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post #1 of 5 Old 05-21-2008, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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02 DL1000 8300 Miles $3750 Good Deal?

Side bags and top case included. I have a coworker that bought an 02 V-Strom with 8300 miles from another coworker last year. He still doesn't have his motorcycle driver's license and wants to sell the bike now. It's been mostly sitting around for the last year with a battery tender. It starts and seems to run just fine. I can't ride it because he canceled his insurance policy and mine doesn't cover me if he doesn't have a policy at all, but I know the previous owner who was the original owner and everything seems to be on the up and up. Anything in particular I should be looking out for? I have a 97 Bandit 1200 now and it's served me well but after 30000 miles I am looking to upgrade. I've been going through threads but all I can gather right now is that the windscreens suck, it seems a bit more difficult to replace an 02 windscreen and extra power for aux lights is very limited.

The things I love about the Bandit is the low end torque, I never have to downshift. How does the torque and horsepower compare to the V-Strom? I am looking forward to having side cases again like on my old BMW.


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post #2 of 5 Old 05-22-2008, 12:27 AM
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See if you can get 2 @ that price!!! Ride it and you will be spoiled forever...

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I forgot to ask something else. Anyone know offhand what the load capacity is? At 320 and at 6 foot 2 probably I will probably need at least a new windscreen. I won't tell you how much my wife weighs because she'd be very upset, but between the two of us we are in the low 500's, plus gear. It was barely within specs on my Bandit and I bottomed out the suspension on almost every bump so I never felt comfortable and avoided the two up. Is the V-Strom any more weight liberal and if not, what would be a good aftermarket shock that can handle more weight?


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You need to check the GVWR of the bike and not go over it.

HD's, GW's and BMW touring bikes are typically around 480 lbs of total additional weight.

The DL1000 GVWR is 965. 468 is dry weight. add another 100 lbs for fuel, radiator fluid and oil leave about 400 lbs of passengers/clothing and luggage.

sounds like you may be precariously at or over the edge of that maximum!

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Good price

Assuming the bike was taken care of, that is probably a darn good price. But given your weight requirement, you're probably going to want something like a Goldwing for two-up riding. Maybe your wife an get her own Vee instead?
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