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I spent my first weekend with my DL1000. Only 4,000 miles on the clock, and on the way home with temps in the upper 80's it died 4 times on my short 15 mile ride home. Sputters/hickups occassionally on light throttle.

Toaday after a 50 mile ride I came out to the garage to find a tablespoon or two of oil on my garage floor under the Vstrom. Removed the chin guard and found oil weeping from the forward cylinder gasket.

Right now I'm seriously thinking of asking for my Versys back. The only silver lining is the bike has two weeks of warranty left.

I may call the BMW dealer I bought it from and ask them to take it to a Suzuki dealer, and have the items repaired.

I hope I did not get a lemon.

Any advice?
 

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I doubt you got a lemon, but I can understand your being worried. I'm not sure there such a thing as a V-strom lemon.

I'd take it back to BMW and tell them you're not happy because they sold you a bike with problems, and tell them to get it sorted out. If they try to weasel out, just take it to a reputable Suzuki dealer in your area, and get them to do the warranty work. Make a laundry list before you go, and tell them to get it all worked out.

I'm confident that once you get things sorted out, you'll love the bike.

Lucas
 

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BAd gas
Old gas has water in it ask them to drain ALL the gas

Rats in the airbox

There is an oil cooler connection in the front that sometimes needs tightening and it will stop weeping

Even when you get it back running the answer is

SEAFOAM!!

You'll be fine
 

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My DL1000 wasn't as smooth in the lower RPMs as I wanted until I added a Power Commander. The mixture is pretty lean from the factory. Or it might just need to be adjusted.

Mine also leaked oil, but it was coming from the clutch activation rod. A $2 seal took care of that.
 

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Minor, fixable stuff, man don't throw the towel. This kind of stuff can happen to a Versys, too.

Part of owning a bike is figuring it out...this is a great opportunity to establish a "checklist/baseline" of maintenance starting with setting proper idle speed, syncing your secondaries, checking TB boots, adjusting the TBS and TPS, etc.

I've had small issues like yours here and there, with many bikes, shit happens the Vee is a superb bike give them a chance to fix it, and then go through the bike properly.
 
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