2005 V-Strom DL1 100k write up

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by BikeMan, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    other than regular maintenance and replacement of normal wear items such as tires, brake pads, chain & sprockets, battery, the bike runs perfect and has never let me down.. at 100k miles I'm knocking out a yearly average of 46 mpg. (see fuelly link below) and the inside of the air box is clean & dry. in addition, I'm still running original stock bearings, suspension, brake rotors, fuel pump & filter, clutch & basket, and a 07 pure stock ECU. i give this bike a grade of A+ .. undoubtedly the best bike ive ever owned. IMHO, i contribute my good luck to,
    1. the OverDrive Trannie, for 30% less wear & tear on engine.
    2. the use of mc specific motor oil.
    3. use of regular automotive grade fuel with the highest AKI rating.
    4. street use only. no dirt or trails.
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  2. KLR771

    KLR771 Adventurer

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    100,000 miles ! Thats Awesome ! I got a 2012 with only 1,200 miles so far .
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  3. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Looking forward to the 200k write-up!
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  4. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    Congratulations! What do you mean by the overdrive tranny? A change in the countershaft sprocket?
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  5. Superstar

    Superstar Been here awhile

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    So BORING!!!!!!

    (I kid, I owned 2 DL1000's...great bang-for-the-buck bike).
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  6. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    I hear at 199,999 you can bring the ODO in for a new one @ no charge?

    50k on my SV.
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  7. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    No.. 5th.gear is high gear, 6th.gear is a overdrive.
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  8. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    I was curious about what you meant with overdrive. I bought an 2007 Wee in late October. The previous owner installed a 16 tooth front sprocket. When I did get to ride it before winter, it seemed to be gear plenty high as I would rarely get out of 4th gear riding back roads.
    I switch the sprocket back to stock over the weekend but have not had a chance to ride the bike.
    Looking forward to spring. Will this winter ever end?
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  9. precarious

    precarious Been here awhile

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    Mine had 96k when i totalled it. Replaced wheel bearings once, set valve clearances twice, and had an annoying issue with the throttle body sync for a couple months. Otherwise, it was so reliable it was boring. I think i need another one. RIP, Strom....

    Awesome bikes. Happy motoring
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  10. markcap

    markcap Been here awhile

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    The '05 DL1000 only had 5 gears? It never had a 6th gear. What are you referring to?
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  11. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    DL1000 has 6 gears.
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  12. whipit1k

    whipit1k Been here awhile

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    I also have an 05 DL1000. Only 75k on my bike. I cant see replacing it any time soon. It was dirt cheap, is pretty damn good at everything I ask it to do, very reliable. I suppose I could go out and pay $10000 more for a bike I may enjoy 10% more than the vstrom...but that would not be too bright given my financial situation. This thing is a no brainer for anyone on a budget. Have you seen what used DL1000's go for these days? Unreal value
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  13. CalicoJack

    CalicoJack Been here awhile

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    Mine Does.....
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  14. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    That's it right there.
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  15. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    I have an 07 DL650 with 110K on the odo.

    Exact same story, gas, tires, chain, filters, oil, pads.

    That's it.

    Still doesn't use enough oil between 5K mile changes to have to add any and still gets 55mpg.

    Want a new bike but cant justify selling this one, it just plain works.
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  16. disconnected

    disconnected rider

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    awsome!


    been browsing the flea market ads.

    greg
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  17. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    I think you changed back to the stock 17 t front sprocket too soon. You will appreciate the better acceleration in the 1st three gears with out sacrificing top end gearing that the 16t counter sprocket would provide you.
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