Mechanical issues: DL650, F650GS,DR650

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Koach, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. Koach

    Koach Adventurer

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    After a long span of time without a bike I have decided to return to motos.
    Bikes of interest are those mentioned above.
    Aside from looks, price, etc. I have been checking the various forums for long term mechanical issues. A quick read of both of the Suzuki forums reveals quite a few issues. More so with the DL650 which is surprising for such a young machine. The F650GS seem to stand up better over time than the other two.
    Anyone care to give an "unbiased" opinion.
    Thanks all,
    Koach
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  2. rxcoop

    rxcoop persnickety curmedgeon

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    read vstrom repot below...may change your opinion??
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  3. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    I have not spent much time on other forums, but have yet to read or hear of mechanical problems with the DL650. There are people here putting significant miles on them with nothing other than routine maintenance.
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  4. rxcoop

    rxcoop persnickety curmedgeon

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    McB.....mebbe he read some of zzzzappp crapppp. so, sue 'em !!!
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  5. kj106

    kj106 Been here awhile

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    well stated :rofl But, I am neutral in my stance (or is that false neutral???)
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  6. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    Care to point out all these problems :deal A shade over 19,000 miles and the only thing I have done is oil, filters and a set of tires. Still on the original chain even :huh I must confess the starter relay did crap out on me, but it's the only one I have heard of. The motor is damm near bulletproof.

    FWIW I have a friend with the F650gs and I know she spent more on basic maintenance than I did for her first 19,000 miles. I also expect to spend less than what she has by the end of the season when my bike should have close to 40,000 miles.

    Type @ Ya'll Later
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    http://www.intruderalert.ca
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  7. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    You read differently than I do.
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  8. Django Loco

    Django Loco Banned

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    Another troll from the Church of BMW :D ????

    Maybe he should take a month and read through the Strikng Viking's ride
    reports to check out just how many thing broke on his F650GS Dakar?
    Tough conditions but a lot of down time nonetheless.

    I know the DR650 holds up better in similar conditions. Even an 8 year old one. I think the Viking's bike was an '03?

    But the DL650, well it ain't going off road with the Dakar or DR but its tough as hell and will outlast them both by double in road or bad road use. Bank on it.

    Most singles that have had any sort of hard use, even if very well maintained
    will need motor work by "around" 60,000 miles.

    The Wee V will go over 100,000 easy, as does the DL1000. (See Louis in
    Quebec!)
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  9. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    My unbiased opinion is that you oviously read too quickly. You might want to slow down next time you're browsing Suzuki forums and double check the bike you THINK you're reading about. :rofl

    Or, you could just go and buy a F650. It's your money, buy what you want.
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  10. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Koach has been posting less than once a month since last July. The last four have been about Wee-Stroms.

    I think he's gone again.
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  11. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    read ALL my posts meathead. your IQ will escalate by 10%
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  12. Koach

    Koach Adventurer

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    Not gone guys and not a BMW troll.

    Got to admit that this is the most positive or pro WeeStrom site.
    I read everything that goes up on this board. Great stuff. I just don't post often.
    When you get to be my age you get more cautious about choices that's all.

    My mind has been set on a Wee for some time now and once the snow melts off the roads up here I'll most likely be posting a picture of a new bike.

    Dual purpose is nothing new. Here I am at age 16 with what I consider to be one of the best and most beautifull bikes I ever rode on both dirt and tar.


    [​IMG]
    Care to guess what it is?

    Started off with a BSA 250, then a Norton 500 twin, followed by this bike, then another wonderfull "do it all bike" a Triumph TR6C and finally the last bike before marriage and kids a AJS 500CC Srambler thumper with which I won the Canadian Jr's in 57.
    There were also good bikes in those days.
    Cheers,
    Koach
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  13. ktrjc

    ktrjc Displaced Yooper

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    Both Suzuki forums!?! :confused Which ones? Just wondering, I need to see what is wrong with my bike. Oil, filters, lube chain, fill with gas, what else? :D
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  14. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    G12?
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  15. Lencho

    Lencho Been here awhile

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    Try falling down on the left side, I heard it will cure those false neutral blues...or was that the right side? :rofl :lol3 :rofl :lol3:rofl :lol3
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  16. kerhonky

    kerhonky Adventure Poser

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    There's this V-Strom forum: http://www.stromtrooper.com/forum/index.php

    and there's this one: http://11109.rapidforum.com/

    I usually use the second one. There is some duplication between the two.
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  17. Talth

    Talth Accidental Adventurer

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    I always have to take what's posted on a model specific site with a grain of salt. Seems like every person who's bike has a problem:baldy will post about it. Magnifing any issue.

    The rest of the owners are too busy riding to post.:clap
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  18. Django Loco

    Django Loco Banned

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    Then there is the original Vstrom list (since 2002) on Yahoo groups:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VStrom2

    There is also a DL650 group on Yahoo as well. Don't know URL but
    do a search within Yahoo groups and you will find it.

    The original Vstrom2 group has some of the most knowledgeable
    riders of Vstroms with the most miles and most mods. Unfortunately,
    the group gets mired up in political BS. The bike is so reliable, nothing
    else to talk about. Serious.
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  19. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    DL650 Yahoo Group :deal

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