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Old 02-04-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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Hi ,

Last time I was on here I was asking for the torque settings for pinch bolts on the yolks.

I have since dropped the forks through the yolks by 10mm, a recommended mod, and took it for a ride today. It did feel different but not something I could pt my finger on. Iwas aware that on some of the harsher UK potholes the suspension seemed to bottom out. I wasn't aware of this before.

Has anyone experienced the same?

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Old 02-04-2012, 10:08 AM   #2
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Dropping the front 10mm will not allow bottoming anything unless you have an ABS Wee with a Superbrace fork brace or misaligned brake line connections under the triple clamp. If you have an ABS bike, check the lines. If not, there is no change to over suspension limits from before.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:41 AM   #3
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Pat,

That's good to know. May be I was listening to hard expecting some changes.

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Old 02-05-2012, 05:21 AM   #4
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You should notice much improved and quicker steering with a 10mm drop. I run my 07 650 bought new. with a 15mm drop which I did on second day of ownership as standard flush setting felt much too vague for me. Have been riding bikes for 42 years now and the DL650 is one of the best all rounder I have ridden.

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Old 02-26-2012, 06:44 PM   #5
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We need an official all encompassing DL650 thread. This thread title fits the bill.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:03 AM   #6
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I have decided to bite the bullet and spend some cash.

First up is a valve check/replace at a local bike shop. I bought some Tuono mirrors to minimise the buffeting, I'm also going to replace the fork springs, buy a fork brace and maybe buy an IWIS chain and new sprockets. I think that should do, oh and a chain oiler from TUTORO.

The bike should only need minor attention for a goodly while.

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Old 02-28-2012, 05:02 AM   #7
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My battery died on Sunday. $57.00 at Walmart. OE battery lasted over 5 years!
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:52 AM   #8
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I dropped the forks 15 MM last year. My weight is 230 Lbs. Absolutely no problem with bottoming.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:12 AM   #9
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2012 DL650 Oil Cooler/Motor ?

I really want to buy the 2012 DL650 Vstrom but I am bit conflicted.

The main reason I didn’t purchase last years or even before is that I just couldn’t get past the massive mono colored plastic up front. I have researched many bikes and all trails come back to the Wee for reliability and value. It’s not perfect, no bike is, but for the money in the field of adventure bikes it works.

From what I have gleamed from the net the 2012 Wee is not only sporting new plastic but also a different motor. I was at local dealer kicking tires the other day and took a good look at the 2012 Wee. Impressive looking bike and I think Suzuki did a great job on the plastic, it totally changed the character of the bike to my personal taste. I come from the old school.. I gotta love it to mount it!

My concerns are this:

  • The 2012 make-over includes integrating the radiator and oil cooler into a single assembly that is mounted up high. This makes a lot of sense and protects the oil cooler. I’m wondering in doing this did they find the radiator/cooler was not adequate so they put this gizmo under the oil filter to extract additional heat. As I looked at the bike I counted no less than 8-9 coolant hoses to distribute the coolness! Hoses and there connections are a weak link.
    • Is this a patch to overcome a design deficiency? Does it work? Probably!
    • Will it make it through warranty? Certainly!
    • But will it demonstrate the reliability that the original bike earned? I wonder about this. I suppose one could take the approach to replace all of these at intervals. This of course adds to the cost of bike ownership.
  • The motor from what I understand is from another platform. Does this bike demonstrate the reliability that the original Wee motor earned? Are we comparing apples-n-oranges here? I don’t know.

The expertise and real world experience of the membership here is incredible…. What say you?

Should I do the 2012 Wee or not?
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:23 PM   #10
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The radiator is only a radiator. There is no oil in it. Two coolant lines were added to run coolant through a heat exchanger behind the oil cooler allowing differences in oil and coolant temperature to minimize each other. The Gladius, Burgman scooters and maybe other models use the same system. The system has worked well to help bring up the oil temperature faster when warming up yet stabilize it when hot. The 650 Burgman has used the system since 2003 and with excellent results. I'm going slightly nuts waiting for my dealer to get a 2012.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:47 PM   #11
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The radiator is only a radiator. There is no oil in it. Two coolant lines were added to run coolant through a heat exchanger behind the oil cooler allowing differences in oil and coolant temperature to minimize each other. The Gladius, Burgman scooters and maybe other models use the same system. The system has worked well to help bring up the oil temperature faster when warming up yet stabilize it when hot. The 650 Burgman has used the system since 2003 and with excellent results. I'm going slightly nuts waiting for my dealer to get a 2012.
So they nixed the oil cooler that was located down low and behind the exhaust header with the Gladius motor! interesting.

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Old 03-02-2012, 08:13 PM   #12
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The external oil cooler actually works too good for its own good. In really cold, raining weather the engine drops down in temperature.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:17 PM   #13
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Progressive Suspension 465 series shock

I got a killer deal on one with the remote preload adjuster. Hopefully they don't suck. It would be great if it works excellent. It is rebuildable, by whom I don't know. Will advise....
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #14
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I got the shock on and it works great. Better damping and a stiffer spring. The stock shock is darn near dog poop in comparison.
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We need an official all encompassing DL650 thread. This thread title fits the bill.
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