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Sorry to those of you looking for some super exclusive exotic, its my 2006 DL1000. In its defense, read the story that follows.



This bike has been transformed, it is pure joy to ride. More responsive, smoother, more versatile. It is amazing!

I finally decided I would take the time for some maintenance and to install some accumulted farkles. In terms of performance, I did the following:

1.) Discovered the boot from the air box was not even attached to the front throttle body. Replaced the stripped screw on the clamp and installed the boot properly.
2.) Installed a K&N air filter.
3.) Installed extension hoses to simplify throttle body synchs, and did a synch.
4.) Removed secondary throttle butterflies.
5.) Adjusted throttle cables.
5.) Installed 43T rear sprocket.

Since I did everything at once I can’t comment on individual improvements but I can tell you that the sum of my efforts is awesome. The thing now pulls like a freight train, 6th is a completely functional gear and it runs smoother at all speeds than it used to. I love it! I went for a ride yesterday and every time I twisted the throttle I grinned like an idiot.

Removal of the secondarys has made the throttle much more responsive. I felt the stock setup had too much lag to it and it was imprecise. Now, it is instantaneous and crisp. I find it much easier to match engine speed to bike speed for butter smooth shifts, up or down.

The 43T sprocket lowered the gearing enough that it is completely useable at sensible highway speeds. The bike cruises nicely in the 100 – 110 kph (65 – 70 mph ) range now, and doesn’t feel like its lugging. Running up through the gears is a riot and the bike just rockets ahead, gaining speed at an amazing rate.

I liked this bike a lot from the day I bought it but I did have some issues with how the engine ran and I knew the gearing was not right for me. These relatively simple and relatively inexpensive changes have transformed the bike. Now I simply love it. I can’t think of a more capable, versatile machine. Head out and blast back roads, explore that quiet gravel route or snap on my Givi bags and head out on the highway for a week, this V-Strom thing will do it all and do it well.



Other add-ons included a Blue Seas aux fuse box, Stebel compact air horn (to be the first accessory for any new bike in the future) and a Speedo-Healer.
 

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Nice write up.

Where did you get the screen? That is what I am looking for?
 

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I actually wrote about it in a reply to one of your posts. Its a stock screen with 3-1/2 inches cut off the top and painted black. Cheap and easy.
 

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So now Heavy can rave about his girlie bike even more. lol. Good to hear the bike runs well without a lot of messin around and expense.
 

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Is there any good step by step instructions for removing the 'secondaries'? I would like to do this but am not sure how to get to it...


Thanks,
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BrianG said:
Is there any good step by step instructions for removing the 'secondaries'? I would like to do this but am not sure how to get to it...


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B
Take off your fuel tank and pull out your air cleaner. Look down and you will see down into the intake and the secondaries will be staring you in the face. On the secondaries each will have 2 phillips head screws. Take out the screws and pull out the secondarys. Do not drop the screws into the intake and leave them. Then put it all back together.
 

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Simple as that. Only thing that makes it a little less scary is to rub the screwdriver shaft with a magnet before you start unscrewing the phillips screws. You will magnetize the screwdriver and reduce the chance of dropping the screws into the intake.
 

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water warrior said:
So now Heavy can rave about his girlie bike even more. lol. Good to hear the bike runs well without a lot of messin around and expense.
'Dis ain't no girlie bike no more. It'd kick your little Wee-wee's ass!
 

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Did I read correctly ? You say "no more" Then it was and you admit it.
 

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Did I read correctly ? You say "no more" Then it was and you admit it.
Just trying to maintain continuity in your skewed view of the situation.

The reality is that it was a Man's Bike from day 1. Now its a Serious Man's Bike.

Just ask stromette, she's done the same mods to hers.

Aren't you supposed to be working or resting up to work or something like that? :wink:
 

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Simple as that. Only thing that makes it a little less scary is to rub the screwdriver shaft with a magnet before you start unscrewing the phillips screws. You will magnetize the screwdriver and reduce the chance of dropping the screws into the intake.
Plus a dab of thick grease on the end of the screwdiver as an extra "screw magnet".

I also put a piece of clean rag under the secondaries, just in case. Remove it afterwards :D :D
 

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Did you buy your 43T rear sprocket in Canada, if so, where from?


I see Adventure Motostuff sells one for $31 but want $16 for shipping.
 

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Heavy

Did you buy your 43T rear sprocket in Canada, if so, where from?


I see Adventure Motostuff sells one for $31 but want $16 for shipping.
Got it from a local shop. I think it came from Motovan. Its a JT. I ordered it and it took about 2 days to come in...then it took me 3 weeks to install it. :roll:
 

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Heavy

Did you buy your 43T rear sprocket in Canada, if so, where from?


I see Adventure Motostuff sells one for $31 but want $16 for shipping.
Got it from a local shop. I think it came from Motovan. Its a JT. I ordered it and it took about 2 days to come in...then it took me 3 weeks to install it. :roll:
Thanks Heavy. I got my local dealer to order a JT 43T from Motovan. With 10% off it will cost $42 + taxes.

Better than sending away for it. I will have to check Motovan out whenever I need something :D
 

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Glad it worked for you. I am really pleased with what the sprocket change did for my bike. I hope you appreciate it too. Let me know what you think of it once you get it installed.
 

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A real serious man wouldn't ride a bike, he wouldn't know how to enjoy himself.
 
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