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
'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.