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post #11 of 14 Old 11-07-2012, 08:55 AM
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i Have an '03 DL1000 and she's been pretty much trouble free. Aside from the normal wear and tear parts, she's only needed -one- sensor replacement.

She's a reliable machine and still goes like stink!

So get one.

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post #12 of 14 Old 11-07-2012, 09:36 AM
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I've had both and prefer the DL650 over the DL1000, just seems to run smoother.
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-10-2012, 10:10 PM
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650 a better bike?

My friend and I both bought Stroms back in 2004. Mine was the 650, my friend got the 1000. I do believe the 1000 is obviously faster but I weigh 75 lbs more than my friend and I keep up with him fine.
He has had to re-map the computer and I think it burns oil. Mine on the other hand is a great engine, with no problems. The engine was proven in the SV650 for years before 04.
I always look at the engine before the bike. I believe this is one of the most reliable and great all around engines made.

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post #14 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 10:15 AM
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The DL1000 engine was around for several years starting with the the 1997 TL1000, a more powerful version with hotter cams.

As used in the Vee, the engine is just loafing and will pretty much last forever. There are really no unproven technologies at work in the rest of the bike. So no, there aren't any inherent reliability traps in the earlier models.

The only knock against the 02-03 models is the fixed windscreen. I removed mine entirely, but if you feel the need for wind protection your options are far more limited than with later models.

The early model's stator is supposedly a bit less powerful (350 vs. 400 watts is the usual number you see), but there's a strong suspicion that it's also somewhat more reliable, as long as the craptastic Suzuki connectors are replaced or kept free of corrosion. There aren't enough statistics to be sure, of course.

However, the only way to get more power out of the same physical size stator is to use more windings of thinner wire and/or more powerful magnets. Since adding more windings is a lot cheaper than exotic magnets, it follows that the later models DL1000 stators use more windings and may also be somewhat less reliable.

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