Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Canberra, Australia
Hi from Oz
Canberra (the capital....not that you'd know....). So I've had my 2014 1000 for around ten weeks now, enough time to get to know it and get to know the model via Strom forums (like Stromtrooper). It's been quite a 'ride' on the whole. I haven't had any big surprises, but some minor bugbears (ie things the seller didn't reveal to me) - headlight bulb had blown, forcing me to acquaint myself with instrument cluster pull a little before I would like, plus a little later finding the USB power outlet didn't work. Jury's still out on that one (why it doesn't), but has meant can't run gps which is annoying. Speedo - ridiculously optimistic.... I love the seat, love the pivot pegs, the givi panniers, the lowered pegs, the nice tall aftermarket screen, the handling, the brakes, the pull of the big motor and the sound of the Arrow exhaust. I've done the valve clearances, which was another learning curve, how to remove tank, cams etc, but came out ok.
Suspension.....sucks pretty much, so have sent off forks to Race Tech, as I ride dirt....often. Quite like the ABS offroad….hard to get to a complete stop sometimes, but you never lock the brakes up which is terrific. And traction control is terrific.
But have read about some funny bits - 'idle hammer' and clutch noise. Mine's not that loud at idle, but not great to hear about those. Some have ABS units fail, which cost $1400 to replace (!!), and really don't want any sensors to fail and have to work what the hell's going on. Air filter....new to paper....and taking half hour to access....
All in all, don't regret moving from the dr z to the big dl, for the extra range I get, but she's a very different creature in all ways. For some, they're reliable for decades....but not for all, which is a slight worry. How have others fared over time??