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The closer I get to our departure date of May 10, the more nervous I'm getting. So much to do. Mostly I'm aprehensive that this brand new bike that I have not taken delivery of, or even started, will be "one of the good ones". What if it's like one of these that we hear about in posts from time to time where the owners say they just do not run right and they can't wait to get rid of, and I have to put up with it for 9000 miles?

Many questions will be answered today, hopefully, as I've been told the bike will be ready for me to pick up at the dealer. It would have been ready last week, but the tech installing my Oxford heated grips accidentally let the glue set on the left grip before it was in the correct position. He cut off that grip and they had to order another set, their expense. It was supposed to come next day, but they screwed that up too, but have now confirmed they arrived today. Which cost me an entire weekend of desperately needed pre-oil change break-in miles. :(

I would very much appreciate some of this forum's more experienced Strommers to comment on my plans for prepping this brand new DL1000K07 bike:

(1) Throttle body sync performed by dealer prior to my pick up, supposedly (you don't think they'd just "say" they did it, do you?)

(2) Pick up from dealer today (hopefully)

(3) Put 100 miles on the bike today under break-in riding constraints (much varying of RPM's, mostly 3000-5000, occassional runs up to 6000-7000).

(4) Perform first oil change at approx 100 miles (regular motor oil)

(5) Ride to work and back the remainder of this week (approx 200 miles) under same break-in constraints

(6) Perform second oil change at approx 300 miles (regular motor oil)

(7) Ride the crap out of it all weekend without break-in considerations, and on work commute next week (should put me somewhere between 700-1000 miles).

(8 ) Perform third oil change. Not sure here whether to stay with regular motor oil and get an oil change done on the road at around 5000-6000 miles, or go with some type of synthetic and try to make the whole tour without another oil change. Comments?

(9) Leaving on tour Saturday May 10.
 

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I left out locktiting the chain guard screws, lubing the chain at every oil change, and assuring the throttle body boots are clamped on securely, which was supposed to be done by the dealer when they were performing the throttle body sync.
 

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You should be nervous, that means you're excited.

You will have some things to deal with while you are traveling, an oil change maybe, new tires maybe, maybe an issue or two about how perfectly the bike runs, like a TB Sync or something. And you are going to have to perfect your routine things like tire pressure and lubing/adjusting the chain.

Maybe a comfort issue will become important. It would be a little surprising if you headed out on a brand new bike for 9K miles and didn't have a nit or two about comfort, the seat, the screen, something.

Enjoy your trip, your new bike and deal with things as they come up. Odds are excellent you will not have a serious mechanical breakdown. And you sound like the consciencious type of owner that will have his brand new bike expertly shaken down when leaving day arrives.

I'd be so excited I would be awake all night if I were you :mrgreen:.
 

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call me ignorant, but why so many oil changes? I get the 100 mile one, but???

Isn't the service interval recommendation is 600 miles then like every 4000 after that. What does more frequent changes accomplish?
 

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Since you are so consciencious about oil, you probably won't like this idea. But if it were me, I'd go with synthetic oil just before leaving and not change the oil until I came home.

Synthetic oil that is run more or less continuously with relatively few heat cycles and days sitting would go 9K miles just fine. You'd probably be changing some clean oil that would lab test real well when you got back. And synthetic would take any kind of heat/cold riding stress from your trip really well. One less thing to think about. (That is assuming no dirt riding.)

Tires though, no way I'd get 9K out of a rear tire on a DL1K.
 

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Basso I wouldn't call you ignorant. Maybe I'm being ignorant and wasting time and money. I was trying to go roughly by the book but adding the 100 mile.

Corkus thanks for the vote of confidence on the synthetic. Never run syn in my V-Strom before but willing to give it a shot.

All comfort issues are already taken care of from my blue DL1000, so I know the Corbin seat and Givi windscreen on the Madstad bracket provides hour after hour of touring comfort.

Thanks again for your comments.
 

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Seems like a perfect schedule for the oil changes,and go with your gut feelings on what to use and when to change thereafter.The peace of mind re. your engine is going to be priceless. ENJOY
 

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Surely you have this covered but just a reminder. Go over the whole bike for loose nuts, bolts and fittings etc. Ride Safe.
 
