2014+ DL1000 Vstrom

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by The Game, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Maximus Power

    Maximus Power Bubby, you can call me Max

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    That worked. Taking all the wind and bugs, but for local rides this set up will work. Not real sure the washers are really doing anything though.
  2. Randyincolo

    Randyincolo Been here awhile

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    Last week mailed off a deposit to Terrys Custom seats. Spent the last 6 months waiting for the stock seat either to like me or me to like it. Failed on both accounts so it is time for a change. He is booked out till April of 2020 but good things are worth waiting for.
  3. jaydee1445

    jaydee1445 Footpeg Crash Tester

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    +2 on the fleabay shorties
  4. Jimo368

    Jimo368 Quantum Mechanic

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    Pulled the plugs again at 37k kms (23k miles) and I’m surprised how gummy they were. I’m going ahead and changing them seeing that I have it apart for an air filter and perhaps a valve inspection.
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  5. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Can you post pics of your maintenance as you do it? I have about 15k miles on mine and I was going to give the valves the first checkup but now I guess I'll check the plugs too. I think it says to replace them every 7k but that seems kind of crazy and I guess their expensive.

    Any pics or advice would be helpful.
  6. Jimo368

    Jimo368 Quantum Mechanic

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    I ordered my plugs here in Canada. You can probably get a better place in the US.
    https://www.clubplug.ca/en/ The plug is LMAR8BI9 I paid $11.75 each.
    There is a good video for removing the tank here.
    Here is where I’m at so far now that I’m waiting for parts.
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  7. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower...

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  8. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    Looks like we will have a new vstrom for 2020~!

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  9. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    19" front wheel

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  10. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower...

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    Sweet! :thumbup

    3 years ago...

  11. Griff2

    Griff2 Griff

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    The centre electrode looks clean enough. Looks more like oil on the threads though ? Does the bike use oil ?
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  12. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Thanks. I've never had the tank off my bike yet and the only valves I've adjusted are the typical screw adjuster type. It will make for a good winter project once I work on a few other bikes.
  13. Jimo368

    Jimo368 Quantum Mechanic

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    I was surprised at the oil too, looked like a two-stroke. No, it hasn’t used any oil.
  14. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    Time for a new battery. I've got an EarthX in my KTM 450 and figure I'll get one for the Strom.

    The EarthX site lists both ETX18F and ETZ14C, though the latter seems to be tailored for cold weather ops.

    Anyone running the EarthX ETX18F? Any fitment issues?
  15. mikeysduck

    mikeysduck Slow Ride to Nowhere

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    Are owners happy with these bikes? Anyone want to warn me off?

    Looking at a very clean 2014 V-1000, with 10k miles, center stand, Fat bars and bar risers.

    After some reading...popular changes are G2 tamer, lower the forks 10mm for quicker turn in.
    I found there were three electrical recalls on the 14's. I don't know if any of these have been addressed.
  16. neilking

    neilking Been here awhile

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    I love mine, but wish I hadn't done the ecm recsll 20170730_162329.jpg
  17. V-Tom

    V-Tom Long timer

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    Don't know what G2 tamer is or why it is needed.

    10mm raise the forks/lower the front of the bike was a very popular mod in first gen Stroms, less so on 2nd Gen DL650's, and I think I have only heard of someone mentioning it (asking about it?) once before on the 2014+ dl1000.

    Doesn't sound like either are "popular" mods on 2014+ DL1000.

    ..Tom
  18. mikeysduck

    mikeysduck Slow Ride to Nowhere

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    G2 is a throttle tube, with a different cam profile to slow the roll on throttle. Some report the stock throttle is touchy.

    It appears you are happy with the second generation V-1000.
  19. Griff2

    Griff2 Griff

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    Mines a 2016 and I am very happy with 17,000 kms on the odo. Imho there is no need to lower the front end. Back in september mine tracked perfectly around some of the more demanding Alpine passes two up and loaded. The throttle can be a bit sensitive around 2900rpm as it transitions between maps. At worst its a minor irritation in heavy traffic. The shock is adequate for my purposes but I will remove some compression damping from the forks as they can be a bit harsh to react to sharp bumps in the road. Fuel consumption ridden normally is satisfactory for a motor this size. I think I am getting around 50/55 miles per imperial gallon. When ridden more briskly that of course will drop a little. The seat is comfortable for me and also for my Wife when two up. It is a fun bike solo on a twisty back road.
    Overall this is a good solid motorcycle. It is good value for money and is as quick as I will ever need. If ridden well it is well capable of hanging with any of the so called super big traillies on the road regardless of their capacity. They will only out drag it at ridiculous speeds. It is not a dirt bike albeit it will progress well on forest tracks and the like. Mine will be around for some time.
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  20. Hanz

    Hanz Been here awhile

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    How did it change your bike?

    I haven't had it to the dealer for it.
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