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post #1 of 19 Old 10-03-2010, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Interested in(never mind, bought one!).

Hi all, almost ready to jump to the dark side. What typically needs replacing on the Vstrom 650's as they age that's not in the scheduled maintenence charts? Any failures that sem common?
My old GTR 1000 is on it's last legs (it's only done 210k kms and is 20 years old, how unreliable!).:mrgreen: I checked the coolant level yesterday and the coolant reservoir is full of engine oil, so my jump to a V strom is being forced sooner than I expected!

Regards, Andrew.

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post #2 of 19 Old 10-04-2010, 10:11 AM
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Chain, sprockets, brake pads and tires are the most common replacement items....the bike is very reliable. Each bike will be different as far as wear and owner care. Check service records and inspect the bike carefully.

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post #3 of 19 Old 10-05-2010, 01:46 AM
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Howdy Andrew! Glad you found us.


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post #4 of 19 Old 10-05-2010, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Gorge Rider View Post
Howdy Andrew! Glad you found the us.

Thanks! I sat on a 650 in a dealership today and made vroom vroom noises, I liked it a lot. It's a really nice, upright seating position, wide bars, no load on my bad shoulder, seat height about the same as the GTR, much, much lighter feeling than the GTR.
Going to test ride it tomorrow or Thursday, take the GTR in for a laugh (or a trade in price), ride the 650 and see what happens.
It's an 05 model, 25k kms, new tyres chain & sprockets and some light gravel rash on the left upper cowl, it also needs a front brake lever (end is broken off, surprised someone didn't replace it?). It's a very good price and speaks loudy to my frugal side! I can paint the fairing, so that's not an issue.

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post #5 of 19 Old 10-05-2010, 05:34 AM
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Potential problems.

Fuel pump, a flow test would be a good idea - but if it run's O.K. it's probably good.

Electrics - silicone grease in all the connectors would be a good idea. Clean down the coils and associated wiring.

Check that the drain holes for the spark plug wells are clear, particularly the front one.

Headlight relay kit from Eastern Beaver - my 90,000k's 2006 DL lights started to get very yellow - just "generic Japanese" wiring - too thin for the rated load.

The battery *may* go soon if it hasn't been replaced already.

25,000km - chain and sprockets *may* need attention, check the front sprocket and the chain for kinks. (Mine last around 40,000km but that's about the limit).

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post #6 of 19 Old 10-05-2010, 10:34 AM
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And, a 2005 is probably due for antifreeze replacement. Just normal maintenance.

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post #7 of 19 Old 10-05-2010, 04:55 PM
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Gas Tank, frequently requires filling up (must leak but no one has been able to find any dripping liquid!!).

Mine has had a handling problem since I bought it, the handlebars will not rotate in the direction of the driveway when I get it home, making the bike ride past the house and go for another hour of riding.

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post #8 of 19 Old 10-05-2010, 06:04 PM
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Nice move. Concourse to Wee. Many St1100 riders have also made that exact move. Stoopy is right gas tank need filling like every 260 miles or so. Nice range just like your Connie. I replaced my brake pads at 45K yes 45K. Change oil every 5K & ride it like you stole it. Nothing breaks ! very cool little bike.

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post #9 of 19 Old 10-05-2010, 06:39 PM
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My 2006 DL650 has over 139,000 km (over 86,000 miles for americans.) Somewhere around 80,000 km I had to put a shot of grease in the speedo drive at the front wheel, and somewhere in the 96,000 km range my clutch started running out of adjustment. I bought a new cable and that made it better but about 10,000 or 15,000 km later I ran out of adjustment again. I replaced the clutch actuator which fixed the problem, and this cost me about $50.00 (Canadian) to fix.

That is it for unplanned items that weren't the result of me crashing or doing other dumb things.. Obviously tires, brake pads, chain etc are above and beyond that.


2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 200,000+ km, 125,000 miles.

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post #10 of 19 Old 10-05-2010, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by PeteW View Post
Electrics - silicone grease in all the connectors would be a good idea. Clean down the coils and associated wiring.
I strongly advise against the use of anything containing silicone on electrical connections. Over time is gets gummy and becomes a bigger problem than if you'd left the connections alone. I've been servicing electronic equipment for at least 40 years and I hate to come across something that's been sprayed with a silicone cleaner. It's almost impossible to get it off.

Good to see you over here, Andrew. It's a good group.

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