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Carbide Dude,

Just chill a little bit. I know its sitting on you like a weight, but you're going to be fine. These bikes are solid, and a lot of the griping is about minutia. There's nothing about these bikes that a little bit of wrenchin' won't fix, and I mean a very little bit. You'll be fine. If you get to SoCal let me know.
 

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I appreciate you guys

Shep you're right I've been on pins and needles. I definitely need to take a chill pill. So many things have been going wrong at the last minute, but some of that's behind me now.

Naturally the bike wasn't ready yesterday, like it was suppose to be. The grips came in, but tech working on it was off - they pay by flat rate so nobody else would touch it - skeleton staff only on Mondays - really need to stick with the original tech because he did all the wiring - etc etc etc.

The tech came in today and he finished the black bike. I picked it up and was thrilled. It doesn't ride the same as my old blue one, it rides better. The motor is much smoother, esp low and high rpms. The blue bike is plenty smooth at 3000-5000, but the new black one is silk from 2000-6500, which was the highest I pushed it on its inaugaral ride. The blue bike is now at 6500 miles and I had put it in for a TBS at about 1000 miles and noticed only a slight improvement. I requested one for the new black bike, but this is a different dealer and they had no idea what I was talking about. So I printed off Shep's instructions from this forum, and they must have really did it right. So much so that I ask how much to get the same tech do a TBS on the blue bike. They still have it putting on a new set of tires, and they quoted $120 for the TBS, so I said do it.

I have attached our route, with only a couple of mods: We've added an additional day in AZ, and are going in 89A all the way down in Prescott, to get the whole run. Staying in Flagstaff that night. Other mod is we're heading straight South out of Wichita, down into OK, then over.

The extent of our SoCal plans are: We are riding down from Three Rivers (actually up, over, and down), into LA and straight to the Santa Monica Pier. Photo shoot, mostly, then along Venice Beach, then up to Santa Barbara for the night. I'm really nervous about CA. I hate traffic. Next morning straight up the coast to SanFran. We're staying an extra night in SF to get rear tires put on and bee bop around, streetcars, Alcatraz, etc.

I really appreciate your comments. It means a lot to connect with you fellow Strommers as I'm approaching this monumental event. My son is very very excited too.
 

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I just rolled my bike over 7,500 miles (in the past 9 months) and my bike has not seen a dealer or mechanic since delivery. I simply checked a few bolts and nuts here in there.....and none have been loose. I only had to adjust chain, lube chain and change oil and filter.

9,000 miles.....you will be pushing it to make that mileage on your stocker rubber. I am at 7.5k and feel I only have about 1,000 miles left and I ride pretty tame.

Regardless....I am probably one of many that are terribly envious.....man I wish I had the flexibility to make a 9k run.
 

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oil in new bike

I agree with the general consensus that the new Strom will work well for you. You'll have a week or so to ferret out any problems although I doubt that there'll be any.

However, I'm going to dissent on the recommendation to go with synthetic oil so early and leaving it in for the whole trip.

Your engine will still be breaking in for several thousand miles. The last time I examined the oil from an new Japanese bike (it was an '06 Yamaha FJR1300) there was lots of fine metal in the oil at the first and second oil changes. After that, no visible metal. One of primary purposes of engine oil is to wash away and remove wear particles and by-products of combustion. And while I agree that synthetics provide better lubrication under certain conditions (cold starts, etc), I really question the wisdom of leaving the contaminated oil in the engine for so long particularly during break-in.

So, my recommendation is to change on the intervals you mention but run non-synthetic oil at least through the second change. IMO, it is important to change the oil on the road at the recommended interval to remove break-in by-products. I'd also change the filter both times since it's going to collect break-in particles during this time. After that, you can go to the recommended every other oil change filter interval.

If you're inclined to do your own oil changes, you can pull the parking lot oil change trick:
  • plan ahead by taking some 2-gallon ziplock bags with you (also useful for keeping things dry
  • ride to the autoparts store
  • let the bike cool down a bit
  • buy your new oil in a gallon jug, also buy a disposable funnel
  • drain your old oil into a 2-gallon ziplock bag
  • change your filter
  • pour in your fresh oil
  • start the bike until the check engine (oil pressure) light goes off
  • top off to the fill line
  • pour the old oil back into the gallon jug
  • return the jug to the store for recycling.
If you have someone to help you hold the bag you can do this with spilling a drop although you'll want a rag or some paper towels to wipe off your hands. And yes, you waste about a quart but so what, it's easier than dealing with quart containers.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.
 
