I test rode a dl1000 today.
I loved the torque, the sound and think I could get to like the seating position.
Unfortunately I returned the bike to the dealer telling them I couldn't buy a bike that behaved as this one did.
Any advice much appreciated.
Well, I'll assume that at this point lasersage of Lancashire is long gone as we pound the last few nails in the Vee's coffin.
So yeah, I'll take it upon myself to post the closer here.
After several years of corrective therapy by the crew here at Stromtrooper I have reluctantly taken my meds and done the following...
1.) Front fork brace.
2.) Installed 3mm off-set shim in rear axle.
3.) Wind buffeting part one: Loose the stock mirrors for a set of Aprilia Tuono units.
4.) Wind buffeting part two: Install a Cee Bailey windscreen on a set of Madstad brackets.
5.) Replace any questionable sensors on the bike and do ALL the T-Body recalibration procedures before coming here and complaining about crappy running issues.
<yes, I got spanked>
and yes, I learned that a TPS can test good and be bad.
Sage advice from the wolf, "just change it and be done with it"
7.) Installed a re-werked clutch basket.
(chudder or no chudder, just do it and be done with ALL clutch issues forever!)
8.) Put the fueling bugs to sleep.
e.g. Build, buy, or steal a Yosh, Teka, or Power Commander device.
They work wonders. It's a game changer.
9.) Time bomb issues: I'm on my second stator. Only God knows when she'll fry again so it's literally a time bomb. <suggest a rabbits foot>
10.) I'm running my original fuel pump with 40+ thousand miles on it.
There are two options here. Simply install a new $700.00 fuel pump every 50,000 miles, or... go with the rabbits foot option mentioned in #9 above.
11.) Installed 16/43 gearing. This one is a personal preference.
For me it was a great improvement.
So lasersage, I have an 06 Vee (same as the 07 you rode) and I love the thing.
I think you should buy that 07 Vee and begin the journey from frustration to Nirvana.
Hey, where'd he go?