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post #1 of 17 Old 10-13-2018, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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need help 2003 vstrom 1000

Hello, I am looking at a 2003 and only has 12,000 miles. A little rough, but seems to run fine. Now the owner has it sitting in a damp shed. The tank bag is getting mold and the seat also has a light green film. last year I offered 1800. Like I said its a little rough. He is down to 2k and I offered 1500. I might come up a little but worried about it sitting, especially in a damp shed. I own a fjr1300, garage kept and clean as a whistle. If anybody can help that would be great in what I should really look at closer. I know the tank would be first. It ran fine a year ago so I would have to run it again, just need some things to look at closer. He gave me some bull**** that someone from the eu is going to pay 3k. LOL. Thanks for any help. Tim
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Prices very on these bikes depending on where you live.Tires are the most obvious thing that will need to be changed out.Look at the inside of the fuel tank for rust.As long as the bike starts up idles fine you can replace smaller items as you find.Depending on how long it has been sitting I would replace a dried out chain.$1500 dollars is all I would pay.If he was afford $3000 which I very highly doubt bike would have been gone.
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Tank: Is it full and was there fuel stabilizer added to the fuel. If not there is more risk of corrosion. If this is the case, the less you run it the better. If it ran last year it will run now unless some rodents got in and eat wires etc.

If you get it at 1.5k its probably ok. I would take the tank off, clean it, take the fuel pump out, inspect and clean before any further attempts to run the bike. Then reassemble and start with fresh gas.

Whiles the tank is off, check the air filter to make sure no rodents were in there. And just check in general for condition of electrical wiring and connectors. If they are clean and have good contact, add dielectric grease to them and re-assemble.

Change the brake and clutch fluids.
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If you think the fuel tank and/or fuel filter may be dirty, you should know that the fuel pump and filter unit cost several hundred dollars. There is a thread on here somewhere that tells how to bypass the internal filter and install an external filter.
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And no matter the condition a 2003 DL1000 has limitations for windscreens that all bikes since 2004 do not.
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If you are not a mechanic then NO!!

In general you are certainly near the, limit for many rubber parts

I think you can get a loved one for mid 3's whats your time worth
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thanks for the input. i have had several bikes in the garage so i know some, not a lot but i have removed tanks and so on. i planned to remove the tank and make sure its clean. i am concerned about the clutch issue and rear spacer, or am i reading to much into this. thanks
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Hello, I am looking at a 2003 and only has 12,000 miles. A little rough, but seems to run fine. Now the owner has it sitting in a damp shed. The tank bag is getting mold and the seat also has a light green film.
You didn't say where in the world this damp, moldy bike is sitting. That may make a difference. Does it ever get hot and dry?
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Personally, I wouldn't touch an '03 unless it was a screaming deal on a first bike. There are so many '04+ Vees available that the '03 is consigned to history. There are many improvements to the bike post '03 that devalue the first version. And no one is collecting the first edition of the Vee.

Push him hard on the price.
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thanks for the input. i have had several bikes in the garage so i know some, not a lot but i have removed tanks and so on. i planned to remove the tank and make sure its clean. i am concerned about the clutch issue and rear spacer, or am i reading to much into this. thanks
At the miles you listed I doubt you will have any issues with the clutch unless it has seen some serious abuse. As far as the alignment issue if Suzuki never addressed it I doubt you will have any issues with it either. My 2003 had 27,000 on it when I got it and yes there was some vibration if you hammered it below 3500 RPM but ease into it until 4000 and there wasn't an issue. My rear wheel did not have the magic spacer either and the chain ran on the center of the sprockets. I would agree though in finding a "loved one" as replacement parts cost add up quick if it does need them. As long as the tank has no rust and there is not a bunch of corrosion on the exposed metal parts and it runs 1500 is a great deal with those miles.
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