Yep, I would call that plugged... Mine wasn't that bad the second time around but I didn't let it get to the point where the engine was cutting out. I took a careful look at the filter but I don't think there is an easy way of doing an filter bypass and external filter mod like is possible on the VStrom. I am probably going to cut my old filter apart and inspect it to see if there is something I am missing with an external inspection of it. An external filter under the seat would make it a whole bunch easier to fix on a trip. Link to Vstrom bypass: https://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,6105.0.html I did this mod on my 03 Dl1000 with good results.