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View Poll Results: I'm trying to find the reliability of the Vee 1000 and who preferred a Wee 650
I had major damage/repair on my Vee 1000 3 4.35%
I had some damage (under $500 including mechanics fees) 9 13.04%
Nothing but oil changes for me 29 42.03%
I wish I had bought a Wee 650 instead 2 2.90%
Hell, I had lots of problems with my Wee 0 0%
I had SOME damage ($500) on the Wee 0 0%
Nope, nothing but oil changes 12 17.39%
No damage on the 1000 but it runs like crap. Clutch sucks or whatever.. 5 7.25%
No damage on the 1000 but it RAN like crap till I got a Commander and that solved it 100% 12 17.39%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 69. You may not vote on this poll

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post #11 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 05:04 PM
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I didn't participate in the poll as I feel my level of experience isn't high enough to provide valid input "in poll form".

I did feel compelled to throw this out there though... how many issues are in reference to experience with previous bikes ridden? I've read of the issues here with performance but since I am just learning, I'm sort of letting the bike be the teacher... learning to do what "it" does best. Makes me feel like if I change over to another bike at some point in the future that I will judge that bike by how it is NOT like this one.

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post #12 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 05:38 PM
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My 2006 DL650 has over 202,000 km (125,200+ miles) with essentially no issues

RCACS has around 255,500km (158,348 miles) on his DL650 as of the end of january.

There is a report of a rider having over 300,000 km (186,000+ miles) on his DL1000.

Durability isn't an issue with any flavour of these bikes.

The DL1000 has a few little things to correct to make it run better while the DL650 is pretty much ready to go out of the box. The DL1000 issues are pretty minor in the grand scheme of things although cost a little bit of money and not a reason to buy one over the other. I don't think there is any real difference in reliability, just be aware the DL1000 may cost you a bit more than the original purchase price to make it run the best.

Ride them both and see which one you like more and buy it.


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post #13 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 06:15 PM
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I haven't bought a bike that I didn't have to do several farkles, Vee included. I have a Suzuki M109R as a stablemate and it has also been thru the process including two different fuel processors. Nothing new to me.
My thoughts were, If I buy the 650 then I will be performing all that is available to squeeze out more power. Why not just buy the 1000 and be done with it? I knew I would be riding two up most of the time and wanted the extra grunt.
After installing the PC it has become the bike Suzuki only wishes it could sell you. I'm happy with it but I will continue to enhance it to my comfort level.

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post #14 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 06:28 PM
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Wera688 has over a quarter of a million miles on his Vee.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s

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post #15 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 07:38 PM
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As one of the "Vee haters" I feel obliged to point out:

The ECM/ lean running issues are (AFAIK) confined to a specific production run.

Suzuki supplied replacement ECMs as a factory recall for some of those bikes.

I am one of the stupid ones who had an affected bike (used) and never got either the Suz replacement (too late) or a PCIII (to expensive). Many may say that because of that I shouldn't blame Suzuki, but I call BS on that.
I shouldn't have to spend hundreds of $ on aftermarket crap to make my bike run right - IMHO.
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post #16 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by phoenixsteve View Post
The ECM/ lean running issues are (AFAIK) confined to a specific production run...
Mine's a '10 and ran lean. I think $300 is a pretty cheap mod considering you only do it once. It works out at a couple of bucks a month. Hell, as many will point out, you can live with it quite easily too.

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post #17 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 08:23 PM
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My K3 Vee is working like a champ. No serious problems. Power Commander works well. LOVE the Galfer Rotors and pads, impressed by their stopping power. Yellow is the fastest colour, by the way...

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post #18 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by flyspray View Post
Guys this poll SUCKS, I love my 06 Vee with 55000mi. . All Stock, Nothing
but tyres chains & sprokets& K & N air filter, I figured if I was going to
to change it, it ought to be the best. I'm so glad I bought my Vee
before I joined this Forum. Or I might not have bought it. Does anybody
like their Vee besides me?
You got it all wrong. I like the Vee and want to get one but I've read about too m many problems and on several forums, they advise me to get the Wee instead.

I have found TWO that I really like but once I buy them, I really wont' have money left to have anything fixed if needed. One of them has the power commander.
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post #19 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 08:30 PM
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My 05 had a pc3 when i bought it with 24K miles, I did have to replace the seal in the waterpump at 29K, but other than that its nothing but tires and oil

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Originally Posted by kenneth_moore View Post
When you say "damage" do you mean "defect" or "failure?" I'm really not trying to nit-pick, but to me damage is something that happens when you hit a tree.

BTW: the possibility of a defect or failure is the last reason I'd use to pick a Vee over a Gee/Wee or vice-versa. They're very different bikes that give very different rides.
With damage I meant stuff like engine failure in any way or some other component that's poorly designed and can create problems.
Bad clutch, on the Suzuki Burgman 650 CVT problems and so on.
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