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post #1 of 20 Old 12-10-2015, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Potential Glee buyer nervous

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After many happy years riding a big touring bike, I have (nearly) decided on a Glee for future touring. But....there is some discussion in This forum about stator failures. I would be most unhappy if the stator failed 1000 kilometers from home!
Is this a seldom problem or is it something to be seriously taken into consideration?
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-10-2015, 09:32 AM
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Just install a series regulator, problem solved!


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Almost all motorcycles have their charging system coils internal to the engine cases. I don't think V-Stroms are significantly more likely to develop coil issues than other models. Changing to a series regulator/rectifier will keep the stator cooler.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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While installing a different style regulator/rectifier MAY lessen the chance of stator failure, it has not been shown to be a guarantee. If you consider how many 2012 and newer DL 650's have been sold and how many miles get put on them, I don't see a failure rate that is a concern. I have the OEM R/R on mine, I have about 20,000 miles on it. I do HIGHLY recommend a voltmeter of some sort. Should there be a failure, the voltmeter can make a HUGE difference in where you can get to for a diagnosis/repair. You could actually do a stator replacement along the road fairly easy if it puts your mind at easy to carry a spare.

I had a voltmeter on a DL 1000 and it immediately alerted me to a failed charging system. I rode 27 miles home ( unhooked both headlights ) in heavy traffic and it still had plenty of power to start the engine. So, consider a voltmeter a necessary farkle imo.
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Most forums will have a similar topic but a different part.
It's natural that someone posts up failures especially if it's a low mileage bike.
IMO the Strom is a great buy for the price, aimed at an eclectic group of riders.
My 2015 DL 650 has 18000k on it, I run some extra lights, GPS etc.
No problems with bike. (Apart from not enough time to ride lately)
If you buy new it's still a bit of a lottery, many stories of new lemons with any vehicle.
I would say buy the Glee and ride it.
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Hi
After many happy years riding a big touring bike, I have (nearly) decided on a Glee for future touring. But....there is some discussion in This forum about stator failures. I would be most unhappy if the stator failed 1000 kilometers from home!
Is this a seldom problem or is it something to be seriously taken into consideration?
Thanks from Denmark

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As has basically been mentioned you will only hear of the failures and rarely the lack of a failure. Most people don't have failures but some do.

Did not have any failures on my DL650's.. check below on the mileage I put on them.

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Buy with confidence, have to be good reasons why these bikes are so popular and a worldwide success. Plenty of worse issues have been had with much more expensive bikes, these bikes overall are damn reliable and damn fun.
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the DL650 is probably the most reliable bike you can buy. I suspect that stator failures are a result of low oil levels. I have no evidence to substantiate that but it's common sense and a swag, considering where all the stators failed up at the top of the windings. Buy it you will love it..
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-11-2015, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone

Thanks for all your replies - it is really reassuring to read your mesages.
So I'm off to the dealer to complete the deal.

Why though, haven't Suzuki fixed that regualor yet? I remember having a Suzuki GS400 back in 1978 with the same problem!

Again thanks for your help

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post #10 of 20 Old 12-26-2015, 10:14 PM
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Hey Stromers

I've spent a lot of time here learning about the Vstrom.
It sounds like the bike for me.
Currently have a Suzuki Vl800, but not built for the long haul.
Got my eye on a 2006 DL1000.
I do have a question: Got the Vee and the Wee, but what's a Glee ?
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