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Hello
I just picked up a new 2011 DL1000 today and took a leap of faith as in never having the chance to ride a V-Strom before. I have always liked the look and function of this bike, and the Honda Varadero, and am coming from a Kawi Concours. I am not that overly concerned, seeing as it is new and under warranty, but can any 1000 owners chime in here with their experience.
When riding at about 20-40 mph I can hear the rumble from the exhaust exiting behind me, but I can also make out a noise (valvetrain perhaps?) coming up from directly beneath me, sorta loud. At highway speeds, the wind noise drowns it out and the bike seems to run and idle just fine. Is this a normal top-end noise for this motor? My 1400 Concours was quiet, but then the motor was hidden beneath the bodywork as well. Like I said, the bike runs just fine, but I have no other to compare it to. Is this indeed a normal sound for the V-Strom 1000? Thanks in advance for all replies!
 

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Yep they sound like a box of marbles. It is normal.
 

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Yes it can be. Mine now has over 28000 miles on it and it sounds pretty much the same. Just poor in the regular fuel and do oil changes you should have a ton of fun for many kilometers.
 

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Yep! 2011
We got em up here in the land of the ice and snow...kinda reminds ya of a certain Zeppelin song don't it?
But seriously...noisey motor. Dang!!!
 

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also it's a v twin so its bound to be a bit more harsh that a 4 banger
 

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Grats

Yes sounds like a cheap drill I guess its the valve train right under your crotch

MOTOMAN Breaki IN

At least change the oil and filter NOW and then very soon.
 

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Fyrman, that video really shows the difference between the Vee and the Wee suspension. I don't think I'd ever get that smooth a video on my Wee.
 

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The cure to the DL1000's noisy running condition is actually quite simple:

 

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When I first got my V, I was amazed at all the gear noise whir and general clatter that one hears from the engine. Still am, 10,000 k later, but there's nothing wrong with it so why worry.
 

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Mine's been compared to a sewing machine on occassion... (You know who you are!)

I had some concerns about some of the drive train noises about my new-to-me DL650. Anything vids along these lines with a WeeStrom?
 

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That vid makes a good case for ear plugs.
 
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