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post #1 of 10 Old 05-01-2014, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on buying 2005 V-Strom 1000

Private seller, has just under 20K mi, new front tire, new chain & sprockets, new Givi screen, used Cortec soft side & rear bags, but no center stand or engine guards or pannier mounts. no accidents & clear title. I see them on ebay in the $5k to $6k range for sale but not sold.

I had a V-strom 650 for a year or so and it seemed pretty fast for the small engine size.
  • Maybe the 1000 is too much power?
  • Is $4K a good price?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-01-2014, 02:01 PM
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I'd say you could get it for 3500....cash speaks...LOUDLY!!!


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What you pay is up to you...you are the one who will either smile or cry whenever you think about how much it cost you. Each person is different.

I looked for weeks upon weeks at 650's and 1000's. In the end, I took the 650. It's much faster than any of my Harley's, it gets much better mileage than the 1000, it has less reported problems/issues that I could find, and my 2007 comes with ABS which has saved me in the past and the 1000 does not unless you get into a much newer one.

Obviously the 1000 will have more power. However, test ride both some how. My 650 takes off like a bat out of hell, and it is fun to ride. I found I didn't need the "power" of a 1000...because the 650 was already faster than the size 1584 engine of the Ultra Classic that now sits in my garage. Numbers are very subjective...a higher assigned value does not always equal more, better, or stonger power.

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I rode the 650 and hated it. Rode the 1000 and bought it. Love the extra power ... and really not that much extra power. Taller seat on the 1000. '05 is 2nd Generation so there's still LOTS of accessories available. As above, see if you can get it for less for cash, but I dont think $4k is out of line.

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I'd say you could get it for 3500....cash speaks...LOUDLY!!!

Already - 2x - but he's not budging - yet. I'd get in a minute for $3.5k. The $4k is just outa my reach today!

I was reading on another forum posted in 2006 and new 2005 DL1000 were in the $8k range. the 2014s are now what - close to $12k!!!
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I would say $3500 is the market depending on condition and options. Without hard bags I would stay at $3500 personally.

Last year I paid $3700 for a 2006 DL1000 with 26K on on it. It was the ADV model with the OEM hard bags, center stand and a gel seat. I would look for one well farkled if you can.

I would want to see a power commander also or some kind of fuel mapping, the bikes run way lean and needs tweaking to run right. Mine came with exhaust, new chain and sprockets, fresh brake pads, PCIII, two seats, new Tourance EXP tires etc.

Right off the bat, it needed fork seals and the little cross over fuel rail hose. Of course it never had a valve check, the exhaust valves were tight. So, unless it comes with detailed records of maintenance I would do a full service. Fork oil, valve check, TB sync, check all the rubber lines, look for sweating fuel lines, lube the brake pins, new fluid and flush the fluid for the clutch also. Might want to flow test the fuel pump also so you know the HP fuel filter condition. I would also clean and lube the starter switch, add a head light relay or HID kit.

So, factor in those cost if the bike hasn't been maintained with records. Some have good owners, but many more only change the engine oil and wash the outside if that.

If you test ride one you will probably notice the clutch engagement is way off the grip, the ones I looked at engaged way out there at the very end of the travel. If you find one like that, its easy to shorten the little push rod at the lever and cut the clutch lever travel down to a more normal position. My other bikes were less than an 1" till you hit the friction zone so getting on the DL1000 felt really weird especially off road where you need to work the clutch. Makes U-turns much easier when the clutch actually has a zone.

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The new Vee2 is a bargain for what you get, and an entirely new bike. The 2005 1000 had the worst fueling issues "trust me" so if you bought it a PCV or the ECM getting replaced under the tech bulletin is likely needed. And 3.5K is the MAX I would spend on a 2005, regardless of what farkles are on it.

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The new Vee2 is a bargain for what you get, and an entirely new bike. The 2005 1000 had the worst fueling issues "trust me" so if you bought it a PCV or the ECM getting replaced under the tech bulletin is likely needed. And 3.5K is the MAX I would spend on a 2005, regardless of what farkles are on it.
I upped it to $3,650 and he still at $4,000. So guess its a no-go for me. I'll keep shopping. Thanks for input so far here.
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I upped it to $3,650 and he still at $4,000. So guess its a no-go for me. I'll keep shopping. Thanks for input so far here.

He obviously does not want to sell it, or he is waiting for a sucker. Why not look at buying another 650 again, I see plenty for sale.

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Late to the party, but 2005 was the bad year for the ECM in the DL1000, if I'm remembering correctly. Mine was on '05 and had severe fueling problems.
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