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.
Last edited by richlandrick; 01-17-2019 at 09:24 AM.