V Strom whats your mileage

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by NJ Grizzly, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. NJ Grizzly

    NJ Grizzly Been here awhile

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    I own a 2008 dl 650 with over 33k. Only had one problem. The headlight / starter switch in all that riding.


    thanks
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  2. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    I'm on my third strom, sold my first, a 2006 DL1000 with around 23k to get a 2008 DL650 that I wrecked at 12k, which I replaced with a 2006 dl650 that is now just shy of 20k.

    Best all around bike I've ever owned.
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  3. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman .

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    99,800-something. No problems.

    EDIT: I take that back. There was a thermostat issue. Somewhat fixed now.
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  4. Chuck in Indiana

    Chuck in Indiana Been here awhile

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    I'm approaching 24K miles on my /09 ABS model. I've owned it almost two years. It has done very well for me. I use it for long distance touring and camping trips. Am planning on up-grading the suspension, checking the valves and changing to new sprockets and chain this winter. Gives me something to do when it is cold outside and I can't ride.
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  5. SV_Dwayne

    SV_Dwayne Been here awhile

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    '06 DL650 with 43k miles on it.

    Never had a problem with it. Usual wear and tear stuff, just changed front brake pads for the first time, new battery this summer, stuff like that.
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  6. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    I checked my valves at 19,200 and all of them were tight....some out of spec but all needed adjustment
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  7. CanadianTiger

    CanadianTiger Adventurer

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    How do you ride the bike? Heavy throttle, high rpm? Or relaxed easy low rpm riding?

    Thanks
    Richard
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  8. WeeMcD

    WeeMcD V-Strom explorer

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    Bought my 2007 DL 650 new and it now has 46k miles. Had same headlight/starter switch issue and rubbed through harness under tank. Other than that, it has been general maintenance. Love this bike.
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  9. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    My 2007 DL650A is approaching 74,000 miles. The stock headlight wiring is a weak link. I had an Eastern Beaver headlight relay kit for a long time before going to HID lights that also are relay controlled. It's a lot easier on the stock system to turn on a relay rather than a headlight.
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  10. pbarmy

    pbarmy Long timer

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    16,800.Just replaced my roached chain,which was toast after a run to Barber vintage fest,some 1600 miles.Lovin the bike so far,had 4500 or so when I bought it some two and a half years ago_Oh and new brake pads too,thogh the og's still had material left.
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  11. emti

    emti Been here awhile

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    2008, 26 thousand miles, no major problems, emti
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  12. theDoktor

    theDoktor Husky Racer

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    2007 DL650 with 13,750 miles. Bought with 8K this spring. No problems so far- just replacement tires & routine maintenance. My Eastern Beaver dual headlight relay kit just shipped today. Thanks for the heads-up on this weak link item, Greywolf!:thumbup
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  13. pebble35

    pebble35 Long timer

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    Had a 2007 650 that I owned for all of 6 months. But I did put 24,000 miles on it in that time !

    3 sets of tyres, two sets of brake pads, one air filter, three oil changes and one chain & sprocket set (but it did not really need it). Valves checked Just before sale and all OK.

    Looking to buy a 2012 Wee soon ...............
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  14. phunmusicphan

    phunmusicphan Dude

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    K7 DL650 14,498 today. Got it last October with 11,400 on it. Love it!


    Were off like a herd of turtles.
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  15. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    '04 with 86k here, 5k of which are mine. The PO (hi Austin!) fried the clutch pretending it was a KLR and had to adjust the valves a couple times. Otherwise no issues, and no evil headlight wiring through the starter switch on the '04. It burns somewhere around 250mL of oil between changes. Wish I could get my 21k mile KLR to do that.
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  16. whipit1k

    whipit1k Been here awhile

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    I have about 60500 on my 05 DL1000. I love the thing
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  17. precarious

    precarious Been here awhile

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    2004 with 80,000+ miles. Replaced TPS... that's about it.

    Valves were clearanced when I bought it at 25K. I later checked them at 60K. Two exhaust valves were a little tight, all others were within tolerance. I set all to the high end of the tolerance or a little higher, and I'm not checking them again until at least 100K.

    Fantastically reliable, powerful, and an absolute scream to ride. I just finished a cross-country trip!
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  18. RunningBare

    RunningBare Been here awhile

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    250000km on my wee, thats 155342 miles, don't know if this is a world record but I'd like to know if someone has more.
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  19. CanadianTiger

    CanadianTiger Adventurer

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    Simply wow..... Any major problems? Did you have to replace anything that wasn't considered routine maintenance?
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  20. Chuck in Indiana

    Chuck in Indiana Been here awhile

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    I checked mine last winter at 13.2K miles. All were still in spec. -- from the center to near the bottom of the tolerance range on all valves. I fully expect to need to make some adjustments when I check them this time.

    My riding is long distance touring and camping trips. I'm not heavy handed on acceleration but when I'm cruising at 70+MPH, the engine is spending a lot of time in the 5000-5500RPM range (16 tooth front sprocket).
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