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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 #1 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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How many of you have had problems with their V-Strom DL1000?

Note! This is NOT meant in any way to bash any of the bikes. I'm trying to make a buying decision here.

Also, note that the SECOND "Nope, nothing but oil changes" was meant for the WEE!!!

IF, the poll question does not suit you, just make a comment in the thread.

Guys, I'm looking at at Vee 1000 but I've had quite a few people telling me to go with the 650 instead because it's more reliable and what not.

So, to make this simple and to get some kind of idea, I'm posting a poll.

Please I would like to get as MANY as possible doing this so I can see what kind of percentages I get.

Please also post underneath if you'd like, how you voted and why. Ie, more details. Also, the history of your bike. How many miles it had when you bought it,
how many miles you put on it and if you know, who you bought it from? Ie, old dude, some crazy dirt bike rider...



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post #2 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 03:58 PM
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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?
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post #3 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 04:03 PM
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Let's bash the VEE.

Perhaps this post should be moved to the WEE forum...
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post #4 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 04:04 PM
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love my vee! pcv install and love it even more.

'12 vee, '07 bandit 1250s, '15 bmw f700gs

'08 suzuki gsxr (sold)
'11 wee, (sold)
'07 honda shadow aero (sold)
'06 honda shadow sabre (sold)
'07 honda shadow sabre (traded)
'01 honda valkyrie (sold)
'07 kaw meanstreak (sold)
'01 honda shadow ace (sold)
'71 (?) honda z50 trail (first bike, wish i still had)
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post #5 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 04:12 PM
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Arrow No Fail

100k on the clock of my pure stock 05 DL1. with no fail. original stator, fuel pump & filter, clutch bkt. etc.. stock ECU & gearing. i use mc oil and, prem.fuel only. and i get yearly [14000mi./12mo.] average of 46 mpg.
see fuelly link for more info..

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post #6 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 04:14 PM
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New tires (Scorpion Trails), fork height returned to stock, rear suspension tweaked, a PCV and a fork brace.

In the space of 20 minutes the bike went from "meh, it's cheap so what can I expect" to "bugger me, where was this bike hiding?" I no longer feel I need to buy a Multistrada. This is now all the bike I could ever need.

Seriously, if you're not happy with your bike, it CAN be fixed for not a lot of money/time.

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Stebel Horn with Screaming Banshee,Gorilla Alarm, Madstadt Bracket, RichlandRick's fork brace, accessory shelf and mirror extenders, PCV, Twin 12v outlets, Twisted Throttle and EB Fuse Blocks, Admore Light Bar, GPS and Contour Camera Ram Mount, Bark Busters, 8k HIDS, Omni-Cruise Throttle Lock, Altrider Bars, sliders and side-stand foot. Wolfman Rainier Tank Bag, ADVMonster "30" Aux Lights
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post #7 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 04:23 PM
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Only failure I've had is the connector for the lights. Well, battery, but that's a normal maintenance issue.
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post #8 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 04:41 PM
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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.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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post #9 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 04:42 PM
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My K2 Vee is Still Kicking like a champ. Sure, I've spent a good penny on her. However, its due to me obsession with fixing her up and I do like to spoil my girl's. All in all I can say that this bike is/has been ten fold better that my prior bikes. Reliability wise it put it above my last bike, the beemer. If reliabaility isn't enough- be glad you're not spending $400.00 on a starter- just for the part.

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post #10 of 91 Old 12-18-2012, 04:43 PM
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I've had less issues with my V-Strom than I did with my Honda VTX1300. I had almost no problems with the VTX.... Only odd ball issue is the front sprocket cover cracked. Since the speedo sensor is there I lost speedo. I think I caused that by lack of good chain maintenance..
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