I have spent the past couple days going through a tiny fraction of the various threads here, involving any mechanical maladies, maintenence tips 'n tricks, known issues, etc. (wow, there is a ton of great info and awesome contributions from owners who delve deep into the subject!)
As a prospective 'Strom convert, could someone distill down a brief synopsis of day to day life, as far as maintenence and repairs to these things, for a DIY approach?
I have no garage, no fancy tools to speak of, and would be getting this bike (either 650 or 1000, tending to lean towards the 650 at the moment) with the sincere hopes of as little hassle as possible regarding me "trusting it" for touring trips, and faith that I could tackle regular routines of valve adjustments etc., using stone knives and bearskins. Cost, availability of parts and frequency of consumables being eaten, is an issue.
-The Stator thing. (is it both 650 and 1000 btw?)
Has anyone had a failure after
doing the MOSFET R/R dealio swap? How difficult is a stator replacement, anyway? Is a Wee/Vee alternator outrageously spendy?
If I traded for a 2009 /2010 or even low mileage 2008, low and behold got the dirty end of the stick and the thing crapped out, could I pretty much be guaranteed to never have to worry about it again, if I replaced the stator and did an R/R kit that one time? I would even consider doing the R/R swap right away as a pre-emptive strike, if that was a conservative option.
-The Fuel Pump/Strainer thing.
Along with the Stator, initially I was dismayed reading about how many suffered this, but gained confidence that a pretty good resolution was available via the removal and cleaning of the high pressure side bits, and subsequent exterior filter bypass trick.
...but kinda lost the place again when mention was made of later years not being able to do this because of the pump's design change. I didn't quite follow why this was, and whether or not you could simply retrofit an earlier model fuel pump and do it anyway, or...?
Regarding the Fuel Pump itself, are there many failures of the actual pump, or is it 99% of the time the clogged strainer that is the only trouble?
Couldn't you abandon the in-tank pump altogether and just use an external pump tucked somewhere out of the way? I didn't see anything like this in my searching.
Does the ECM have any history of going kaput? Instrument cluster-is it a complicated thing, packed with electronics, that requires specific Suzuki only parts to effect repairs? Are various components available seperately, or do you have to buy an entire "kit" or multi-piece affair, with individual things not being sold?
Any problems with cam chain stretch, tensioners wearing out, or gearboxes shedding teeth etc.? Any big ticket items that have I blithely overlooked?
I know this is a rather eye-numbing long list of stuff I'm asking, many thanks in advance for perservering long enough to get to the end! :mrgreen:
Some background info:
At the present time, I have a 2009 BMW F800ST. This is my first non-Japanese bike out of aproximately 20 owned, over 40 years riding.
[After due consideration, I deleted a long, drawn out, bitter and dissillusioned rant, out of concern for people thinking I am a loon
Suffice to say, I will never darken a BMW's doorway again as long as I live.]
I sincerely hope that a Suzuki Vee is in my future. I just need to be more realistic in my hopes, this time around.