hey from central illinois
A long introductory note…..
In mid August I purchased a used 2018 dl1000 with 1200 miles for a song. It now has ~6000miles - yes I have been having a good time.....in addition to the Gateway BMW rally in Potosi, campouts, & extended club rides, a fellow Springfield Miler & I did a tour of Mississippi Blues museums, bars, & jook joints. I offer some background & a few observations.
1998 Ducati ST2 (great bike, heavily modified & should not have let it go)
2002 Ducati ST4s (the one that tried to kill me)
2002 BMW r1150gs (loved that bike. I sold it before i went to the UK, but regretted doing so.)
2008 Vstrom 650 (a bulletproof ride I owned in the UK. It bored me to tears, but the abundance of speed cameras might have played a role...)
2008 KLR650 (a finances forced tractor purchase I never bonded with)
This V is quicker than the ST2 & the GS (big jesses didn't help). Although it doesn’t track like the Ducatis, it is very nimble, stable, & predictable in the twisties. Obviously it doesn’t have the pull your arms off acceleration of the ST4s, but this is a good thing for this old man. The GS really did well also, but imho the V gives more feedback than the telalever front GS (even with ohlins front&back). Nothing can match the full ohlins on the ST4s. The V seems less top heavy than the GS – it is certainly lighter overall. At triple digits with no wind the V feels as stable as the GS but not as much as the Ducatis. With wind the V front seems to get lighter & the bike moves a bit, but nothing worrisome. The V ABS is on par with the GS in straightline application. I haven’t done enough trail braking to evaluate its performance in a turn. The stock windscreen works fine for me – no buffeting or excess wind noise. The traction control does seem to make the engine more snappy at lower revs. I have yet to play with adjusting the suspension (which seems near spot-on for my 5’9” 195 body).
- I hate the grippy seat, but will likely adapt. It is a bit hard, but after 200 miles it is time to fuel up. I wish this had a 2 piece seat like the GS (& the 2020 vstrom) so I could remove the passenger piece & use the space for a small utility box.
- Heat from exhaust pipe near can is noticeable tooling around town. I will likely fashion a bigger heat shield unless someone knows of a heat shield to fit around & over the exhaust valve.
- Low speed throttle response is snappy, but manageable.
- Handlebars need a bit more back angle, but this too is manageable.
- Heated grips should be standard.
- Overall, I like the aesthetics, but the poor color coordination really detracts from its visual appearance. It looks like someone was designing a transformer….. A silver grab rail on a black framed bike just looks bad. The grey tank plastic doesn’t go well w/ the black piece at the sides of the radiator. Eventually I will likely “murder” the tank, rail, & plastic bits….
It is a great bike for me. Arguably a better bike than my old GS - certainly a better bargain. It gives me grins i haven't had since riding my Ducatis. For a big bike it is very nimble at low speeds, quick enough, will cruise at high speeds all day, & is great fun in the twisties. I do not do much off-roading - gravel/forest service roads is about it....We’ll see about more serious off-roading this spring…..
Mods & additions so far:
- Kappa 46l top box
- Givi tank lock tank bag
- Giant Loop Possibles bags
- Heed crash bars
- Happy Trails skid plate (mounting to the Heed bars required ditching the right billet mount, using a u-bolt, & took some bending of the HT plate)
- Windscreen & heel guard painted black
- Vstrom stickers removed
Items to be installed in the next couple of weeks:
- Led combo lights
- Danmoto titanium GP exhaust (It was cheap in comparison to other cans, but will likely be too loud, so i ordered the baffle as well.)
- Led turn signal bulbs
Intro pics: One pic is from our fall Springfield Miler campout. The other is from last weekend's removal of & working on a fellow Miler's 1150gs engine - a tension guide went out at 150k (In typical BMW fashion, cracking the engine case required more than a few socket sizes - 4 if I remember correctly).
Any members near Springfield IL?