I'm Martin from Estonia and this will be my Vee diary in this forum.
On 28th of December 2017, I bought myself K2 DL1000 with 38k on the clock.
It is winter, the bike had no insurance or MOT. It was dirty but I forgive it because the bike wasn't actively advertised for the sale. Stumbled on it on FB post comment where one was looking a new bike.
Anyways, went to see the bike. Were able to walk around it, make 50m "test drive" (bike was in the city center) and listen to the engine. Allegedly it had been raised 3cm and had seat from 650. I'm 180cm and my heels were touching the ground. It had no center stand but side stand had welded wider base.
It had Heidenau K60 Scout MS tires with almost no wear, brake pads, rare spoke, and chain looked ok. Also, there were no clutch noises. It had Powerbronze windshield, 3 charger sockets, homemade heated grips, crash bars and Rental handlebar.
Based on sellers story it had all the oils and cost parts changed 200km ago. He told that bike was sprayed 2 years ago and it hasn't fallen or been in any accidents (checked, no records).
He sent me few pictures that evening:
The paintwork wasn't perfect but in few meters, it wasn't scraping the eye. The fairing around dash was cracked and rings around speedometer were missing. Under the fearing there were some electrical tape junks, open wires on the handlebar etc. But hey, it almost 16-year-old bike and not all the owners are that anal with their bikes as I am.
Later this night he sent me a video of the bike with working engine and lights.
We both wanted to make the exchange before the new year so I managed to make one hour window for this transaction on next workday. Made the deal with the owner, that he will bring it outside the town with his van, I will make a proper test drive and put it in the garage for winter if everything is ok.
Next day he called me that is should start moving and then was half an hour late himself. Told me that the heated grips were forgotten on and the battery was flat by the morning. He had to borrow a battery from another bike, drive the bike to the van and remove the battery again. When he arrived the battery was dead and off from the bike.
Seller story for the bike was "nice" and I had no time left so we pushed it to the garage and 5 min later the bike was in my name.
After work, I drove by the garage and connected the battery to the charger and started the bike. No lows. Realised later that the video he sent was made in daylight with Hi beams.
Didn't have more time at that moment and returned to the bike on weekend to check why no lows.
When I arrived at the garage, the first thing I accidentally noticed was the windshield moving 0.5cm to left and right. Started to look the cause of it.
The reason - almost all the plastics were broken or cracked. Some of them were zip-tied underneath. Only one plastic part was undamaged in the nose.
Some of those were painted on the bike without taking things apart because bolts were over twisted:
Underneath all that I found dented gas tank:
To remove all the plastics I had to remove the crash bars and found cracked motor mount:
Removed the tape from some of the connectors under the fearing and found not very reliable wire repairs:
The lose wires on handle bars were connected straight to the battery so under the load:
Removed all that junk:
200km driven spark plugs:
Air filter was full of dead bugs.
Few days later the person who sold this bike to the man I bought it write to me via the local forum and told, that the bike is originally from UK and odometer is in miles not in kilometers like we are used to (didn't even thought to check it).
Will fixate the numbers for myself:
Also that the bike was heavily corroded at that time and the buyer pointed out that the headlight is for left-hand traffic and I should check if he replaced it (it is not legal in Estonia to drive with it).
So I jump wired the low beam fuse stand next time when I had a chance with 12V and bulbs did light up drawing unwanted lines on the wall - UK light
Cleaned the engine a little and indeed, nasty corrosion was revealed.
Al the wire connectors behind the radiator were corroded too. Hopped that after the cleanup lows will come on but no luck.
Took apart right side handlebar switch and cleaned the connectors - nothing
Took apart left side dimmer switch. It was also corroded and had a loose connection.
Cleaned it and soldered the loose wire back to its place. Still nothing.
Then found a blown fuse. Replaced it and now when I turn the ignition on the left low lights up and right one only barely glows. When I turn on Hi's only left one will light up. Swapped the bulbs, the same story.
I have a lightning switch on the starter button housing and no matter which position it is (off/gauge/lows) lows light up now (so-so) when I turn the ignition on
At one point I lent endoscope from my friend to check the gas tank dent from inside. It was heavily rusted. The weld underneath the dent was rusted inside and outside.
Found a good deal on eBay and ordered the new unused tank. Received it on weekend:
Today received new headlight:
And it is exactly the same I have on the bike right now. Ordered some new fairings too and they used VIN for headlight too. They promised to me that they will order new one form factory and replace the one sent out to me.
Received EB relay kit and PC8 last week.
Oxford heated grips should be arriving soon.
There is a lot more to write but it has become a long post already so I call it a day.
Long story short - I made a hell of a deal, didn't I?
The bright side is that I didn't know anything about V-Stroms before and turning this journey I should get quite a familiar with this bike.