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Have a new 2006 Strom with about 1200 miles; I changed the oil at 300 and 600 miles and decided to go Mobil 1. When I drained the oil, it was very thin and smelled strongly of gas. The bike does not smoke, knock, ping, rattle, or otherwise indicate a problem; it has been meticulously broken in. So, the question is, where is this coming from and what do I do about it? Suddenly I'm seeing the spectre of having no bike for the blossoming riding season...
 

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This is the second post like this I have read today. Redbeard has the same post. Never had this with my '05 and I also would be a little worried. Let us know what the dealer has to say regardless of any answers you get on this forum. Good luck.

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This is the second post like this I have read today. Redbeard has the same post. Never had this with my '05 and I also would be a little worried. Let us know what the dealer has to say regardless of any answers you get on this forum. Good luck.

~Mike
Mike,

Actually, it's the same bike. A good friend of mine didn't realize I was already a member of this forum, and "signed me up" with a new ID. So there is only 1 Vstrom with gas in the oil.

The dealer and a few folks on another forum all think it's a engine break-in thing - a little blow by while the rings seated... we'll see.

It runs great - doesn't burn oil - get's about 40 mpg - so there is no other problem sysmptom... I'll give it a few hundred more miles and change the oil again - maybe send the oil out for analysis just to be sure. I also talk to the dealer about doing a leak down test of both cyclinders when it's in for service - he was OK with that.

Time will tell.

On the plus side - went out for a couple of hundred mile ride today - did about 40 miles of dirt/gravel roads - I really like this bike!!! :D

Take care,
Bob S.
 

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Excellent Redbeard. Thought we had an epidemic there for a minute! Hopefully, the dealer is right but if not that is what a warranty is for. I understand not wanting to be without your bike while it gets fixed, especially now that the weather is getting nice. Take care, enjoy the riding, and keep us posted at your next service.

By the way, how did the dirt/gravel portion of the ride go?

~Mike
 

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Mike,

I think it did very well in the gravel - the only tense moments were on a couple of stretches where the mountain road was under repair and there was a lot of fresh/deep gravel - but standing up on the pegs made a big difference in how the bike felt under me.

My riding buddy Jim, was on a BMW GS Adv. - and the only problem was since he was setting the speed, 1st gear was too low and 2nd seemed too high, so I was jumping back and forth a lot for a bit - then decided to leave it in first and let it rev a little higher than it felt happy with.

We were mostly on back roads leading around and up to the Blue Ridge Parkway here in Virginia - it was a great day to be out and about.

Take care,
Bob S.
 

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Very cool. Sounds like a lot of fun. The only issues I have had is in the deep gravel too, but I think most bikes would have similar problems.

Thanks,
Mike
 
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