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post #1 of 6 Old 09-08-2010, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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About to be new owner... Help?!?!

Hi all. I'm fairly new around here and just starting to read thru all the great info here. I just made a deal to buy a like new 2006 DL1000 from a private owner. I think I got a decent deal, I picked it up for $5K and the bike only has just over 700 miles on it.

I'm going to get a shop near the guy to look at it for me before we finalize the deal. Is there anything specifically I should ask them to look at that are known issues with Vee's? Specifically anyone know if there were any recall items I should ask them to double check to ensure they were completed?

One thing is that it's bone stock, no bags or anything. I guess that's great in a way as it'll let me build it like I want. Just costs a little more to do it that way. Love to hear what mods y'all think I should do first? With luggage I'm thinking I'll look at Givi's, any preferred models or other manufacturers I should look at? I'm also thinking first up will be a fork brace.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-08-2010, 11:33 AM
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Welcome fellow Pennsylvanian!

I'd say that you got a very good deal. For an '06 there are no recalls that I'm aware of. But you will likely experience stumbling in the 3500-4000 rpm range due to the lean fuel mapping. As you'll see in other threads, this can be corrected by a Yosh box or PCIII.

Givi's are great for luggage, but there are many alternatives, for example Sears and JC Whitney sell an economical trunk that can be used for top and side boxes. Again, look around the site...all of your concerns have been addressed before. (BTW, the 'search' function is not all that helpful, just go back several pages in whatever forum you decide on).

The fork brace is also a very good investment.

To really wake the bike up, I changed my rear sprocket to 45 tooth (stock is 41). You get a lot more torque to make the twisties fun, but lose some fuel economy. You also lose accurate speedo/odo but that can easily be corrected with a SpeedoDRD ($80).

All in all, your new-to-you stock bike will beg you to mod it to your style of riding. Get some good miles on it and see what she needs.

Then enjoy the ride!

BTW...Plastics Guy, get to know how to remove the plastics (cowl, fairing, etc.) You'll need to do it for most routine maintenance. It's really easy once you get the hang of it. See if you can get a 'tech day' with other Strommers in your area.

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KBB Dealer retail $5,280. Trade-in $3,635, so splitting the difference an "average" private sale would be around $4,450. That would be with regular mileage so super-low mileage is worth some money.

It has probably been sitting a lot so expect to replace the battery.

These bikes are relatively trouble-free. The ones I've purchased I started, warmed up, shifted through the gears, checked both brakes, and did a few figure-8's. The dealer may pull out his wallet-vac on you, but if it can be used to negotiate the price, that's worthwhile.

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Love to hear what mods y'all think I should do first?
Well, you can't go wrong with Givi luggage and the fork brace. Ride it a bit and see how the windshield treats you, you might want to consider the Madstad adjustable bracket. I found the Wee to be a bit top heavy, so one of my first mods was a set of Motech crash bars, just in case of a garage faux pas. Otherwise, it's Katie Bar the Door. If you look back a ways, there was a "Favorite Farkles" post that will give you more ideas. Enjoy the new ride!

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post #5 of 6 Old 09-08-2010, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, I appreciate the welcomes and tips & advice.

Donstrom - Glad to know there are other PA folks around here.

I'm excited as this is my first bike in about 10 yrs. In fact I still need to make it to the DMV to get my permit hopefully Friday. I'm hoping to pick the bike up the following Friday and try to get signed up for one of the last fall rider safety courses to get my license. I'm glad that at least I'll be able to get in some beautiful fall rides before the snow flies and I have to put her up till spring.

Since I don't know if or when it last had an oil change I want to get that done. Are any of you running synthetic oil?
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There's an entire thread dedicated to oil (the BIG OIL thread), so I won't even touch that (but I do use Shell Rotella-T 5w-40 synth).

Good luck with the permit...it's always great to get back in the saddle. But keep in mind this is a pretty powerful, and top-heavy, bike. I don't know your past riding prowess, but the 1k deserves respect...at least until you know how to throttle her!

Whereabouts in central PA are you? I go to State College somewhat frequently to visit my 2 kids at PSU.

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