Parts and servicing
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.