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post #1 of 12 Old 12-12-2018, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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longevity of the DL1000

Hi guys I have a quick question for you. I currently ride a 650 and I love the bike but I am looking for a little bit bigger bike so I am now going to buy a DL1000 since I have loved the 650 so much. My question is this. The bike that I am looking at right now is a 2007 DL1000 and it has 44,000 miles on it. The current owner has taken good care of it and he is the original owner of the bike. is 44,000 considered high miles for these bikes or can I expect to get double that with no issues like the big twins like my Harley Ultra classic? just something that I would like to figure out before I buy this bike. Thanks for any info you guys can share on this.
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Well, there is a member here with a DL 1000 with 10 times that mileage!

As far as the engine goes, the DL 1000 seems to hold up better than the 650.

44,000 isn't too many miles at all. How it has been maintained, what things have been done to it to correct some of the dL 1000 Quirks, condition, and what comes with it are what really matter.
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If the owner has taken care of the bike, it should still have a long life ahead of it. The engine is so de-tuned that it will probably outlast the frame.

Things to look at are brakes, chain/sprockets, the usual wear stuff.

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I have the 2012 DL 1000
I have somewhere around 100,000 on it. I don't know the real millage because I replaced the spedo and forgot to put the number down. For repairs on things that I have not caused 0. I would not worry at 44,000. Ride and enjoy.
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Take care of it and it will take care of you. Just make sure the common problem area's on the 1st gen DL1000 are sorted. The previous owner may have already as some of these can show even at low miles. Most are easy fixes and not expensive

Common failure points that shouldn't be ignored:

-Stator failure (just a common issue on Suzuki's in general).
-Loose Flywheel magnets (low voltage like a failed stator, but stator tests fine, visible if you remove the stator cover, usually an easy fix and not expensive)
-Check front harness for overheating contacts for headlights which may cause them to fail (can be fixed with a relay or swapping to LED's)
-Hydraulic clutch slave, clutch pushrod and countershaft seals (have a tendency to leak and need seals replaced, and these are all in the same area that has a tendecy to get dirty and contaminated)

Annoyances that just affect quality of life:

-Clutch chudder (look at @realshelby 's signature for more details, it affects pretty much all DL1000's, even many newer models. Suzuki apparently can't figure out how to build the clutch basket like realshelby can, lol)
-Bad throttle position sensor (bike idles high or even dies when hot, easy fix)
-Throttle body sync (this is a general maintenance item so you have to do it regardless, but some people don't do it on a regular basis, and it can make a huge difference)

I think those are the big ones. If your worried about sudden engine failure, its actually extremely rare, at any mileage. Most common issues will worst case, leave you stranded.

When I bought mine this past year, I had a bad countershaft seal, loose flywheel magnets, a bad TPS, and my reg/rec had failed. Apparently stopped regulating and was outputting 16V, immediately after fixing the magnets. Don't worry, it wasn't one issue after another, they just started slowly revealing themselves as problems. Very sure the charging system problems was why the original owner sold it, along with the oil leak from the countershaft (that issue was present when I bought it for sure). By far, the most expensive of those was the reg/rec, as I spent a bit more to swap it out with a SH847 reg/rec back in March, as the stock ones are kinda junk. Charging system has been rock solid since. Fixed them with nothing more than very basic hand tools, and some basic understanding of electronics. Service manual and VSRI/Stromtroopers are also handy.

After everything was sorted, its been problem free for 5000 miles. I should get a lot more riding in next year, since I've got a lot of the fixes and maintenance out of the way. Waiting for parts/tools is a royal PITA and just eats time.
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In support of what Demache wrote, the older generation Vee do have a few possible issues. Not all bikes have them. For more information, have a look at the following links
https://www.stromtrooper.com/informa...what-bike.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/informa...r-magnets.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/DL1000-...ng-issues.html
http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,14649.0.html
http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,7503.0.html
and finally
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...s-buy-run.html

There are many more threads that will address your query. Bottom line, it is one hell of a bike, but in the end the choice is yours.
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A car salesman once told me that i will just simply want something new before my Honda Accord is truly finished. Ten years later I sold it. Unless it was wrecked it is probably still running out there somewhere.

Pretty much the same thing with these bikes. In all likelihood you will eventually fall in love with another bike and move on, or just park it in a lonely corner in the garage before it becomes unrideable. With normal maintenance by the book and nothing more the engines are easily good for 200,000 miles with 400,000+ the current leader.

Keep in stored inside and it will look good for a long time too.
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My DL1000 is up around 125,000 miles and not using a drop of oil, despite regular hard use. Nor do I expect it to start drinking oil any time soon.

At just under 100hp, this engine is ridiculously understressed. In its SV1000 and TL1000 incarnations, it made 120-135hp stock.

44K is just a piffle. Literally the very last thing anyone should worry about.
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Hi guys I have a quick question for you. I currently ride a 650 and I love the bike but I am looking for a little bit bigger bike so I am now going to buy a DL1000 since I have loved the 650 so much. My question is this. The bike that I am looking at right now is a 2007 DL1000 and it has 44,000 miles on it. The current owner has taken good care of it and he is the original owner of the bike. is 44,000 considered high miles for these bikes or can I expect to get double that with no issues like the big twins like my Harley Ultra classic? just something that I would like to figure out before I buy this bike. Thanks for any info you guys can share on this.
44k miles is nothing IF you plan on keeping the bike for a long time or you live in an area where you can ride year round and high mileage bikes are common.

I'm in Ontario, Canada and 44k miles is considered very high for most any bike. So if you buy it and put 20k on then around me you'd have a hard time selling the bike and would be giving it away. It seems like around me, the average person is putting less then 5k miles a year on a bike.

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One advantage of the legendarily poor quality of 1970-80s Harleys is that you can score a bike with a few miles on it ridiculously cheap.

The stories of Uncle Fud rebuilding his chopper's engine every winter are two or three generations old by now, yet there's still this firmly embedded idea floating around that motorcycle engines always wear out quickly.

With proper maintenance, a modern fuel-injected liquid-cooled motorcycle engine will last just as long as the engine in any four door grocery getter.


Of course, there's still a powerful idea left over from the 1960s - 80s that cars are worn out and worthless when they hit 80,000 or 100,000 miles. Then again, it was true that a lot of domestic brand cars in the 1980s promptly started to fall apart when they hit 80,000 miles (I was there, man... it was brutal).

Those days are long gone (you have to really work at neglect to kill any modern vehicle before 300-350K), but if you know what you're looking for you can still pick up great bargains on well-maintained vehicles with a few extra miles on them.
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