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so my saga with the vstrom continues. Kept smelling burning oil after coming off the interstate since getting it back from the dealer.

Rode back yesterday and we check out the bike and come to find out that the rear shock is leaking its guts out and onto the header which then gets burned off.

Bike has 9727 on the clock, never been off roading and is a commuter bike only. Anyone else got some similiar stories besides MrPete?
http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-2012/144265-rear-shock-spring-shot.html#post1793097
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At the rate that this bike has failures it might be time to sell soon.
 

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So my saga with the vstrom continues...Bike has 9727 on the clock, never been off roading and is a commuter bike only... Anyone else got some similiar stories besides MrPete?

At the rate that this bike has failures it might be time to sell soon.
Your list of woes (stated in the signature section of your post and repeated in italics below) sounds like a bunch of oddball, unrelated, one-off problems to me. Based on my experience and that of plenty of others these are normally rather trouble-free bikes.

1) Chain and sprockets worn at 9100 miles, recommended to be replaced despite every 500 mile adjustment and lube =(
2) Entire wiring harness replaced at 9233miles by SEP after headlight failure
3) Rear shock busted at 9727miles.......


I'm curious - what chain lube did you use when the chain and sprockets wore out by 9100 miles ? If it wasn't a lubricating oil I can understand the failure at 9100 miles (mine's at 20,000 + on original sprockets and chain and both seem to be in great shape - I lube at each fuel fill-up (about every 250 miles) with gear oil or used engine oil).

The entire wiring harness replacement is just weird. In 2-3 years of faithful, virtually daily reading here I've never heard of such a thing - or anything close to it.

As for the shock, I weigh nearly 300 pounds and my wife weighs just over 100 pounds. We've ridden 2-up a fair amount, and (slowly) over some rough, rocky "roads", and the shock's fine at 20K + miles, and I'm sure there are plenty of other examples of many, many more trouble-free shock miles.

I can understand your disappointment, and I'm sorry you're having to put up with these issues, but Wees are just too much fun and generally much too reliable to consider a different bike. Just my humble opinion of course...
 

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i experienced chain failure as well at 10k miles. lubing every 500 miles with Motul. it happens. there are sometimes bad parts. i've got 12500 on my 2012 and am really light, no issues with shock yet..
 

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The entire wiring harness replacement is just weird. In 2-3 years of faithful, virtually daily reading here I've never heard of such a thing - or anything close to it.
My 2007 actually needed to have the wiring harness replaced at around 34,000 miles; and the "fairing harness" (front wiring to headlights, gauges, etc.) at 50,000. That is the only thing that has ever gone wrong on that bike. Details:

http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-2004-2011/52177-intermittent-power-loss-rough-running-2007-650-a.html

I still consider reports of failures of any components to be anomalies and not indicative of the overall reliability of the Strom. As far as shocks go, hell, as far as anything goes; sometimes you just get a bad one. Shit happens. Sucks when it happens to you, but it is going to happen to someone. Statistical probability and all...
 

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BSK, is the oil leak the damper or the hydraulic preload adjuster? The adjuster is an easy fix. Agreed, it should not have happened.

The chain is also odd. Somebody did something wrong. It could have been way out of alignment or overtightened or something else. The chain does not need adjustment every 500 miles--at least mine doesn't. It gets a shot of lube every 500.
 

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...I still consider reports of failures of any components to be anomalies and not indicative of the overall reliability of the Strom. As far as shocks go, hell, as far as anything goes; sometimes you just get a bad one. Shit happens. Sucks when it happens to you, but it is going to happen to someone. Statistical probability and all...
Very true and appropriate statements, I think.
 
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