100,000 mile K3 V-Strom report

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by wera688, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Love these high mileage maintenance reports. The guy that is el pres of the FSSCOA had a KLR650 with over 100K miles on it and I was amazed with his report on it also. :clap :clap :clap

    Way to go. :freaky I'm not getting near the tire mileage that you are and I'm an old slow fart. What's the scoop :1drink I got 7K miles off the oem to slick and 10K off the tourance to slick spots. Put a Tourance back on.
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  2. ride no evo

    ride no evo Suck it Trebek

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    A lot of tire mileage will depand on the road construction in the area that you live in, concrete vs asphalt and the actual make up of the road surface itself!!
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  3. SaPPeR

    SaPPeR Equal Opportunity Hater

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    :thumb Good Stuff !!!! :ricky
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  4. wera688

    wera688 V-Stromer

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    I believe that tire mileage is based on a few factors. Since we dont have 150hp, most people aren't spinning up the rear tire on the Strom while on the street. I personally believe that tire pressures and suspension set up is the key to a good tire life. Also if you have a grippier/stickier type of tire (such as the Tourance EXP and the Dunlop) the mileage will be much less than a harder type tire ("old" Tourances). I run 36 psi front and 41 psi rear on the Tourances. By having a set up suspension based on riders weight, riding style, etc setting the sag and the correct spring rates along with the proper fork oil and levels are the key. My rear shock is stock and its shot. I have it the highest it can go. I'll probably get a triple clicker Penske like what's on my race bike. I firmly believe in a shock with a ride height adjustment. Also my front forks are lowered anywhere between 5 and 11 mm in the triples. This also helps for a quicker front turn in.
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  5. Rider

    Rider Spectacularly Correct

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    Yeah, so do I.
    Do the Japanese know how to build a bad engine? :nah
    Nice writeup. It's good to know these bikes can handle all the miles with aplomb. :thumb
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  6. bmwrider

    bmwrider n00b

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    I'm almost halfway there with a little over 45,000 miles on my 2002. The tires I've liked the best so far are the Dunlop D607s. I just put on a rear Bridgestone Battlewing. I got just over 7500 miles out of the D607. The front 607 still has probably 4000 miles left in it. I've only had a couple of small problems with my bike. So far it has been the best bike I've owned in 13 years.
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  7. Rider

    Rider Spectacularly Correct

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    Dood. You stole my old name. :cry
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  8. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    You're handling it with a plum.
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  9. NextRide

    NextRide Been here awhile

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    Great write-up!

    I'm glad to hear this kind of news. I bought my DL1K4 last May with 41K on the clock. I plan on putting at least that many more on it.
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  10. Rider

    Rider Spectacularly Correct

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  11. Uncle Larry

    Uncle Larry The most suave of stooges

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    Well, 100K is a good goal to shoot for now that I know it can be done without too many problems.

    I've got just over 53K on my 2004 Wee-Strom and my maintenance reports reads about the same.
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  12. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    Awesome! :thumb
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  13. csturboz

    csturboz n00b

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    This makes me glad i never got my test ride on the versys... And bought my wee instead.....
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  14. Gruebane

    Gruebane Pawn Star

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    have u ever replaced the cam chains/tensioners/guides?

    if so at what mileage?
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  15. tslewisz

    tslewisz Long timer

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    Nice writeup, wera. Bet you're regretting the money you pissed away on the extended warranty, huh. :1drink
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  16. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Congrats Kith! That is a true testament to your Vstrom there!
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  17. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    That's an interesting conclusion considering that a Vee and Wee engines have only a little more in common than the Vee and Versys do... I'm not saying that a Wee can or will not be as reliable, just that the historical performance of the 1000cc engine has nothing to do with what you should expect on the 650 version as they are completely different. :deal

    Mine has only 60K miles but other than going through tires and chain/sprockets more frequently :augie , it seems to follow that same trend.


    Gustavo
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  18. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    He's just finding some affirmation that he bought a great bike.

    The inverse is when a Harley guy asks me how much I paid for my bike and then sees I don't go through cam bearings, motor mounts and exhaust weld cracks. My buddy with his Harley just had the transmission freeze in 5th gear while on a trip which ended in a trailer. I wouldn't be suprised if after he fixes it for the last time he goes with a Jap model. The bike has 60,000 miles and every problem has been during a trip. He takes good care of the bike but I guess its just a lemon.
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  19. bmwrider

    bmwrider n00b

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    Sorry man I've had this handle or a variation for a long time.:wink: Of course I haven't had a BMW since I traded it in on the V-strom.:clap
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  20. wera688

    wera688 V-Stromer

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    No, not yet. I dont hear any noise from that area yet.

    well not yet :1drink I always buy the extended warranty because whatever I buy I use it for the long haul. For example, my $400/4 year H-D extended warranty (in 1991) covered close to $5000 of repairs over those years, it ended at 164K on the odo...and they HATED me with a passion:cry

    I really like the looks of the Moto Guzzi Stelvio and actually I just bought my first Guzzi, t-shirt. I wonder if there is a connection?
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