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post #1 of 7 Old 06-01-2019, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Looking at 2005 vee

I have a 2006 650 and looking at a 2005 1000 with 20k miles. I have about the same but the 1000 has luggage which I need. What should I look at closely on the 1000? Mine is pretty loaded up with heated grips, engine guards, skid plate, barkbusters, throttle lock. The 1000 gas gauge does not work he says, I don't know if it doesn't show anything or stuck at half full. I know about the clutch issues, look for rear spacer or see if chain lines up. Is there any other things I should look into or be aware of or just stick with the 650? Any input is appreciated. I also have risers and pullbacks. Thanks ahead.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-01-2019, 11:01 AM
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I recently bought a 2007 Vee in fine condition, under 9K miles, which I am very happy with. The overall condition of the one you are looking at should say a lot. Does it have a PC unit to rectify the lean running issues those earlier models are know to have? Obviously test ride to verify how it runs throughout the rpm range. Does it need tires? Every potential negative you are able to point out will help you negotiate the price down, or cause you to pass on that particular bike.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-01-2019, 11:30 AM
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WoodRat is right. I'll only add that at 20,000 miles, it's just getting broken in. Other than needing to lube everything that moves you should be good to go for many years.

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-01-2019, 11:41 AM
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Unless you really need more power I would stick with your 650. Put 4 pot calipers on it and get the suspension worked on and it will be much better than a 1st generation VEE.

If considering the VEE be aware of charging issues with migrating magnets. Read this thread: https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...uestion-s.html

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-01-2019, 05:53 PM
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If all your gaining is luggage, it's not a good deal. You can accomplish usable luggage for a few hundred bucks for the 650.
For instance I've seen stock luggage frames for a bit more than $100. there are many pelican like boxes for less than $100 each.
If the 650 isn't fast enough, maybe you need to downshift before accelerating?
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-03-2019, 07:34 AM
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I trust that you have already read https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...uestion-s.html (post #10). There are more to read, like: https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...ng-issues.html and https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...ng-issues.html
Not all suffer from these complaints, but once setup correctly the Gen 1 Vee is a great. The only thing to keep an eye out for, has been posted by blaustrom in post #4.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-03-2019, 11:40 AM
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From a practical standpoint, if you're happy with your Wee, it'd be easier to add luggage to a bike you've already set up for yourself.

The biggest, and most common, issue with the Vee has already been mentioned - magnets shifting. The fix is easy however.

With respect to gas gauge, the electric pump has been known to cause issue on some bikes. This is due to the integral filter that over time becomes clogged necessitating replacing with a new unit, or bypassing the stock filter and installing an aftermarket filter in the gas line external to the tank (Wee might (probably?) have the same set-up, so this might be something to deal with regardless). I've got over a 100K on mine, and haven't had an issue so I think it's more an issue of getting clean gas.

Since you're posting in the Vee forum though, I'd be remiss if I didn't say buy it; it's a great bike.

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