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I'm another Beemer Boy looking for relieve from my maintenance woes. I'm coming from a 2007 F650GS with chronic water pump failures. I hate to do it. I love my little Beemer. Other than the one issue, it would be the perfect bike for me. I like it so much that I could even live with the water pump failure if it didn't occur so frequently.

What sucks the most is that when I was looking for a bike 2 yrs ago, the Wee-Strom was my first choice. I'd have bought one then but the salesman pissed me off so I bought a BMW (2nd choice) more for spite than anything else. I guess experience is gained more through failures than successes. So here's my list of questions on the Wee-Strom:

1. What's the factory specified maintenance schedule (oil change/valve adjustments)? I searched for an e-copy on the forum but could not find one.

2. Are there any known design flaws? This is a big one for me right now.

3. Although owning a Beemer has taught me to be a fairly competent mechanic and I do all of my own maintenance, what's the cost of routine maintenance at the dealer?

4. I've read on hear that it burns oil above 6K rpm. How big of a problem is this?

5. What other problems could I see with this thing?

Thanks for your time and help.
 

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Service schedule info at http://stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=27341.

Hard to say regarding design flaws. Design takes many things into consideration, including price and intended use. I'm sure there are things that folks wish they had done differently.

Not sure about dealer maintenance. For the best info there I'd call the dealer where you intend to have the work done and ask them. My experience is these prices vary widely regionally, and from dealer to dealer.

Not sure about burning oil above 6k, I don't spend much time there.

Problems, hmmm. I've had an 09 for about a month, just under 1800 miles so far. Biggest challenge I have had is getting enough time to ride it. Minor things, my rear axle appears to have a seal issue, it's weeping grease, my clutch wasn't adjusted properly when I picked up the bike. Time will tell.

I came from an R1200RT. I found the Wee more 'fun' to ride. I'd miss the RT for sustained freeway riding at high speeds. For everything else I'm content with the wee. My total cost of ownership for the wee, including depreciation, will be less than the cost of maintenance and consumables alone on the RT.
 

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I am selling my KGT because of the high maintenance costs. No, Im sorry Im trying to give it away at 30,000 miles for half of what I paid new in 07.
I bought a used 07 Vee and have done a few things to it but can say I enjoy this bike. At first in was underpowered to me and the buffeting issue was driving me mad. Got the madstad and cured that. Then I realized how much power this bike has and now I am totally satisfied. Damn, I could of had two new Stroms for the price of the Beemer.
Don't compare the two, just ride one with an open mind and you will like it. No issues for me and I have had it 3 months. Headed to the Smokies next week for a week, and plan on some dirt while Im there.
The tarnished roundel is going to make BMW a forgotten bike.
Your mileage may vary
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Depending on your hight you have the buffeting but thats an easy fix , get a fork brace it should be made law too be fitted to all stroms at birth (I have a RichlandRick brace it works great but what ever tickles your fancy) , markings on swing arm for chain adjustment dont line up very often so check that then get on go for a blat & enjoy.:cool:
 

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The only design flaw is that it's not the prettiest bike around, but when you ride it and got a huge grin on your face, who cares :)
 

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V-Strom Ownership and Reliability ?

2004 DL650. Bought new. Now has 21,000 miles. Just installed third rear tire at 20,500 miles. Second front tire looks like new with 9000 miles. Checked valve clearance at 15,000 (no adjustment required). New battery at 16,500 miles. New chain and sprockets at 18,000 miles (didn't do very much lubing or adjusting). New oil filter and synthetic oil twice a year - whether it needs it or not. Wax. Ride. Clean. Have fun personalizing with accessories (Madstad, Staintune Exhaust, K & N, Blaster Horns, Gel Seat, Fork Brace, etc.). Ride. Smile alot when riding. Try to decide if I can afford to have a DL1000, too, someday. Not getting rid of the DL650, maybe just add another V-Strom to keep this one company.

If you get the idea that I'm Completely Satisfied with my V-Strom, then you understand. My favorite motorcycle ever, in over 44 years of riding ALL KINDS of motorcycles. Excellent at many things. Very good at all the rest.

You should buy one and get the pain of BMW ownership behind you. You will not look back, once you have purchased the V-Strom.
 

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K6 DL650. Now 80,000km - and a fair part of that dirt roads.

Only non wear item to go so far has been a clutch cable - which is kindof a wear item anyway.

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I just bought a wee last week. and to be honest it was a big comparisum between the 800/650 (new) GS bikes and after all the issues on the BMW's I looked harder at the storm and to be honest here and on adv I found next to no major issues. Any bike can have a issue but even with general issues they are few and far between. The engine has been around for a long time now and proven bulletproof, general wee design an't changed in a while. But ya so far great ride and in all research its sounding like its bullet proof :)
 

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6K Oil Burn ????

My 2004 DL650 has spent the better part of its 21,000 mile life at 6,000 RPMs and above. It keeps its oil to itself. It has never shared its oil with the environment or used oil in any way. In my opinion, the oil consumption issue is a vicious untrue rumor, designed to mar the V-Strom's spotless reliability character.

Have you ditched your BMW for a V-Strom, yet ? Waiting is only postponing the agony and the inevitable. ;)
 

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Had my First reliability problem today, at 60 000km. Went for a long ride today and shopping after that. Tried to start the bike but nothing happened, instrument panel worked ok but no fuel pump whine. Checked fuses and found Ignition fuse blown, changed it and it blew again, and again. Started to scratch my head... Fortunately i noticed that fuse didn't blow until i hit starter button so i push-started the bike and way we went.

When i got home i started investigating more and i think the problem lies in the starter relay, i took it off and gave it few friendly taps and put it back. Now everything seems working, fingers grossed.
 

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From what I've seen on here, the later models are pretty well sorted out, FI problems aren't a issue, and the headlight relay is a simple fix. A lot depends on the dealer with any bike, and their are crappy dealers for each and every make, regardless of price! C-YA--BB
 
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