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i posted this on another forum a couple days ago, but thought i'd share it here too.

well, i'm not actually sure how much life is going to suck just yet. today's seen a bit of down with a good portion of up. the downside first...

i left ashland, oregon this morning not sure where the hell i was headed other than south. well, i knew i was going to stop in redding for an in-n-out burger... and i did. life was good. as i approached sacremento i started thinking about where i wanted to plant myself for the evening. i zoomed out on the gps and thought i needed to stop somewhere around vallejo because i decided i needed to take a picture of the bike and the golden gate bridge.

about 10 miles outside of vallejo i hear a ping from the engine - like i needed a higher octane gasoline. hmmm... interesting. at the time i was headed uphill and under a serious load. all of the sudden the bike dies and i pull over to the side, look down and find the left side of the bike is absolutely covered in oil. not good - life or the bike.

i dismount and inspect. hmmm... the chain looks nice and clean. :) the bike's smoking and i take a few steps away cuz if it's going up in flames, i don't want to be anywhere near it. the bike cools and is dripping oil from everywhere south of the seat. meanwhile traffic is zipping by on i-80 and i'm in no mood or position to inspect the bike any further. it's toast.

so i call the local dealer who gives me a number of the towing service they use. here's what a stranded v-strom looks like:



and here's what one looks like on the back of a t-r-a-i-l-e-r. just ain't right:



i didn't get the bike to the dealer in time for them to look at it today so they'll check it tomorrow. before leaving the dealership i dropped the skid plate to see if the drain plug came out. it didn't. so the likely culprit is the clutch seal. the only peculiarity/warning was the bit of knocking i heard prior to the catastrophe. we'll know more tomorrow.

i bought the bike july 16th, 2005. it's 3 weeks out of warranty.

now for the ups...

the dealer here in vallejo has a couple dl1k's on the showroom floor. :) i'd rather not have to buy one.

i just sealed the deal on a new silver gl1800 abs:



quite honestly, i'm surprised someone else from here didn't snag this beauty of a bike. prakash was nice enough to go by and look at the bike, take it for a spin and look at the title. the seller was nice enough to come down on the price. not a jason price, although we started out at a jason price. we did, however, end at a price we could both live with. now i just gotta get out there and pick it up. depending what happens tomorrow, it could be soon! :)
 
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an update...

the dealer in vallejo told me it would be between 3-4k to fix the bike and it was indeed the clutch seal that disintegrated. not sure what can be about the bike being 3 weeks out of warranty, but i'd suspect nothing. the really crappy part is i attempted to purchase an extended warranty a week prior to the expiration, but the dealer didn't enter the data until after it expired. told me i was s-o-l. oh well. i shouldn't have waited as long as i did to purchase the extended warranty.

i inquired about purchasing a new strom from the dealer in vallejo, but they wouldn't deal. they also indicated they would have to charge me california tax because i was riding it off the showroom floor. the out-the-door price was wayyyyyyyyyyyyy out of line.

federal is shipping the strom to commonwealth - a dealer in louisville that i trust to give me all my options. i'm resigned to getting this bike on the road again. we've been places and, quite honestly, i enjoy the ride.

i caught a plane back to bowling green and am getting the gs ready for the road.

i got a plane ticket to d-c to pick up the new wing next week.

life is good.
 

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Tough break. When things break down on me, I get the urge to place a stick of dynamite and blow the thing to smitherines. Immature yes but very satisfying.

GL1800 nice bike. What a monster
 
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BHazz said:
Immature yes but very satisfying.
immature, hell. smart's more like it. you probably file a claim directly after, eh? :)

i've been looking for another gl18, but have been waiting for the right one to come along. this is the bike i've been waiting for. my other bikes are better-suited to one-up touring and long distance riding. my girlfriend will be much more comfortable on the wing.
 

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Re: an update...

jasonJonas said:
the dealer in vallejo told me it would be between 3-4k to fix the bike and it was indeed the clutch seal that disintegrated.
Oh Crap... Sorry to hear about this mate..

I was replacing my chain this morning and found that I to am missing the clutch pushrod oil seal....

I guess that I am very lucky that I found it before any damage has been done (or at least I hope no damage has been done).

I dont know if they are going to fix her underwarrenty, but I think they should, Will see in the morning when I limp over to springwood for them to take a look.

Mind you after reading your story I might just get her towned....
 

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Re: an update...

Actually thinking about it now, what year is your strom. Mines a K5 and if yours is out if warrenty its either a K5 or K4...

Perhaps there is a problem with the "clutch pushrod oil seal" on the newer stroms

I had my clutch replaced about 3 months back cause I burnt it out on a goat track, I had my clutch adjusted incorrectly and well i fragged it..

Suzuki had no parts here in Aus so I got goodrich plates fitted......

If I was you I would be looking for a totalled strom or SV650 and using the motor from that, mind you if she is only 3 weeks out of warrenty you might get suzuki to come to the party and repair it.....
 
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it's a k5. the only issues with the pushrod seal that i've heard is that some folks have noticed some leakage/damage as a result of replacing the counter sprocket. nothing catastrophic like this.

not sure what suzuki will do, but i'm not hopeful. the bike should be in louisville soon and i'll have a damn fine dealer to go to bat for me in this regard. we'll see what happens. i miss the strom.
 

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BHazz said:
Tough break. When things break down on me, I get the urge to place a stick of dynamite and blow the thing to smitherines. Immature yes but very satisfying.

GL1800 nice bike. What a monster
Beat it with a sledge hammer first, then a match in the gas tank. Much more satisfying.

Don't worry, after you mature you think of the sledge hammer and matches. :lol: :lol:
 

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In the end it turned out that when my chain came off it bent my clutch push rod and that is why it was leaking.

It cost me $15 in parts and $60 in labour and now its all good.

NOTE: they did not have my push rod instock but found that the GS500 has the exact same part so they used a second hand one to replace mine
 
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