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post #1 of 23 Old 09-07-2014, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at a 2006 1000. Have questions....

Bike is a 2006 with 49000 miles. Doesn't appear to have been crashed or have gone down at all. The seat is torn (probably from sliding a boot over). The engine has some oil seepage as it's kinda most from what I can see. It seems to ride ok, but stalled several times when I pulled in the clutch. asking price is 3500. Has trunk, but no side bags. What should be replaced and what to look out for? Thanks everybody. Jason
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Where's the oil seeping from? The only "normal" oil seepage on a DL1000 is from the large timing plug on the left side, and this is very minor -- you only see it after several hundred miles.


The stalling is almost certainly the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) -- this goes bad on every Vee somewhere around 40,000 - 60,000 miles or so, and causes the bike to stall at idle. It's about $80 for a new one and a couple of hours to install and calibrate.


$3,500 seems rather high for a bike with a known running problem and only a trunk.

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Make sure the idle speed is 1200 RPM minimum, if that does not help with the stalling "then" look at the TPS as being a possible issue. That is not high mileage so don't sweat that, and yes we need to figure out where the leak is coming from, I am betting under the front slave cylinder or the timing plug which was mentioned. Things like chain and sprocket wear you will have to determine or when was last done, just use good common sense and ask questions and demand proof of maintenance.

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How many previous owners ... or, does it have an entire history of maintenance?

Have any suspension mods been performed -- for instance, to raise or lower, stiffen, or soften? How does your weight compare with that of the current owner, or whomever any suspension changes were made?

Clutch basket problems/repaired?

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I'm working with a buddy of mine on this. The bike belongs to his father in law. I haven't spoken to the owner, just my buddy so info might not be accurate. One owner bike. He tells me dealership has done all maintenance on the bike. The oil seepage seems to be coming from the top of both heads. Both sides of top of motor seems fairly moist. I rode the bike for a few minutes and didn't notice any clutch issues. What should I be looking for there? What's the common issues for this year millage? The bike appears to be bone stock. The price seems fairly good when comparing other bikes on craigslist. Thanks for the quick response guys. Jason
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I'm working with a buddy of mine on this. The bike belongs to his father in law. I haven't spoken to the owner, just my buddy so info might not be accurate. One owner bike. He tells me dealership has done all maintenance on the bike. The oil seepage seems to be coming from the top of both heads. Both sides of top of motor seems fairly moist. I rode the bike for a few minutes and didn't notice any clutch issues. What should I be looking for there? What's the common issues for this year and mileage? The bike appears to be bone stock. The price seems fairly good when comparing other bikes on craigslist. Thanks for the quick response guys. Jason
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Oops.... Sorry for the double post.

Also, do these bikes normally lean over really far on the side stand? This bike feels like it's about to fall over when I got off it. Jason
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It sounds like it may need some new head gaskets then. Not a huge expense, but i would deduct it from the offered price. It is also possible the dealer scratched the gasket aluminum at some point, which would be a costly mistake. You may want to let someone do an inspection of the bike before you buy it.

I would guess the bike was lowered before you looked at it and they corrected the side stand to match. Now it's back to full height and the side stand is too short? Ask the PO if he still has the lowering links? A new side stand may be needed or have an extension welded on, assuming you do not want to lower it again.

The stalling thing could be corrected with a Power Commander 3 or PC5, unless it is just the idle speed or TPS.
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Unless you desperately need the bike yesterday, move on look for another one. For that money, it should be fill tank and go. After years of buying stuff with the intention of fixing this or getting to that problem later, its not really worth it. Why fix something you just bought. Maybe I'm showing my age. Lol. Unless of course you like to tinker?
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The problems are fixable, but not "normal". It may have been in the hands of a potentially incompetent mechanic and will need some work from someone who knows what they're doing.

I would suspect leaking valve cover gaskets (relatively easy) before head gaskets (hard). However, if whoever monkeyed with the valve covers last was incapable of correctly reinstalling valve cover gaskets on a Vee (pretty darn easy, really) no telling what else got messed up. You need to nail this down for sure before proceeding.

The lean could be from a stock height Vee with upgraded suspension, so that could be good -- when the rear end isn't sagging pitifully under its own weight, a stock height Vee will lean over WAY too far.

Or it could be that the sidestand was modifed as outlined above. You really need to figure out which before jumping in.

$3,500 is in the ballpark for a bike in great shape with no issues and a decent amount of farkles. What you describe is a possibly $1,200 bike, mostly thanks to the mysterious oil leaks.

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