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Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen (2012-2016) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Suzuki V-Strom 650 1st Gen Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen (also known as the DL650, and affectionately known as the “Wee-Strom” or just the “Wee”) made between 2012 and 2016, replacing the original V-Strom 650 1st gen.

The Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen is a mid-weight, sport touring motorcycle launched in 2004 with a standard riding posture, fuel injection and an aluminum chassis.

The V-Strom 650 has a loyal following worldwide, and the DL650 used to outsell Suzuki’s larger DL1000 two-to-one — though the gap has narrowed as the V-Strom 1000 improved. The name V-Strom combines V, referring to the bike’s V engine configuration, with the German word strom, meaning stream or current.

The 2nd generation V-Strom 650 was a big revamp for the V-Strom 650, even if the engine stayed the same. Externally it got more durable resin body panels, a front fender that gave more cooling airflow to the radiator, and the engine got a more efficient oil cooling system. It retains the same basic engine — a 645cc 90-degree V-twin pushing the same six-speed transmission and chain final drive, but with a few enhancements from the Suzuki Gladius.

In 2017, the 2012-2016 2nd gen V-Strom 650 was replaced by the 2017+ third gen V-Strom 650.

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What you need to service the Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen

To do a service on your 2nd gen V-Strom 650, aside from general motorcycle maintenance tools, you need some (or all) of the following consumables.

ItemSuzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen Spec
Engine oilSuzuki recommends SAE10W-40 oil that meats JASO T903 standard of class MA or MB, which meets performance requirements for motorcycles with wet clutches. Most oils meet this spec, and Motul 7100 is well liked.
Oil filterOil filter tightening torque is 20 Nm (14.5 lb-ft). The part number starts with 16510-03G00, and there many that are the right part (with different codes). The Hiflofiltro equivalent part is HF138RC (all model years)
Spark plugsUse a NGK CR8EIA-9 as standard. Make sure it’s gapped to 0.7-0.8mm with a gapping tool. Re-torque the spark plug
Air filterThe Suzuki part number for the air cleaner is 13780-27G10-000. The K&N part code for the air filter is SU-1002 (all model years).
Brake padsThe V-Strom obsessives on Stromtroopers like EBC double hardened pads most of all saying they have stronger bite, fade less, and last just as long (if not longer). You need FA229HH (front left), FA231HH (front right), and FA174HH (rear).
Brake fluidThe manual recommends DOT 4 brake fluid.
CoolantYou need a coolant compatible with an aluminum radiator, mixed at a 50:50 solution. Valvoline Zerex G05 meets the spec.
ChainTo maintain the chain, you need to clean and service it regularly. Use Motul chain paste, or better, the complete Motul chain care kit.
GreaseTo grease external pivot points you need both lithium soap-based grease and silicone grease
Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd gen spec

Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen.

NOTES:

  • Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.
  • Legend: I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary, R= Replace, T= Tighten
  • Hard use: If you use the motorcycle under severe conditions, you may have to service it more frequently (especially the chain and air filter)
km10006000120001800024000
miles600400075001100014500
Elementmonths212243648
Air cleaner element (SU-1002)IIRI
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler boltsTTTTT
Valve clearanceI
Spark plugs (NGK CR8EIA-9)IRIR
Fuel lineReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Engine oil (Motul 7100)RRRRR
Engine oil filter (HF138RC)RR
Throttle cable playIIIII
Throttle valve synchronizationII
Engine coolant (Super Long-Life)Replace every 4 years
Radiator hoseReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Clutch cable playIIII
Drive chain (Motul chain care kit)Clean and lubricate every 1000 km (600 miles)IIII
Brakes (see above for part numbers)IIIII
Brake hoseReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Brake fluid (DOT 4)Replace every 2 yearsIIII
TiresIIII
SteeringIII
Front forksII
Rear suspensionII
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTTT
Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen

The manual for the 2nd gen Suzuki V-Strom 650 specifies the following tyre specs.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front110/80R19M/C 59HBRIDGESTONE TW101 J225 kPa (33 psi)
Rear150/70R17M/C 69HBRIDGESTONE TW152 F250-280 kPa (36-41 psi)
Adjust pressure based on rear load (e.g. when you have a passenger)
Tyres and tyre pressures

About the Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen

The 1st Gen V-Strom 650 was a huge favourite in the adventure travel world for many years with almost no competition other than much more expensive BMWs.

It took the engine from the fuel-injected second generation SV650, detuned it slightly for more midrange, and then put it into an upright chassis.

The 2nd Gen Suzuki V-Strom 650 improved on the 1st gen in almost every way — other than a 10% smaller fuel tank, although that was due to shaving down body weight.

The V-Strom 650 2nd gen has a two-into-one exhaust system that even in stock form has a healthy lump to it. An upright riding posture means you can ride the Wee-strom for days… like the 1st gen, the 2nd gen Wee-strom is huge favourite for people doing the 1000-miles-in-24-hours “Iron Butt” challenge because of its comfort and range (over 250 miles or 400 km), and especially so as it has better engine cooling.

The engine in the V-Strom 650 is a 645cc 90 degree liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-twin, with four valves per cylinder, and intake and exhaust valving each with their own camshaft. It might sound like not much — but it puts 66 horsepower to the rear wheel (some 5% more than the outgoing version, if that’s worth anything), which is enough for freeway speeds — even two-up (thought it might take a bit longer to get there with a passenger and full luggage).

The V-Strom 650 2nd gen gets its engine from the updated block in the Suzuki Gladius. It’s the same, but has a few other tech enhancements like low-friction SCEM-plated cylinders, lightweight single valve springs, dual iridium spark plugs, and an idle speed control system.

The V-Strom 650 2nd gen’s enhancements also include some to enhance the V-twin engine’s pulse while reducing mechanical noise and boosting mid-range torque.

The V-Strom 650 2nd gen, like the first, has a heavier flywheel, giving the engine a character more suited to a tourer.

Manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 650 2nd Gen. You can download it from VStrom.Info

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