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post #1 of 16 Old 05-29-2019, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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'05 DL-1000 question (s)

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Thanks for letting me join! I'm pondering an '05 VStrom 1000, being sold by a local fellow. Its mileage is in the 40k range, and it *seems* to be in pretty good shape. My primary question is about 'seat height'. I'm a bit on the small side (5' 9" and-a-half) and it would seem that the current seat-height would put me on the balls of my feet at a red light. Can you suggest other seat options for this bike that might put me in 'flat-feet mode'? (I'm coming from a 2014 Triumph Tiger, which I had to sell last year to pay for some surgery. REALLY miss that bike!) Also...is there an after-market gear-shift indicator that would be good for this bike? Thanks so much, all!

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-29-2019, 03:52 PM
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First remove the 4 rubber bumpers on the bottom of the seat pan. That gives you between 1/2 and 3/4 inch drop.
If that's not enough, SeatConcepts makes a lower seat cover. Next step up in price is a full custom lowered seat from Terry Adcox or RDL.

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The Tiger is tall too, so should not be a big difference between the two.

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Exclamation Lower it!

You can lower the front and the rear of the bike. At the rear the "dog-bones" that connect the rear shock to the the swingarm can be changed easily. There are some that are fixed length and others that are adjustable to some extent.

For the front you can slide the fork tubes up through the triple trees. My 2003 DL1000 has has both done to it lowering it about 1 inch. The fit is fine for my 31 inch inseam legs being able to flat foot at the stop lights without issue. As a side note there doesn't seem to be a degradation to the ride quality.

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I'm 5"10" with a 30" inseam. My DL1000 felt like it was too tall the first week I had it then I got used it to. Now I love how high it sits.
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I appreciate the replies...thanks so much!!
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Move on and get a 2014 or newer 1000 or any model year 650, otherwise get ready to be asking us all for help with the issues you'll be having down the road. Browse around the 02/12 1000 section.......you'll see.

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You want to shop for a 2004-2011 DL 650 seat. These are interchangeable with the DL 1000 seat. They are quite a bit lower! Then take the rubber cushions of that one too and you will lose a substantial amount of seat height.

Yes, there are some things that owners tend to complain about on the 2002-2012 DL 1000. But some bikes have almost no issues and the worst ones are easy to fix. And at the price these bikes sell for now, they are a real bargain!

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WERKS modified clutch baskets for DL and SV 1000's.
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What are some of the common issues with this model?
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Clutch basket issues, which I have a fix for.

Fueling issues, which can be addressed but some bikes are just going to be better than others on fuel mileage, and the tendency to hiccup or backfire at low rpm/throttle openings.

Throttle Position Sensors tend to cause problems more in the 1000 than the 650 for some reason. But again we know the symptoms now and replacing them isn't expensive.

Some complain about rear chain alignment. Which can be fixed by two methods.

Rotor magnets tend to come loose on these. But there is a cheap fix known as the JB Weld Fix that eliminates that problem.

Otherwise these are not any more likely to be a problem than other bikes. In fact, I would say they are a more reliable bike overall when a few things are addressed than the 650 or about any other bike. The suspension is much better to start with too. Brakes are the same poor brakes as the 650's have.......
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'12 DL 650 '14 BMW R 1200 RT

WERKS modified clutch baskets for DL and SV 1000's.
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