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post #1 of 66 Old 02-01-2018, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Do We REALLY Need to Change Spark Plugs So Often?

I just picked up a 2014 Vstrom 650 with 6400 miles and the owner's manual states that the spark plugs should be changed every 2 years, or at a ~7,000-7,500 mile interval:



Is it just me or does this seem obsessive? This is my first bike, coming from the car industry where quality spark plugs easily last 50k mileage if not more.

Also, the owner's manual states that different spark plugs can be bought depending on conditions. Here in SE PA, the weather varies to "super cold" in winter (garage storage) with brisk spring / fall rides, to 95F summer days. Which ones of these models would be best to get (if I should replace them)?

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No. The plugs for 2012 and later are Iridium plugs that are good for at least 50,000 miles.

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No. The plugs for 2012 and later are Iridium plugs that are good for at least 50,000 miles.
Awesome! One less thing to maintain on that laundry list of a maintenance schedule.
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Damn. I thought it would be oil for sure.

Who saw spark plugs coming?

What you ought to do, really, is have a good look at the brake calipers. That's something you can give a once over. Pull them off the bike, remove the pads, and clean everything up. Then reinstall.

Edit: Don't undo the brake line! No need to drain brake fluid.
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I asked the same question after reading the manual a while back in this thread:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-2...500-miles.html

The responses seemed to indicate it was a waste of time, and so now 5 years and 28k miles later I haven't replaced them and don't really see the need to, yet.

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Spark plugs? Do these bikes have spark plugs?

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Suzuki may be allowing for the fact that someone might run the bike at 9000 rpm all day long, which would shorten the life of the plugs. At 3000 rpm each plug fires 50 times per second, if I recall my engine theory correctly, so the plugs in a motorcycle engine can't be expected to last as long as a lower revving car engine.
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Spark plugs? Do these bikes have spark plugs?
Must be near that "chain" everyone keeps going on about.
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And funny Suzuki even lists iridium plug part numbers.
Must own an iridium farm somewhere.
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Brake fluid should be flushed through with new stuff every two years.
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