got to this mark, I started hearing a chain or bearing noise located on the left side of the bike. The noise only starts up when I am going faster than 10-15 mph, and only exists when I am delivering power to the rear wheels...