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post #1 of 16 Old 02-22-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Wee Strom engine

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I'm an Aussie rider who's keen on picking up a DL650 for some light touring and commuting. I'm in the market for a second hand wee strom and I test rode one the other day that seemed to have a rather noisy engine (maybe needed valves checked - it was not at all smooth and seemed to vibrate a fair bit more than expected), and the front brakes felt very soft and "spongy". Rear brakes we fine.

It had about 20,000kms on the odo.

Are the wee strom motors a bit noisier than most bikes, and the brakes a bit spongy, or do you guys think that this bike may have had some issues? My instincts tell me that the bike had some mechanical issues, but I'm no mechanic. I haven't been able to test any other 650's because they just dont come up for sale that often 'round here!

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I can tell you my 650 is neither noisy nor vibey... In fact it is one of the quietest and smoothest bike I have ever owned.... If you get a chance, ride another....

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I can tell you my 650 is neither noisy nor vibey... In fact it is one of the quietest and smoothest bike I have ever owned.... If you get a chance, ride another....
Cheers mate - that's what I keep reading which makes me think this thing hasn't been looked after properly. What about the brakes?
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My 650 sounded a bit ruff of late, well the last 6 months really the reason was my chain was shot got 20462 miles from it but after sticking on a new chain and sprocket set it sounds just right. Maybe it's on original chain and all you are hearing is a shot chain and sprockets. For me breaks where ok you could maybe describe them as spongy alot of people up grade them but i have just stuck EBC HH pads on and they seem fine to me now, again look at the pads are they original and worn.

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Cheers mate - that's what I keep reading which makes me think this thing hasn't been looked after properly. What about the brakes?
The brakes are not the best... but as I understand.... being a dualsport bike you wouldn't want "stop on a dime" sportbike braking ability on loose surfaces....

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Can't say there are mechanical issues if YOU think it's noisy. I think mine is as noisy as many bikes and both more or less as some others. It's all relative. Same for the brakes, some say their bad, others like me find they're ok but certainly can be better.

I know this is not much help, I think you need to ride another strom to compare.

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Yeah fair call. I don't mind if the engine in all weestroms are noisy, or if the brakes are spongy - if its the norm, then I'm cool with that. Its more that I was investigating whether this particular wee might sound like it has some mechanical issues. But yeah, I guess I just have to test a few others to compare.
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Another consideration is if it has good wind protection and an engine bash plate. After installing a CalSci windshield and Pat Walsh bash plate, I could hear the engine a lot more. Still not noisy or thrashy, just a louder version of the sewing machine it was.

Maybe a local Strom group has some input / trial rides available...?

Good luck with the hunt.
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Hey! Snab did it happen to have a set of crash bars on it or a lower crash pan ..either of these could be the cause of some of the vibration you were talking about ...and I have to say the strom engine is definitly not one of the Quitest engines out there ...any inline four would be quieter ... that said I still love the thing ... gives it a little character

Sometimes making a wrong turn just makes the ride that much better ,,, go an extra mile it`s not so crowded there!
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Hey guys,

The bike was stock, apart from the rear topbox, but maybe the improved wind protection compared to what I was used to made me hear the engine a lot more. Not too sure about the vibes though
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