Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Elk Creek, Kentucky
No major problems. I own an 07 Vee with 53,000 miles.
The clutch makes noise...always has, and most do. There is a modified basket to fix this Im told...I wear ear plugs when riding anyway. The clutch works fine.
Stock tuning is pretty bad below 4,000 rpm. I removed some of the EPA's accessories and had mine dyno tuned. It runs like a Honda now, perfect.
Plugs and air filters are a bitch to R&R. The tank needs to come off to do the air filter. Not complicated but tedious for something that requires constant attention in dusty places.
A few other very minor but common issues for the strom like leaking fuel at the injector rail. An easy fix. A small oil leak..etc.
Mine uses 1 QT of oil every 5,000 miles. It was run on synthetic since break in.
The valves do not drift out of adjustment very much but checking them is a chore. And its a shim/bucket set up so shimming is required if adjusting.
The bike is a handfull in the dirt. I bought mine for occassional gravel and forest service roads. One trail ride was enough for me, just not a dual sport IMO. But, it will hit 100 mph in third (if that is your thing) and run along at 80 mph all day with out so much as a fart.
I have owned many makes, styles, and brands. The Vee is a keeper and will be bike I wear out and not sell.
Last edited by Scott E. Bonds; 07-21-2011 at 10:49 AM.