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A little background: The V-Strom has been on my want list since I started riding around 10 years ago. I'm a biggish fellow (6'3", 280lb) and I really feel that a Wee isn't going to cut it for me. My brain says Wee would be fine, but my heart says I'm going to miss the power. Current ride is an '84 Yamaha FJ1100 - only 80k km but y'know, 30 years. My wife doesn't ride with me often, but she is, um, not petite. So the Wee is out. The other bike on my wish list would an FJR1300. However, affordable FJRs and VStroms are scarce around here. So this is what I'm going to look at tomorrow night:

2004 V-Strom 1000
70500km (44k miles)
$3995 CAD (~$3250 USD)
Full 3 pc color matched luggage set, Givi adjustable tall touring windshield, Givi engine guards, Oxford heated grips, and Two Brothers carbon fiber dual exhaust.

The luggage is a must, the windshield is a plus, the engine guards - better to have than have not, right? The heated grips I'll probably come to love, and the exhaust - well I don't believe that loud pipes save lives but I have to admit that these have a certain... presence.



Appreciate any thoughts & comments - if it seems a reasonable deal, are there any problems in particular that I should keep an eye out for?
 

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I would buy it in a heart beat, so long as the maintenance was kept up with and there was documentation. Nobody likes to buy a bike then have to start turning wrenches. I dropped $4k US on an 02 DL1000 that has 21K, 3 new Givi cases, Center stand, and some other minor farkles that I can't remember right now. This was a month or so ago and I don't regret it because a lot of maintenance was done to it. Brake pads, oil/filter, radiator flush/refill, some emissions synch? and the tires have less than 500 miles on em, same with the chain. It was all documented and the guy even threw in the expensive service manual and some bits and pieces he thought he would replace but didn't have to.

Let us know if ya pick her up! and of course, pics!
 

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I agree with the others. You have similar history, I had an 87 FJ1200 that I miss. I missed the liter bike torque so picked up an 08 Vee, 39,000 miles, one owner (taken care of seems) $4300. An FJR was also on my radar but I wanted to do more dirt roads.
If everything looks in order I would say go for it. I found several hundred miles after getting mine that it had a fuel leak that was intermittent. The PO seemed to have a dealership do everything so I am thinking this leak was why at 39k he got out of it. Ended up being an easy fix of an OEM clamp leaking.
 

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Sounds like a decent deal, and while I agree with your comment about loud pipes, at over 50 MPH I can't hear anything but the wind and motor whirring. I'm probably going to get the simple aluminum Two Bros setup here before too long (wish there was a simple way to convert to a single pipe for weight savings). Check with the PO to see if it has been checked for the ECM recall /reprogram, or if maybe he has a power commander on it.

One real important thing to check and be aware of is if the bike has the clutch Chudder. Some guys choose to ignore it (I have no idea how they possibly can). If you ride it and there is a terrible vibration around 2700 RPM to 4200 RPM in second gear or higher then it has it. Mine had it bad, and the clutch basket had already been changed at some point in it's past. If I had not read about it in the forums previously it would have been a deal killer and I basically parked the bike after buying it and riding it a couple of times until I fixed it. Read up on the Werks clutch basket thread if you'd like to know more. All said I have no regrets now on my 2002 DL1000 at 51K @ 1900 USD. I gussied mine up with a Madstaad screen, some new Shinko 705's (noisy buggers at 60 MPH), and a few other little farkles that I am still working on. I've been using it to commute about 100 miles a day so today was it's maiden voyage run today with a little 250 mile round trip for a meet, greet, and eat/ride and I'm real pleased with how it rode and performed. It's got a lot of power up top so when you want to go faster you definitely can but if you want you can ride it like a farm tractor in 6th gear pretty much all day long around the roads we have in North Texas (especially with the modified clutch basket). Hope that helps a little.

Also check with the PO in regards to if he is losing any clutch fluid over time. Not a huge issue per say, just means you'll need to look at replacing the pushrod seals (sorry if I didn't use the right terminology everyone) when you get around to cleaning or changing out the chain if you want to fix it. Your's may not quite have those issues, but mine's got some miles on her and aside from just a little TLC runs like an absolute beast.
 
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