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post #1 of 8 Old 06-21-2017, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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2007 V1000 or 2015 Adventure 1000

Hello all,

I have been soaking up all the info I can while looking for bikes. I am an experienced rider with both dirt and street. I currently ride a DRZ400 SM with an extra set of dirt wheels and a WR450 for dirt only days. Looking to add a street bike and really like the upright seating position of the adventure bikes. Pretty much set on a V Strom 1000, I feel I may want more than the 650 can deliver.

So here in Northern California I have a few choices. A 2007 bike, original owner, 5k miles, center stand, sargent seat, bar risers, windscreen (not sure which one) and it comes in a really nice Blue color I love. Priced at $5,400

Then on the other end of the extreme is a 2014 Adventure bike in a nice black and silver, comes with the side cases, one owner, 4,500 miles, Yoshimura exhaust, factory exhaust also included. It is at a dealer so not sure if there are other add ons they might have missed.

So price wise $3k is in the budget but just wanted to reach out and see what others think. Not sure if the 2007 was a 'good or bad' year. The 2014 has ABS, that seems like a big plus, also the stock luggage is a plus, I do not need it now but hope to make some multi day trips in the future. The exhaust is a plus, unless it is loud, I like reasonably quiet bikes, and it does have stock exhaust, sure the Yosh is worth a few bucks used.

The other must haves on my list, some I can just add,
fork brace
upgraded seat
center stand
bar risers or fat bar upgrade
12 volt outlet
phone/gps mount
crash bars
possibly performance mods, but need to ride it first to see if I can 'scare' myself with the stock bike... JK

I love the blue but the black is just fine. There is another 2007 with a ton of options but it is the burgundy red, a deal breaker for me. The crash bars and side bags plus exhaust easily add $1k to price difference.

Any comments/advice is appreciated

Mike
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-28-2017, 05:35 PM
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Hi, I just purchased by third Vstrom. I had the 2007, a 2012, and now the 2018 (that's what the dealer calls it).
I have really enjoyed all three bikes. Modest changes until now. I rarely ride in town, but have taken many multi-day trips on all the bikes. I added bar risers (up an inch, back an inch), crash bars, and heated grips. Great bikes. Bill
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The other must haves on my list, some I can just add,
fork brace
upgraded seat
center stand
bar risers or fat bar upgrade
12 volt outlet
phone/gps mount
crash bars
possibly performance mods, but need to ride it first to see if I can 'scare' myself with the stock bike... JK
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The items above are already included with the 2014 Adventure (the fork brace is not needed, the others are original equipment). I have the 2104 adventure and have also added a center stand and will take delivery of an upgraded seat in a couple of days. The bar risers and GPS/phone mount are cheap and easy, although the bar risers have been limited due to the barely long enough brake and clutch hydraulic lines. I really like the bike. It does very well, but I haven't ridden the 2007 for comparison. I have read other posters mention that the 2014 has better brakes, different geometry that some like and other not as much, ABS (but no easy way to switch it off), and the engine was tuned to produce peak torque at a lower RPM - good for touring. I can't confirm or deny any of this third party info, but searching should reveal the majority of it easily enough.

The 2014 isn't without its issues though... There was a recall for some electrical fixes. My bike was a leftover and hadn't ever seen adverse weather, so for me it more of a preventative measure. Another notable issue that some have and others (probably the majority) don't is that it tends to run lean, especially near idle. Some have experienced trouble with back firing and stalling. Ultimately the fix has been to replace the ECM with the updated part #. Some have had success convincing Suzuki to pay for it as a safety liability. I have yet to experience the full blown symptoms so it hasn't been a problem for me. Knocking on wood...
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Do you know the person selling the 2007? 5k miles is very low for a 10yr old bike that isn't a trailer queen or show piece. I'd be curious of it's upkeep.
For me it's all about how long you plan to keep it. Say for example you sell in 3 years and hypothetically the $5k bike goes for $2k and the $8k bike goes for $5k you didn't really save any money as it's the same either way. I try to not just look at the outright cost not assuming the recoup
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The 2014-16 Vee is a much improved machine suspension, display panel, and brake-wise. Traction control and ABS are awesome additions that definitely boost value as well. Play hardball with that dealer and I bet you can get that price down...
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Do you know the person selling the 2007? 5k miles is very low for a 10yr old bike that isn't a trailer queen or show piece. I'd be curious of it's upkeep.
Some people just don't put on that many miles, but that would be in the back of my mind as well.. Wonder if it's been "parked" for a few years.

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2007 is definitely overpriced considered even the low mileage. Used to have 2008 few years ago but after riding and buying 650 I never looked back. 2014 is much improved bike (ABS and a lot more). go for it.
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Thanks for all the replies.

I bought the 2014 and really like it. The seller tossed in some brand new MX zip off pants/gloves/jersey, a nice pair of street gloves and a decent GPS with mount. Feel I got a great deal. 2nd owner rode it exactly 115 miles (could tell my DMV paperwork) Have yet to put anything more than an around town drive on it but will take a longer trip next week. I am now acquainted with the loud clutch basket noise (have had two experienced people listen and say it is OK) and have yet to feel any of the other reported issues, jerky throttle, clutch chudder or idle hammer.

Hoping to keep mods minimal and enjoy the bike as it is.....well maybe a top box to go with the side bags!

Mike

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