I am the original owner of a rarely ridden '02 DL1000. The huge negative for me on this bike has been the windshield agony, horrid buffet specifically. Being an "early adopter" as the marketing types say, I did the whole Suzuki tall, Velcroed on taller and wider, Cee Baily, laminar lips, etc.
Better, but still sucked - literally.
Each spring I'd poke at this fine forum and see what, is anything was to be done. I'd even been tempted to spend the $$ to upgrade my hardware to 04 to break the vacuum hassle.
This spring whilst lurking about I spotted a reference to MadStad. Poking around their www a pic of a new system of theirs that would work on an early Vstrom. No price or BuyNow enabled.
Long story short, after lots of friendly emails (they wanted to be sure they had it right) I received this past week a MadStad system for my '02.
He uses a black aluminium plate where the stock buffet creator (windshield) would go. Mounts his clever brackets to that, new screen to those.
Unit went on without a hitch.
All buffet is gone, like the memory of a tooth ache.
I'm messing with the adjustments now, but at 6'3" his stock height will be more then enough.
If you have an early DL, there is no better mod you could do.
Thanks much to all you frequent posters on this site.
V-Strom (2002-2003) DL1000