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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-04-2018, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Just got a leftover 2016 Green 1000, upgraded from my vstrom 650. This thing has power! I have also found myself going faster than I should in town, it wants to run. Have only gone above 4k rpm a couple of times, only have 250 miles on it at this time.

I love the handling over the vstrom and being a heavier bike it does not seem it when riding. Not having a gear indicator seems to be messing with me a little, my klr didn't have one and I was always trying change gears and found I was already in 6th. This bike is the same way, the vstrom had a gear indicator, it must be a mental thing though and once it is not limited by the break in period it shouldn't be a problem.

I do have some issues and it may be just because its a new bike to me and the sounds are different:

1. Seems to have a little surging in the 3 to 4 k range in different gears. I have tried to hold the bar weight and throttle keeping my rpm as steady as possible and still does it, no jumps in rpm, my vstrom would do that if the chain was not adjusted correctly. The chain on this seems to be fine.

2. Also there is some buzzing noises coming from the front end area. I did find several lose fasteners on the plastics and the fuel tank retention by the forks. tightening them up and it did reduced the sound by quite a bit. However I can still hear it when the throttle is applied. Maybe some loose wire bundles rubbing and making the noise?

3. Shifting issues: when going into first from neutral it makes quite the clunk. Also it has happened a couple of times that I think i have shifted and released the clutch and then it goes into gear.

I know i need to get use to the bike and just may be over sensitive to everything as it is new and more powerful than I am used to.

I still love it though!!!!
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You can get a cheaper Gear Indicator than the OEM also you can use the Vulcan S 650 12V Outlet and save about $60.00. The transmisson will be much better after your first oil change. Also helps to hold out on your shifts a bit i shift in the city about 4500rpm.
This thread will help you out on the Gear Indicator and 12V Outlet.........https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...2v-outlet.html

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1) My V650 sometimes surges at lower rpm and light throttle It may have to do with the O2 sensor because they are kind of binary rather than linear analog. Fwiw my new 4 cyl car does the same thing. Some kind of feedback into the electronic engine control system which has a slow oscillation. As long as the surging isn't too bothersome to your riding it is probably normal.

2) V's are known for random buzzing sounds from the plastics, so it is nothing to panic about anyhow.

3) When new mine was a bit stiff or jerky. As Weljo said, it gets much better after the first oil change. I'm a nut, so I change oil in a new engine at about 500 miles, then again at about 1000, then every year or 3000 miles. Different oils do make a difference in how smoothly the transmission shifts. I use Mobil1 fully synthetic motorcycle oil. I did try a non-syn and it didn't shift as smoothly as the Mobil1, but better than the factory oil. If you are not aware of it, you must use a properly rated motorcycle oil because the clutch plates are bathed in the oil. A non-motorcycle oil will mess with the clutch plates.
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thanks for the info! I had seen the gear indicator that you could add on will take a look at the one you mentioned. I figured the shifting would get better after the first oil change, now I just need to ride it some more to reach that point. Will try the holding shifts method and see how that works.

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...If you are not aware of it, you must use a properly rated motorcycle oil because the clutch plates are bathed in the oil. A non-motorcycle oil will mess with the clutch plates....
FWIW - I use (and HAVE for OVER 150,000 miles among THREE V 650s) Mobil1 [car!] 15w-50 synthetic oil w/ NO clutch (or any OTHER...) issues!

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