Parts and ser­vic­ing

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Ser­vice sched­ule

The sched­ule’s based on 7500-mile in­ter­vals. The first ser­vice is mainly a bolt check and safety in­spec­tion, plus oil change, throt­tle body bal­anc­ing and a spark plug check (which is safely ig­nored be­cause it’s a pain to do it). 15,000 miles sees the same again, plus valve clear­ances checked, spark plugs and oil fil­ter changed and coolant drained and re­placed un­less it’s filled with Suzuki’s ‘Su­per Long Life Coolant’, in which case it’s left alone til 30k. 22,500 miles sees the same as 7500 ex­cept the air fil­ter’s changed, and 30k is the same as 15k. Clutch and brake fluid’s changed every two years and hoses every four.

New and used parts prices

New parts aren’t bad — brake discs at £84 each, pads £29 a pair, air fil­ter £32 and han­dle­bar £68. Body parts are pricier — a fuel tank is £640 and a head­light £275 and a full chain and sprocket kit is £225. For­tu­nately the af­ter­mar­ket can help. We­moto has bat­ter­ies from £33, chain and sprocket kits from £105, front wheel-bear­ing kits from £7.50, HH grade brake pads from £21 and an oil fil­ter from just £5.28.

There aren’t many late V-stroms in break­ers yet and those that are tend to be very heav­ily dam­aged. Even so, a quick look turned up in­di­ca­tors from £20, mir­rors from £30, side pan­els from £30 and switchgear from £22. A screen will be around £35-£40, a starter mo­tor from £35 and a pair of discs from £130. We’ve also seen fuel tanks from £150.

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