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post #1 of 20 Old 05-31-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Common complaints or problems with the Vee?

Hello all. I had a 2006 SV1000S I say had because I totaled it last week. There was a forum they had that listed all common problems and complaints I looked through it religiously before I bought mine. Had wonderful information and the honesty of the owners was wonderful. I have read about the Clutch chudder but are there any other things that need to be kept under advisement when looking at a used one? Thanks in advance for any information or helpful hints. Looking forward to a settlement so I can get back on 2 wheels again
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-31-2012, 02:38 PM
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The most common complaint I know of is that the fueling is lean from the factory and a remap or Power-Commander type of device is needed.

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An occasional complaint about magnets coming loose from the magneto rotor has become significantly more than occasional.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #4 of 20 Old 06-02-2012, 10:02 PM
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I have 2006 DL1000 had 11000 mi. when bought, now 51500mi. Same engine
as SV only detuned slightly. My bike packs double then I add luggage I'm
almost 300lbs. Most confortable bike seat I haveever had. But ofcourse
thats a personal thing. My last trip was fromMercedes Tx. to Durango Co.
760 mi first day to Roswell NM. I would hop on this one & go any where in
Cont U S. Will buy another when this is done. One of my sons is looking for 1
now. My previous bike ST1300, it just got too heavy as I'm 74 yrs old &
been riding sinse teenager. I was put on the DL by an SV owner, he
told me it had basicly same engine. He had over 70,000 k. with no trouble.
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post #5 of 20 Old 06-04-2012, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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This is very reassuring as I am looking for something that will last a while. Don't get to ride as much as I like but had almost 20,000 on the SV just entering the sixth year of riding on it.
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Keep in mind the inherent bias of message boards. People never post when everything is fine, but post like Hell when there's a problem. I think of all the boards I watch, the wee/Vee boards have the least posts, so that should tell you something
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Suzuki hasn't changed the looks of the Vee for over a decade. Therefore it's not worth buying.

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post #8 of 20 Old 06-04-2012, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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The SV website I was on went so far that they were listing fasteners to check and how many miles to check them because of the vibration from the engine.
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Suzuki does seem fastener paranoid. Some V-Strom torque specs are overly high by industry standards and more fasteners seem to get Loctite each model year. The scheduled maintenance includes checking some fasteners at 600 miles but not after that.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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The funny thing is the SV lost one of the bolts that holds the kickstand, thus causing the safety switch to kill the engine at speed. Yep V-twins vibrate but it feels so good.
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