I was in the same position by last June. Lost out bidding on the only two DL650's I found. Answered an ad for
a K2 DL1000 in the north suburbs. OEM centerstand, new battery, new Michelin Pilots and 11k on the odometer.
Test rode it, loved it, gave $4500 and rode it home. My first 3 farkles were a Givi windscreen, Givi engine crash bars
and a JCW top box - goodbye another $300, but worth it. 20k on the odometer now!
DL's seem to be more scarce and to cost more here in the midwest. I spotted deals in NE, KS and TX for
hundreds less, but the costs of getting to them outweighed the lower prices. The average nationwide cost of
a K2 DL1000 is $4200 according to Motorcycle Consumer News, March 2009. That pretty much reflects the
asking $ I see on bikes currently offered here at Stromtroopers and at VSRI.
Jimding hit all the details on important maintenance considerations. The clutch chudder issue is one
of comfort and preference. It's not a reliability issue, IMHO. I changed the clutch basket and notice a
partial improvement. If you gas it hard from 2800-3800 rpm, the v-twin torque will still produce a
powerful, shaking pulse. For me, the extra horsepower compensates for any chudder issue. Get the rpm's
above 4000 and even hard acceleration is smoooooth.
If it's a Givi windscreen, add Laminar Ears to get good upper body coverage and reduce any buffeting: http://www.laminarlip.com/ears.htm
I like the layout, readability and function of the K2 DL instrument cluster.
If you like the bike you see and ride; if you trust the owner; and if you're ready at that $, I'd say go for it.
You have just enough time before the weather breaks to make changes to get the bike to fit YOU.