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I recently purchased an '04 dl1000 barely used (300 miles) from a seemingly respectable guy in Jeresey City, and right before i completed my purchase I started reading as many posts on this site as I could because I wanted to be prepared for anything i might encounter with this bike.

I noticed that many people had posted regarding the flat spot in the acceleration around 2800-3500 rpms, and that they had found the easy fix by getting their fuel map retuned, so I expected to have the flat spot and started looking around for a place to get it retuned.

Sure enough, when I picked up my shiny awesome nearly-new bike, I noticed the flat spot right away, in every single gear. I also noticed that the bike wasnt idling steadily (jumping btwn 1000-1400 and then if i blipped the throttle it would stay at 2500 and not come down) and had a somewhat jerky acceleration off of a dead stop, or any time i was going less then 5 mph in 1st gear.

After sorting thru various dealer bullshit (its supposed to drive that way; all V-twins have that problem; etc.) i finally found a place that would do the retuning for me. Suzuki of Ramsey on Rt 17 south in Ramsey, NJ (approx 10 min from my house). I explained the flat spot in my acceleration and that I had looked up how to get it fixed, and while the mechanic remained skeptical about my retuning the fuel map fixing anything - he agreed to perform my desired modifications for 1/2 hrs labor cost (approx $42 with tax). I had him retune my fuel map by increasing the idle circuit by 2%, and increasing the low and mid values by 5% each.

When this had been completed, he stated that he felt no difference in his 2 mph drive around the parking lot and declared my bike 'unsafe to ride' and made sure to write that all over my service report sheet. He then suggested that I bring my bike in to get checked for the idling problem and that this service center charges a $70 inspection fee just to look for a problem...then if they find one he would then charge me for whatever parts and labor ($75/hr) they would need to fix it. I told him I wasnt interested and left.

One good note, i noticed the flat spot at 3500 was gone from all gears, except the jerky acceleration was then more pronouced (possibly because i wasnt downshifting to keep the rpms over 4000 anymore)

However, in the 1 week that I had owned the bike i had put over 700 miles on it anyway, it was due for its first service so I went to a recommended service center (Circle Cycle - 570 N Broad Ave, Ridgefield, NJ) and told them to A: do the first service, and B: while they were in my bike, find out why the idling and acceleration was screwed up.

I dropped my sweet corner eater bike off on a tuesday morning shortly after they opened - and they called me wedsnday afternoon to tell me that my bike was completely done and fixed. According to the mechanic, one of the Spark Plug Caps was shorting out whenever the bike got hot from use

He replaced it with an aftermarket one and the bike runs PERFECTLY!!!

Everything is now smoother (acceleration, shifting, etc.) and all the power problems I was having are completely gone!!!

The price of the initial service plus the spark plug replacement and labor came to about $130 - but absolutely totally worth it for my new baby which now runs the way it SHOULD have run right off the floor, and every day since.

So in conclusion -

If you live in the Bergen/Hudson/Passaic county areas of NJ, I strongly recommend Circle cycle for their service, and if u need ur fuel map redone, go to suzuki of ramsey and just keep insisting that u need them to do it for you, and you dont care what their opinion on whether it will work or not is - cuz trust me - it works great.

Im now a happy V-strom 1000 owner! yay!!! :D
 

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Don't you just love getting service from the 'Experts' that will not do what you ask. I have had that similar issue with a backfire that they said could not exist. Found a new mechanic and he solved it in 10 minutes. Gasket was leaking air and backfiring into the air cleaner... Amazing.

Glad you got if fixed.
 
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Finally someone talking about remapping. I signed up to see what other DL1000 owners were saying about fuel injection tuning. All I got in return was suggestion to wear ear plugs. When you say flat spot does the engine sound and feel like it is rattling from predetonation at partial throttle opening, RPM 2500-3500 and climing a grade on say a residential street posted 25MPH, watch children, etc.??

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it just felt like my speed and acceleration were building with constant throttle and then, right in the bad spot it just wouldnt go any faster unless i turned the throttle alot more, plus it sounded like it was shuddering under the intense force of....speeding up into side street traffic

Im so glad i got it fixed :D
 

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use these posts.

When I went to the dealer, I took a copy of everyone's post on the remapping and the % of increases. There are probably 20 or so success stories here that you can use to convince the service people. I think the remap is a must. It can't be healthy to have the 1000 run that lean, and have what sounds to me like early detonation. Doug.
 
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