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post #11 of 16 Old 01-17-2019, 04:42 AM
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With you on this...Disregard the previous naysayer. My '03 DL1000 is going strong. Previous owner, up to 25k, took all the hits...Now it is singing pretty and I have a sweet ride under 30k after a year of riding it and lots of farkle and dependability.
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-17-2019, 08:28 AM
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I've never been on a gen2 V. But I can tell you my '12 V is a great bike if you want to mostly tour on an adv. bike. I bought it last year and and it took from MI to Newfoundland. It handled everything great. I've gone a couple of 500 mile days in comfort. I love the looks and sound of the dual pipes. I bought mine fully outfitted, in showroom condition, with 9,000 miles on the clock (19,000 after a year) for your stated $5,500. Riding two lane highways at 55 I often get over 50 mpg (depending on the wind). On the freeway I get a solid 42-46 (again, depending on the wind. It carries my 250 lbs. and full gear for either camping or moteling. It'll run all day at any speed you wish to go. It's longevity and reliability are legendary.

Like I said, I've never been on a V2, but the V1 is a damn good bike.



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post #13 of 16 Old 01-17-2019, 09:17 AM
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Let's be specific. The systemic problems with the 2002 to 2012 DL1000 include but may not be limited to the following. I can't remember everything but I'll bet people here can help.

Buffeting and limited windscreen options, 2002 and 2003 models only,

Need for after market windscreen , all V-Stroms except adventure models

Clutch basket issues, last time I checked it was a $400 or there abouts fix. Check with Terry at Werks Performance. See vendor forums here on Stromtrooper. If you are buying used and the bike has already had the work done you are good or the life of the bike.

Anything prior to 2012, but not including the 2012 will need the rear spacer fix. Works out to $35 + postage all done, See us, Adventuretech.

Throttle body sync. Many needed this done from the factory.

Stator. The stock stators lasted about 20K miles in many cases (not all), Better replacements are available.

Suggestion: Find a bike for sale by someone here on this forum who has done what has been needed for these bikes. In that case you will be getting a well sorted reliable bike.

I would not be hesitant to tour on a DL1000 with the known problems addressed. The bike is easiiy good for 200,000 miles with a member here having one with 400,000+ miles on an engine without anything but maintenance by the owners manual.

However, I agree with the comments that you should check out the DL650. It the has been well sorted out from the start. Many of us tour with this bike coast to coast. I rode mine from WA state to Malibu CA and back wit passenger, full luggage, pulling a trailer. See my avatar. The only problem was staying beneath the speed limit. That was true two up with full luggage across Montana and the Dakotas as well. Often finding myself creeping up to 100 mph.

On all Gen 1 V-Stroms standard upgrades include an aftermarket seat, taller windscreen, fork brace, mirror extenders, and a foot peg and control lowering kit. Many of these and more will already be on a used bike from someone here on this forum. Especially someone looking to move up to a newer DL1000.

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post #14 of 16 Old 01-17-2019, 11:46 AM
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Guys, he has $5500 CDN, That's just over 4K USD.

But that is also more than twice what I paid for my 2003 Vee last fall.

Any Vstrom you will be happy with. I have a 2003 with over 100,000 km and I don't have any regrets other than I wish it was more capable offroad. I have owned somewhere around 20 bikes in my riding life, the early Vee is a solid machine that is a great compromise of abilities.

I 100% agree with everyone saying get the newest bike you can, they get improvements with time and some are significant, particularly suspension. The 1000 has more power, but the 650 gets much much better mileage, and can easily hold it's own on the highway and twisties. Basically if it says VStrom, and it's in good condition and has been maintained, you won't be disappointed.
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post #15 of 16 Old 01-17-2019, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the great information. It will be really helpful moving forward this purchase. If anyones in Alberta Canada and wants to sell me a vstrom 1000 this spring, pm me.
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post #16 of 16 Old 01-20-2019, 11:25 PM
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Ride 650 first! Specially that your $5500 can get you 2012-2014 ABS model. My first V Strom was 1000 after that 9x650 (5xWee and 4xWee2). Never regretted my decision.
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