VStrom Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Queen, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. Wreckster

    Wreckster Been here awhile

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    You happen to have a volt meter you can check the battery with after you lose power to the bike? You're showing zero signs of life on the bike, typically that would be either a battery that's on its way out or a loose connection somewhere that is producing the same result. If you can confirm the battery is still putting out 12.5ish with no life to the rest of the bike, I would be hunting down the main power connection for the bike.
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  2. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    This is a great idea
    I will have to carry mine with me as the problem is very intermittent



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  3. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    I am guessing this is either a cable or battery issue but could a bad switch cause this?
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  4. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    The popping could be a loose connection if he could isolate the noise. You know like that crackle/sizzle/pop sound older home wall switches make if you flip them real slow. Seems too new to have hidden corrosion inside the insulation somewhere. Look for bubbles or discoloration along your main power lines. If it were just the ignition button, or either a clutch or kickstand switch there should still be power to the dash.

    Sorry, the 2014 and up 1000's have the volt meter in the display.
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  5. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Normally, when does this volt meter light up and where is it connected? If it monitors all the time and it is wired directly to the battery, you have your answer right there. Battery is bad (or terminal isn't connecting somehow).
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  6. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    Check both ends on all the big cables. The pow you heard is a classic symptom of a marginal heavy cable connection. The small area of contact on the marginal connection pretty much gets vaporized.
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  7. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    i have installed a pc8 fuse block and have the volt meter connected to it
    the power wire goes from battery to starter i assume
    (i am still waiting for my service manual to arrive this week)
    and neg cable to a ground bolt? somewhere?

    also anyone know where to get the fuses that are circuit breakers
    id like to get a few in case i ever have real electrical problems
  8. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    PDM60. Expensive, but no fuses to replace.

    The more this sounds like a bad terminal on your battery. Or some corrosion either your main + or - cable, likely at or near the terminal.
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  9. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    The pow usually comes from the connection at the battery terminals as they are usually tightened with a screwdriver though checking the other connection points should be done. Those are at the starter relay under the seat, the starter motor near the oil filter for positive and the engine case for ground. Use a wrench on the battery terminals instead of a screwdriver to make sure they are tight. They need to be clean too.
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  10. TimeLord517

    TimeLord517 Been here awhile

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    Just have to rant about about my POS local Suzuki dealer...

    I've never really been happy with them (service), but tried to give them another chance (sales) when I was looking for a bike a couple weeks ago. They screwed up the price they told me by about $1,500, wouldn't do anything about it, and lost the sale (they should have just eaten the cost and had a happy customer). I found a nice used 2012 Wee Adventure from a different local (non-Suzuki) shop. Bought it, love it. Looked up the recalls, and it hasn't had the stator taken care of yet (I "blame" the previous owner, not the non-Suzuki shop where I got it). Anyway, I call up the local Suzuki shop since they have to do the work (trust me, really not thrilled at that point). Talked to service and the guy looks up the info - yep, needs the work done. He said to bring in the bike. I asked if they had the part and get "oh, we'll probably need to order it" (annoyance level climbing higher). I asked if he could go ahead and order the part / just give me a call when it's in and then I could schedule an appointment. "Nope. We can't order the part unless we have the bike. We have to keep the bike from start to finish. It will probably be 1.5 weeks." (I'm pissed off through the roof at this point and just hang up). Call another Suzuki dealer about 45 minutes away - zero problems ordering the part now / they'll call me once it's in to schedule a service appointment / I'll only have to sit around their shop for 2 hours or so. I have no idea how the local shop stays in business, except for the fact it's the only Suzuki dealer between 2 large cities and people don't have much choice (unless they want to go out of their way).
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  11. Trip Hammer

    Trip Hammer It's not the years, it's the mileage

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    A few over at Stromtrooper.com had that issue with dealers wanting to keep the bike from ordering of the stator until the recall is done. Must be a case by case dealer thing or just idiots in the service department. My local Suzi dealer ordered the stator and called me a few weeks later when it arrived. In and out in 1.5 hours. Glad to hear you're enjoying the Strom!
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  12. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    I do try and really do want to support my local dealers.
    Guys like this make it REALLY hard to do so.
  13. TimeLord517

    TimeLord517 Been here awhile

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    No kidding / I hear ya. The problem (or at least one of them) with this particular shop is they're all young kids that don't know jack, don't care, and don't want to learn. There's also no general manager to grab them all by the nuts and get them in line...
  14. Brutalguyracing

    Brutalguyracing Long timer

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    update
    found a loose power wire by starter motor
    tightened it so far so good
    i also managed to strip the pos terminal on the battery by over tightening with a wrench
    unsure if i stripped it or there just is not enough thread going to that little square nut with the addition of the wiring to the pc8
    i hate these batteries with the nut
    no biggie i will hit ace hardware and get a new not and bolt, (any issue with s.s. bolts?)
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  15. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    A loose connection at the starter motor is unusual but, as I said before, either end of any of the large wires feeding power through the starter motor circuit can be the culprit.
  16. JiT

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    Does anyone here have a yoshbox? If so would you be willing to lend it out with a security deposit? Years ago I had a TLR, the guys on TLPlanet had a lending program. That program is since dead. I need to make some fueling adjustments to my 02 DL1000. I have the plans to build a yoshbox if I can't find one to borrow. I just don't when I will ever have time to sit down and acutally build the solder up the board.

    PM me if you can help an inmate out.
    Thanks.
  17. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Same here. At the time, the part was on back order, they would have kept my bike for over a month if they wanted it in when ordering the part. Plus, it's just silly to have a bike taking up valuable space in the shop. :dunno

    Gustavo
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  18. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    There used to be a loaner Yosh Box on the old V-Strom forum. That's how I did my DL1K2. I think John had one, not sure where that is right now, but might be easier to find one on VSRI or Stromtroopers than here.

    Gustavo
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  19. Hothands

    Hothands Adventurer

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    Ok, My 2012 dl1000 came with givi crash bars, I want to take them off. I run high speed with traffic and not off road. They vibrate like hell over 75mph.:eekers Do I need to get new bolts or will the crash bar bolts work without the bars? I found Suzuki part number for the 8 bolts but they are almost $30 shipped.:loco suzuki 09106-08175 Any of you guys that added bars know the the thread pitch and length of the factory bolts? :jjen Thanks.
  20. devo2002

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    You should procure the original bolts or the same size from a hardware store, from what I remember the bolts the guards come with are longer. You'll notice a tad more pep from the bike, those things are heavy! They may be $30 if you can't find them anywhere else, but it will allow you to sell the crash bars for $100, with the correct bolts.
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