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I just brought my brand new Strom home from the dealer recently and went over it. I found a few things the wrench missed. The most obvious was the idle was only 1,000 RPM. The water hose clamps were slightly loose. A few of the fairing screws were loose, and I was disapointed in the battery voltage at 12.84V. I am going to pull the battery and see if I can up the voltage into the 13's with my battery tender. I serviced a new battery for my wife's Savage and tested at 13.2v after being installed for 48hrs. I checked the rear fender bolts since I heard they could fall out before you get home, but they were tight. Not only were they tight but they held considerable resistance after a few turns with a T handle. I just backed them in again. Maybe Suzuki has addressed this problem. The tire pressure was 1lb. under the sticker recommendation. Now this is not a biggie, except the salesman told me it was their policy to add 3 to 5lbs to each tire for better longevity. He claims they will run cooler.
All the problems were a breeze to correct, but geez why can't they just do their PDI responsibly.

When I pull the battery, is there a ritual or drill you have to go through to reset the computer like some BMW's require?
 

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Why pull the battery? Can't you hook up the tender while it is in the bike with the seat off? Better yet, does the bike start OK? I say charge the battery by riding the bike - use it as excuse to go riding - enjoy! Give the bike a "shakedown cruise" and then double check all the nuts, bolts, clamps, chain slack, oil level, pressures, etc.
 

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We sure can't find fault with your diligence. The PDI wasn't that bad actually but you went one better and that is good. A suggestion though, check your tire pressure gauge against a couple others for accuracy and then ride it to charge the battery. I did have my battery disconnected and the only ritual was setting the clock again. Ride It, Ride It, Ride It Some More.
 

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I like to remove the battery so I can more accurately top up the electrolyte level. I have a theory on putting a new battery into service. A slow, low charge will result in a higher voltage battery, and therefore longer life. A Battery Tender will charge at a maximum rate of 0.75 amp and will charge as little as 0.1 amp before it gets to the float mode. If you used a high amp automobile charger or the Stroms charging system your new battery is charged rapidly at a high rate. It is just a case of low levels over a long time triumph over high levels quickly. OK I will stop. I feel I am getting a bit anal now.
Water Warrior, I have three tire pressure gauges and they are all within 1lb so I think I am ok with my numbers.
I have two coats of Mothers Carnuba wax on the painted parts and after I put two coats of Polymer wax on the wheels and frame, I am going to put more hard break in miles on this sucker.
 

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Fearless Freep said:
I just brought my brand new Strom home from the dealer recently and went over it. I found a few things the wrench missed. The most obvious was the idle was only 1,000 RPM. The water hose clamps were slightly loose. A few of the fairing screws were loose, and I was disapointed in the battery voltage at 12.84V. I am going to pull the battery and see if I can up the voltage into the 13's with my battery tender. I serviced a new battery for my wife's Savage and tested at 13.2v after being installed for 48hrs. I checked the rear fender bolts since I heard they could fall out before you get home, but they were tight. Not only were they tight but they held considerable resistance after a few turns with a T handle. I just backed them in again. Maybe Suzuki has addressed this problem. The tire pressure was 1lb. under the sticker recommendation. Now this is not a biggie, except the salesman told me it was their policy to add 3 to 5lbs to each tire for better longevity. He claims they will run cooler.
All the problems were a breeze to correct, but geez why can't they just do their PDI responsibly.

When I pull the battery, is there a ritual or drill you have to go through to reset the computer like some BMW's require?
I think something else needs a checkup.
 

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Sooo afmeyer, you think therapy is required if someone corrects a lazy service technician's mistakes? I insist on things being done at the highest level. How could that be wrong?
Oh and I know you think I'm crazy but I have improved my battery's resting voltage to 12.98v.
 

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Fearless Freep said:
Sooo afmeyer, you think therapy is required if someone corrects a lazy service technician's mistakes? I insist on things being done at the highest level. How could that be wrong?
Oh and I know you think I'm crazy but I have improved my battery's resting voltage to 12.98v.
The battery will charge if you ride the bike! :wink: Well......I 4got, you have a Wee Strom, can they even charge a battery? :lol: Jokes aside.... you can't count on dealers to do anything, they don't care about you once the check is written. Motorcycles are very maintenance intensive, it is our responsibility to keep us safe!

IMHO though....you are sweating some pretty small details, but.....to each his or her own! 8)
 
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