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post #1 of 12 Old 08-06-2014, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a high mileage V-strom?

Hi all,
I am considering buying an 02 V-strom available near me; it's $2k, 50k miles, pictures look very good, owner says it runs fine.

I have researched a bit on v-stroms, and have found a detailed list of the model year differences (which makes it sound like these got alot better in 06), and as many opinions as I can stand, and it mostly sounds good with a couple known issues that are fixable. I am looking for your thoughts specifically on buying such a high mileage bike.

So in an attempt to not appear like a total noob to the interwebs, here's some background on me and what I'm looking for:

I currently ride a 92 Yamaha XJ600, have had it for about 6 years and have done lots of maintenance and mods including putting an R1 front end on it, which I think looks and feels way better and a complete engine teardown this last winter (here's my build thread) I have put probably 12k miles on it so far and I am planning on keeping it forever. I am a mechanical engineer professionally and enjoy tinkering and I do all my own maintenance, though as I get older I find that I don't want to prioritize as much of my time to working on bikes/cars as I have in the past.

I would like a second bike that is better for touring and adventure (can mount hard bags, better for 2-up, a bit more horsepower, etc. but still capable of mild off-road/dirt roads/washout etc.). The v-strom seems to fulfill this criteria very well and at a reasonable price point

FI is a big want, ABS is another want, though I know that didn't come to the DL's until 07, and reliability is very important to me. If the 50k bike is just going to be a maintenance and repair basketcase, then I don't want that, but to be honest, I just don't have much experience with high mileage on motorcycles rather than cars.

I'm also a cheap skate, so I can't justify spending alot of money on something I want but don't need. Really the price on this one is what has me seriously considering it right now.

Thanks for reading and opining! Sorry if this is a super typical noob post and you hate it. I have looked for this info as much as I can in existing threads, but I haven't really found much on the high mileage, so sorry if I have missed some existing posts answering my questions.
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50k is not high mileage for a Vstrom.

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I rode with a fellow this last weekend and the NEVA who had 150K miles on his bike without nary a problem, not even a stator.

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Dang guys, 15 minutes and already 2 responses? I like this forum. Thanks and keep it coming!
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Hi all, I am considering buying an 02 V-strom...
I believe its being an '02 means it's a 1000 (Vee). Correct?

If so, 50K miles is nothing if it's been well maintained. There's a report here (Wera___) of a 300,000+ mile Vee. Heck, might even be an '02, and it's served him well.

2007 Wee. Blue. Bought at 5K miles. Sold at 32K+ miles. Gone but not forgotten.

2012 Wee2 Adventure. Black. Bought at 26K miles. Now 44K+. Love it!

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Yeah, DL1000. It actually includes a new custom seat (looks like a corbin), tail and saddle bags (hard cases) and engine guards. Looks like a pretty good deal to me. I am going to go take a look at it if it is still available.
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Well guys, I bought it this morning. Everything on it is decently worn, but that's to be expected with 50k I suppose. It seems to run pretty well. PO said that twice it has misfired and stalled on him while cruising at 4k rpms, but then fired up again after pulling over. He suspected a clogged FI, and had it go away after putting some techron through it. I commuted on it this afternoon and it backfired on me (I think it backfiring, loud bang for sure) twice within a few seconds, but then not again the rest of my 40 mile commute.

I will need to clean it up, probably paint some of the engine parts as the finish is flaking off, then a bit of rust to deal with on the engine guards and a few other minor places.

The PO seemed like a good guy, was pretty up front about any problems, and I think I got a very good deal at $2k.

It included some key extras:
Givi hard cases and tail case
new tires
engine guards with highway pegs.
he even threw in his chinese ruggedized GPS with handlebar mount.

Anyway, here are a couple pics of it in my work's parking lot with the bags off. I'll take more soon and post up an official introduction.

Thanks for the advice guys, I'm looking forward to getting out and riding!



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I like the EFI models, my 2009 has 164,000 kms on it.... completely failure free till the stator went at 97K pretty much the same since, with the exception of the fuel filter bypass and installation of a switched Headlight relay...


BTW ..yours looks better than my K9 except for the colour...

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Great deal for only $2K. Good luck with it.
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Yeah. Sure looks OK to me. I'd have bought it if I was looking for one - especially in that price range.

Yep, good luck.

2007 Wee. Blue. Bought at 5K miles. Sold at 32K+ miles. Gone but not forgotten.

2012 Wee2 Adventure. Black. Bought at 26K miles. Now 44K+. Love it!
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