I was thinking about picking this crashed V-Strom DL 1000 up on Monday and was wanting to know from you guys familiar with this bike what questions I have not asked that I should and what you think I should watch out for. Any advise would be great. I am used to working on bikes and currently ride a KLR I just don't know anything about the Strom yet. I promise to start reading! Thanks! And Please don't any of you go get it while I am stuck at work this weekend!
Link: 2002 Suzuki V Strom / DL-1000 (damaged)
This is the e-mail correspondence I have had so far with the guy.
I am interested in the bike but would like to know what it will need to fix the crash damage and speed and type of crash it was involved with. The only thing I can see from the pics is the broken wheel and scratched plastics. How many miles? Is the engine and tranny operating OK? Has the bike been listed as totaled with DMV or insurance? Salvage title? Please give me more details.
An Olds Bravada jumped in front of me an hit the brakes which broke the wheel and the bike went down on concrete at about 50. The damage photos I provided are the worst stuff I can find on it. Broken front fender, scraped up pegs, bar ends and mirrors. Bag on that side kept the damage down and it evidently slid on only the left side and didn't flip. 28,000 miles and change. Not salvage title and not listed anywhere as totalled to the best of my knowledge. No damage to the engine from the crash, so it ran the last I checked it out, but that's been awhile and I haven't tried to start it since June. Too busy to mess with it. I intended to fix it over the winter, but I need the money for more pressing things and I will miss it.
How are the forks after the crash? And did you keep up with all the scheduled and preventive maintenance?
The forks appear to be fine. The left one has a slight rash at the lower end of the tube, like a pencil eraser used for the first time. All normal maintenance performed. New chain and sprockets last season. Regular oil changes with Mobil1. Almost new rear Avon on the rear and even newer Avon on the front. I've always kept it in my garage and covered it at work, and you can tell to look at it.
Based on the info you are providing would I be correct in saying that if we put a new front wheel on it it would be rideable and that all other damage is cosmetic?
You would have to be the final judge of it. As I mentioned, I haven't devoted a great deal of time going over the bike, but I'd say that your statement accurately reflects my personal assessment of the damage.
Thanks again guys!!! I am looking forward to a stable mate for my KLR