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Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by Blinkerfluid, Feb 1, 2009.
Pics or it didn't happen.
Pics? Who needs pics, I've got the egg!
Ok, Pics. Got close to the hiding place and began to see they had recently scalped the road side with a brush hog, a little worried they might have got eggy. They were real close, but they missed.
He was still there, safe in his new blue bag. The bag was mostly still out of sight under those two big sticks when we got there, I think those two rocks saved him. I pulled him out for this pic.
Out of his bag for a little fresh air. Checking out all that is left of the foot bridge across the creek, I think third time it's been washed away in less than 10 years?
BTW, my avatar is a pic of my granddaughter on the bridge when she was about 3 years old, she's now 12 and barely remembers that day.
George went with me, first time in Arkansas on bike for him. Turned into a beautiful day, it was 31 degrees when we left McDonalds this morning heated jacket on high..
And we did stop for a piece of pie, one apple, one coconut cream -- Hummmm PIE!
We really didn't have room for the pie but we forced ourselves to eat it anyway.
Because first we each had a hamburger!
Glad to see Eggy on the move!
We all appreciate your dedication!
So after hiding in my garage for a few days eggy was hungry again so we went to the local BMW shop for lunch. Eurotek in Oklahoma City and met a few fellow riders for lunch.
While there Cosmo tried on the shop sponsored CMRA bike for size. That's Ryan the usual pilot giving him a thumbs up!
Cosmo decided that since he has been drinking the BMW koolaid this week he HAD to go to the GSA haven, so I took him.
But I tricked him, we didn't go inside.
With an attitude like that he will be going back in hiding soon.
So then we went hunting.
But no big feet in sight so we went for a ride to find a hiding place.
Found this central Oklahoma landmark
If you look down the side road to the west you will see where the original buildings were.
Then turn around and look back towards the church
To the side of the road there is an old fallen tree, eggy is under the log.
And then I covered him up.
The egg is on the move
Good to see!
Just needed a break in the weather I suppose.
Unfortunately, this is how today’s ride ended.
Plan A (ride to Big Bend NP) and likely my stator are blown. Hopefully, I’ll have it fixed by the weekend and a new drop made.
You’re the only man who can kill an otherwise bulletproof bike
Seriously, glad it wasn’t something that ended in a crash. A bit of hauling is always better than a bit of being hauled
It’s been reliable other than this one time.
I’m just glad it was only around 100 miles from home, vs in the backcountry near the Southern Border.
They’re brilliant bikes, I put almost 40k on the one I had in the year I had it. Absolutely wonderful machines and I love the older body style
Suzuki should wake up and build a better stator, but there is no way I'm giving up my wee.
After my second stator bit the dust, I was finally convinced to go with LED headlights. So far I haven't regretted the move, and I gained a good bit of headroom. Hopefully make this third stator live a bit longer. This stator is the new and improved unit used for the recalls too.
I also got stranded once with a bad stator. It died at a stoplight and would not start. Got a jumpstart and it was fine so I thought it was a bad battery. Rode a couple miles to Walmart, got a battery and changed it in the parking lot, then it worked ok. Went to lunch, started ok, then rode about 60 miles home, slowed down to make my last turn home and it started to die, revved it up at made it home.
This is all the maintenance I have had to do on my '09 DL-650
70,000 miles - Replaced stator
81,000 - Starter not turning over. Rebuilt Starter button switch which fixed the problem.
Spring had moved down the plastic post that holds it if I remember right.95,000 - fork seals
106,000 - Replace TPS (lower sensor of the 2).
It kept wanting to die after riding then coming to a stop, like at a stop sign.112,000 - Oil leak at the front sprocket drive shaft.
Replaced the oil seal, O-ring, and clutch push rod oil seal117,000 - the second stator still working with 47,000 on it
Also had to change fluids, filters, tires, brakes, chains, sprockets, and battery numerous times. Very unreliable bike. The stator is the first to go, then downhill from there. You should probably just sell it.
Actually, I do not think I could bring myself to sell mine. It has been a great bike.
I mostly ride my Tenere now but still enjoy riding the VStrom, mostly on day rides.
Did not want to hijack this thread anymore but thought this might help r.k.t some.
The only stator recall I could find just applied to the newer bikes, 2012+.
On the way to the new hiding place.