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post #1 of 9 Old 03-16-2010, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Any ''First'' Things to take care of on a 'new' wee?

I'm planning on picking up a new 09 650 Wee this weekend.
Though it's new and has less than 5 miles on it, it's been at the dealer since the first shipment of '09's came out.
Knowing this, is there anything that I'll need to do for it?

I'm planning on doing the ''30 miler'' oil change, but I was just curious if there was going to be any other considerations.

Thanks for the help guys.

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-16-2010, 09:27 PM
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Nothing immediately necessary. If you want you can grab a wrench and touch every bolt/screw you can see and reach. Do not over tighten anything that isn't loose. Suzuki put it at that torque setting for a reason. You're not likely to find any problems, but it's a good way to look around your bike and it's possible you could find something that was overlooked.

30 miles seems awful low for an oil change, but if it makes you happy then have at it.

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post #3 of 9 Old 03-16-2010, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply.

The 30 mile change does seem quick, but I feel like I've read a lot of people on the boards doing that ''early'' change on new WEE's. I figured that I know nothing, so maybe I should go with the crowd on this one. Maybe not I guess.

Any more input is appreciated gang.


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post #4 of 9 Old 03-17-2010, 07:10 AM
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The first thing to "take care of" is to get out and ride it

And then when you have done that, get out and ride it some more

And then after that, go for a ride

From then on, just go for a ride

You will love it

Did the first 1000km on mine in three days/nights after work so I could get its first service done before going for a 4600km fourteen day ride

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post #5 of 9 Old 03-17-2010, 08:13 AM
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Keep an eye on the chain tension for the first few hundred miles of riding. They tend to need a lot of adjustment at the beginning and end of their service lives.

If you can get ahold of one of the corrected speedo faces, do it. Best $45 I spent on the bike.

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post #6 of 9 Old 03-17-2010, 01:22 PM
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My oil changes went something like this.
200 miles, 400, 600, 1000, (changed to synthetic here) 5000, and every ~5000 miles afterwards.

I've never understood the "lot of adjustments at beginning" for chains. Are new tolerances in the chain itself, or between chain and sprocket that far off that it has to "wear in" or something?

I did have to fiddle with mine when it was new due to being misaligned from the dealership and not immediately realising the adjustment marks were inaccurate. When my replacement chain went on ~28K miles later, except for having to redo my master link 100 miles down the road because I goofed the install, it didn't need adjustment or get adjusted untill the next rear tire change 3k miles later. The next time it was adjusted was ~7k miles later at the next rear tire change.

But yeah, check your chain alignment, and don't trust the adjustment marks.
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-17-2010, 02:42 PM
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Smile What are your riding needs?

Depending on you riding needs, this is the place to find out what works for different types of riding. Offroad, folks seem to like to go with a knobbier type of tire, a raised front fender, and a 14 tooth sprocket. Some folks will just ride they way it comes off the sales floor. I bought mine for highway commuting, bags, topcase, Madstad bracket, and CeeBailey windscreen, OEM Gelseat and Alaksa Buttpad. If you plan on much interstate/windy crosswind type conditions, think really hard about a forkbrace, for my needs, probably one of the best farkles I have added. Don't forget to gear yourself up either! My bike came with a helmet, and gloves, I have added a pair of LeatherUp textile jackets, a pair of textile riding pants from NewEnough. Next a pair of boots, and Grip Puppies, and OEM handguards. Make it the bike that fits how and where you ride

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post #8 of 9 Old 03-17-2010, 03:06 PM
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Chain "stretch" is really wear on the pins, bushings and rollers. Chains need more adjustments at the beginnings and ends of their lives because that's when they wear in and wear out.

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post #9 of 9 Old 03-18-2010, 09:13 PM
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I came from a full dressed cruiser and was used to having saddlebags, so I got a set asap. I ordered the centerstand the day I bought the bike, and that would be my 1st add-on. If you ride mostly solo a cheap soft tailbag may be all you want/need . Take time and see what you need- it can save you some serious money. Cheers--BB

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