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post #1 of 8 Old 08-04-2006, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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year changes dl1000

sold a bike to buy the dl1000 and i'm looking for info on which year to buy.
what changes were made, mechanically ie. clutches, travel and such from 2002 to the present? is one year more preferred than another? any help is greatly appreciated. thanks much
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i'm not that familiar with the changes through the years, but i don't believe there have been major changes of any kind. although (and someone will need to clarify the specific years) some of the early models had some kind of clutch basket issues. through 2003, perhaps?

if i were purchasing used, i'd go with a yeller 03. if i were purchasing new, i'd get a silver/grey/whatever 06. as it is, i'm partial to the black 05s.
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The Yellow Stroms (03) were the best/fastest ever!

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-05-2006, 08:53 PM
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Don't I remember the 02 DL1000 as being Cycle Worlds Bike of the Year ? 8)

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Copied from another forum, credit where credit is due.

2002 (K2)Problematic clutch basket, some replaced under warranty & some replaced by owner. Lean FI issue.

2003 (K3) Added fork preload adjusters. Alternator output increased to 400 watts. Clutch Slave cylinder dust cover on later production models. Clutch still a problem on early year production models. Lean FI issue continues. The K3 probably ran the best of all and had the least running complaints. Only year for the Yellow color (stateside), second year in Europe.

2004 (K4) Redesigned instrument cluster. Upgrade 16 bit to 32 bit ECU and changed a couple sensors. Different turn signals, 20 watt vice earlier 10 watt. New ones are dimmer because of no reflector. Belly pan redesign for tighter fit to the engine case. Stronger hand guards that attach to end of handlebar. New adjustable windscreen design. Left handlebar switch incorporates flash-to-pass & emergency blinkers (EU models had this from the start). Less deflection in new handlebars. Mirrors changed resulting in less broken mirror complaints. But the little plastic hinge covers started breaking. Clutch problems gone. Lean Fi issue may be a bit worst. Sister model KLV1000 launched in Europe.

2005 (K5) Black frame (Silver before) & Black rear frame covers (fairing color before). New quiet clutch cover. Headlight interrupt when starting. Lean FI issue continues.

2006 (K6) Seems that most of the FI issues appear to have been fixed.

2007 (K7) Wish list: ABS option. Front end & windscreen redesign. Larger alternator output.

DL1000 K02
Y7H = Blue (Dark Space Blue Met.) (US)
YU8 = Dark Silver (Flint Gray Met) (US)
YU9 = Yellow (Pearl Orpiment Yellow)

DL1000 K03
YBA = Blue (Suzuki Deep No.2)
YD8 = Silver (Sonic Silver Met.) (US)
YU9 = Yellow (Pearl Orpiment Yellow) (US)

DL1000 K04
YBA = Blue (Suzuki Deep No.2) (US)
YD8 = Silver (Sonic Silver Met.) (US)
YAY = Black (Pearl Nebular Black)

DL1000 K05
YBA = Blue (Suzuki Deep No.2) (US)
YD8 = Silver (Sonic Silver Met.)
YAY = Black (Pearl Nebular Black) (US)

DL1000 K06
YHG = Dark Silver-Grey (Mat Oort Gray) (US)
YHL = Red (Candy Sonoma Red) (US)
YAY = Black (Pearl Nebular Black)

KLV1000 (Kawasaki)
470 = Orange (Pearl Blazing Orange)
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-06-2006, 09:51 AM
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Well, there are lots of deals on the DL1000 lately.

You might want to check some dealers in your area. I have seen prices of $7699, $7599 and one of $7299.

Remember, the more you save on purchase price, the more you have available for "farkling"!
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-11-2006, 01:14 AM
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Are the wheels the same on all years? Interchangeable?


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