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post #1 of 15 Old 07-01-2019, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Considering buying a 14 V Strom 1000

Greetings all. I used to own a 2012 Wee storm but sold it for a Harley. I miss the bike , and am looking at a couple of 14 1000ís. Both have around 15,000 miles on them and are in great shape. Any major issues on that year/model that I should look out for? BTW, Harley Ultra Limited is for sale...too big and bulky for me! Thanks in advance for any advice.
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-01-2019, 07:32 PM
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I purchased my '14 1000 new. 40,000 miles and 5 years later, and I still love this bike!

Make sure the two major recalls were done- ecu unit and wiring harness. I have not had much luck getting more than 4-5,000 miles on the rear tire. Remember, this bike has some pretty good power, and I do not mind using the throttle. Other than that, all is good.
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2014 had some good color offerings, khaki and red, that I donít think were offered in any other of the V2 years.
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Other than the recalls there are no year specific issues with the second generation 1000.

At 15 k they should have had the vales checked. Ask if it was done and what the readings were and if any shims were replaced.

Compared to the 650 the 1000 engine is not as sweet. You get used to it and now coming from a Harley maybe not an issue.

Brakes and suspension are significantly better than the 650.

I added a booster plug and it made the engine significantly nicer, tractable down to 2k (without even at 3k the engine feels as if it's not real happy but will pull well).
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I just sold my 2012 650 and bought a nice barely used 1000.
Do it, they are really nice bikes.
I had an 07 1000, totalled it. 08 650, sold it, 12 650, sold, love the 1000, better brakes, suspension, more power, better all around.
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Thanks for the input !
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Be prepared for hammer knock. It is prone to clutch rattle as well. The ecu I believe was called a complimentary recall not an official recall. In my area Suzuki service sucks so hopefully you fare better. The bike itself handles like a sports bike. Itís under powered for my liking but still loads of fun.
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Be prepared for hammer knock. It is prone to clutch rattle as well. The ecu I believe was called a complimentary recall not an official recall. In my area Suzuki service sucks so hopefully you fare better. The bike itself handles like a sports bike. Itís under powered for my liking but still loads of fun.
Pretty much what fig said, but the power is more than enough for me.. Bike-wise, it's probably middle of the road as far as power goes, but at 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and 1/4 mile in the 11.6 seconds, it's no slouch. https://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/t...motorcycles/2/

If you're looking for something that runs like a Swiss watch, then best go out and get a Swiss watch. I think any bike will have weak areas and compromises. Aside from the idle hammer/rattle, it may take some experimenting to get the wind management right. I knew all of this before I purchased my V2, and I will say I am happy with my purchase. The idle hammer shouldn't be a concern, and wind management (in my case anyway) is now where I want it. The bike starts every time, and it's not overly complicated. The best part is, the aftermarket give alot of farkling opportunities. I think if there is one thing I could change, it would be the 91 octane requirement. For my riding, it's not much extra per year (maybe an extra $50 over regular unleaded), but I just don't like being limited like that.

I started out with a 2006 DL650, went to a CTX1300 with the silky smooth V4, then back to the Stom with the V2. Never regretted it.

Good luck on whatever you decide
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I purchased my '14 1000 new. 40,000 miles and 5 years later, and I still love this bike!

Make sure the two major recalls were done- ecu unit and wiring harness. I have not had much luck getting more than 4-5,000 miles on the rear tire. Remember, this bike has some pretty good power, and I do not mind using the throttle. Other than that, all is good.
that's because of all the wheelies, power slides and burn outs you do

The bikes are pretty much bullet proof, the only thing I'd do is change all of the fluids (brake, clutch, coolant, oil) and check the front brake pads. They may be getting near replacement at 15k. The slave cylinder/front sprocket area is likely in need of a good cleaning, the gunk from the chain lube collects in there and makes a mess that can cause clutch/shifting issues. It's a free fix, just takes about 45 minutes.

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I have really been enjoying my (new) 2014. Still a few my farkles to add for some serious touring. 15 K service coming up soon.
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