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...The extent of our SoCal plans are: We are riding down from Three Rivers (actually up, over, and down), into LA and straight to the Santa Monica Pier. Photo shoot, mostly, then along Venice Beach, then up to Santa Barbara for the night. I'm really nervous about CA. I hate traffic. Next morning straight up the coast to SanFran. We're staying an extra night in SF to get rear tires put on and bee bop around, streetcars, Alcatraz, etc...
If you want some local guides for the LA leg let me know. I'm sure we can get some SoCal Stromtroopers together for your arrival!
 

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Pegs

Which highway pegs do you have? I just installed the Pat Walsh engine guard and bash plate and am looking for the ones that fit and feel best. thanks

Stan Henley
 

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That's a great trip you have coming up in a week there Carbide. How are things coming along in Mission Control?
Hey Corkus thanks for asking. It's been a while since an update huh.

Picked up the new black bike Tuesday. It is really awesome. More differences than I expected between my old blue DL1000K07 and the black DL1000K07 as they should be identical. I had the tech perform a TBS on the new black one prior to delivery based on Shep's instructions which I printed out from this Web site, as the service dept claimed to not be familiar with the procedure. When I took delivery it proved to be much much smoother than the blue bike with 6500 miles. I began to doubt that the TBS I had ordered on the blue bike had been performed correctly, so I ordered another one from the same tech, while they were changing out the tires. Sure enough when I picked it up Thursday it is now also much smoother at <3000 and >5000 rpm, with much more precise throttle response in the lower octave. Still not quite as smooth as the new bike, but much much improved. The black bike sounds different. There is a breathy, airy type sound emitting from the left side of the bike that is not present on the blue bike, but it runs great so I just turn up the music and ignore it.

Got 100 miles on the new bike on Wednesday and did an oil change, then got to 300 on Thurs night and did another oil change. Problems with the crush washer. They sold me the wrong size. I questioned it but the parts guy insisted it was right. Even so, the old crush washer clung to the drain bolt and I couldn't remove it, so I decided not to add another one. (I had 1 correct one left from my stock pile) I decided to just go with NAPA 10W-40.

I booked a hotel reservation May 22 and 23 in San Francisco right around the corner from a Suzuki dealership and purchased 2 rear tires for them to hold. We are scheduled to arrive in SanFran the evening of the 22nd and will leave the bikes with them that Friday, so we'll just bum around the city for that day on streetcars and such. I'll either get them to do an oil change or pull a parking lot caper as Jim describes, depending on how much they want to charge.

Did a ride to North Alabama's Lake Guntersville yesterday after it quit raining, and currently on a ride South to visit relatives, so I've got 700 miles on her so far, will have 800 by the time I get home, and all is good. I should have around 1000 as I do the final oil change the eve of departure day. During the first 500 miles, the so-called break-in period, I varied the RPM's greatly, rode her very smooth, mostly 3000-5000 rpms, but with a few smooth runs up to 6500 and a couple up to 7500. Bike was so remarkably smooth in that range it felt like I was on my friend Dan's Wee. I was at 480 miles yesterday when I loped her on to the freeway for the first time, brought her gently up to a 5000 rpm indicated 100 mph in 6th gear and stayed there for a 50 mile jaunt. Not sure if this was a picture perfect break-in, but the bike is running great so it mustn't have been too bad.

Last night my son and I loaded up the saddlebags and touring bags and did a mock packing. Looks like we've got enough space for everything we need and a little more we just want.

Shep it would be really cool to get the escort! Also really hard to coordinate, I would imagine. If all goes according to plan, we should be entering the outskirts of LA mid afternoon on Wed May 21. Our plans are to get to the Santa Monica Pier for some photos, cruise along Venice Beach, maybe with an occassional stop, then up to Santa Barbara for the evening. If we get the escort at any point along the journey, it would be great to schedule an early supper somewhere along that stretch.

I will attach our LA route.
 

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I sent you my cell number in a private message. I'm about 90 miles north of your Santa Monica stop. I may not be able to get off work to take you around but if you run into trouble I'm sure I can get away. My principal/boss is a biker also.

Scott
 
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