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Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen (2002-2013) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen.

The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen, also known as the DL1000, is a dual-sport motorcycle with a 996 cc V-twin engine and a standard riding posture. It has been manufactured in Japan by Suzuki since 2002, although sales in Europe ended in 2009.

The 1st gen was made between 2002 and 2013, and is based on the original 996cc engine borrowed from the TL1000S. It was replaced for the 2014 model year by the 2nd generation Suzuki V-Strom 1000.

The name V-Strom combines “V” referring to the bike’s engine configuration with the German Strom, meaning stream or power.

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Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen.


  • Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.
  • I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary, R= Replace, T= Tighten
  • If you use the motorcycle under severe conditions, you may have to service it more frequently.
Air cleaner elementIIRI
* Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler boltsTTT
* Valve clearanceI
Spark plugsIRIR
Fuel hose*Replace every 4 yearsIIII
Engine oil (Motul 7100, Shell Rotella T6)RRRRR
Engine oil filterRR
Idle speedIIIII
Throttle cable playIIIII
* Throttle valve synchronizationI (CA. only)II
* Evaporative emission control system (CA model only)Replace vapor hose every 4 yearsII
* PAIR (air supply) systemII
* Engine coolantReplace every 2 years
Radiator hoseIIII
Clutch hoseReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)Replace every 2 yearsIIII
Drive chain (Motul chain paste)Clean and lubricate every 1000 km (600 miles)IIIII
* BrakesIIIII
Brake hose*Replace every 4 yearsIIII
Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)*Replace every 2 yearsIIII
* SteeringIII
* Front forksII
* Rear suspensionII
* Chassis bolts and nutsTTTTT
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen Maintenance Schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen

The manual for the 1st gen V-Strom 1000 specifies the following tyre sizes and pressures, and ships with the following tyres (but of course, fit what you need to!)

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)Tyre brand
Front110/80R19M/C 59H36 psi/250 kPa (2.5 bar)BRIDGESTONE TW101F
Rear150/70R17M/C 69H36-41 psi/250-280 kpa (2.5-2.8 bar)BRIDGESTONE TW152F
1st gen Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Tyre size and pressure

About the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen

The V-Strom 1000 was Suzuki’s first big adventure bike in a while. It was for those who wanted a little more road and highway bias than the V-Strom 650, or perhaps who wanted the torque of the old TL1000R but in a more comfortable chassis.

A lot of the V-Strom 1000’s popularity can be attributed to its 996cc liquid-cooled, Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder and dual-overhead cams. This set-up and tuning gave the V-Strom 1000 a lot of low-end and mid-range torque that let it accelerate at just about any speed in any gear.

During the reign of the 1st gen V-Strom 1000, many fans actually preferred the 1st gen V-Strom 650, affectionately known as the “Wee Strom”. It was considered the better adventure bike — lighter, better fuel efficiency, and not lacking in any tech next to its bigger stablemate. That changed with alter editions of course — the V-Strom 650 didn’t get cruise control or cornering ABS, for example.

The V-Strom 1000 1st gen isn’t just a straight line brute. It has very good handling, thanks in large part to a lightweight, compact, and rigid aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm.

Dash/console of the 1st gen V-Strom 1000
Dash/console of the 1st gen V-Strom 1000

The cartridge-style 43mm front forks with adjustable preload give 6.3 inches of wheel travel and allow for a comfortable ride and enough travel to soak up bumps and rocks, while a link-type rear suspension with 6.3 inches of wheel travel and a piggyback-style shock absorber (with adjustable rebound damping and a knob-operated hydraulic preload adjuster) add to its handling capabilities. All-in-all, a good amount of adjustability for a classic adventure bike.

The original V-Strom 1000 got a ton of accessories, including panniers, a top box, side cases, an engine bar, and an adjustable windscreen.

In the early days, people often preferred the light weight of the V-Strom 650. The advantages of the 1000 weren’t as obvious. Yes, it accelerated faster. But both the 650 and the 1000 are totally adequately capable of riding at highway speeds. Ask on a forum, and people are often inclined to give you this simple answer: if you want to ride two-up, get the thou. Otherwise, the 650 will do you fine, and the better mileage will be a boon for long trips.

Nonetheless, both are excellent bikes that have stood the test of time.

Manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 1st Gen.

You can download it from here.

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