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post #1 of 15 Old 07-21-2011, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Biggest problems the Vee faces

First post! Well I'm in the market again for a used motorcycle. I currently ride a dr650 and looking to get a dl1000. I've got two in mind, one is a 2006 with 23k miles, the other is 2003 with 43k miles. Bought have some accessories on them. The 2003 has hard cases and is priced at $3500. The 2006 has a Sargent seat and would be a trade for my dr plus $2200.

That being said, I've read that the mileage really isn't a problem if the bike was cared for well. Both guys claim they are anal about the maintenance and have all the records. What are the major issues with the v-strom from those years or in general. I've hear somewhere, something vague about the efi system??

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-21-2011, 10:43 AM
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No major problems. I own an 07 Vee with 53,000 miles.

The clutch makes noise...always has, and most do. There is a modified basket to fix this Im told...I wear ear plugs when riding anyway. The clutch works fine.

Stock tuning is pretty bad below 4,000 rpm. I removed some of the EPA's accessories and had mine dyno tuned. It runs like a Honda now, perfect.

Plugs and air filters are a bitch to R&R. The tank needs to come off to do the air filter. Not complicated but tedious for something that requires constant attention in dusty places.

A few other very minor but common issues for the strom like leaking fuel at the injector rail. An easy fix. A small oil leak..etc.

Mine uses 1 QT of oil every 5,000 miles. It was run on synthetic since break in.

The valves do not drift out of adjustment very much but checking them is a chore. And its a shim/bucket set up so shimming is required if adjusting.

The bike is a handfull in the dirt. I bought mine for occassional gravel and forest service roads. One trail ride was enough for me, just not a dual sport IMO. But, it will hit 100 mph in third (if that is your thing) and run along at 80 mph all day with out so much as a fart.

I have owned many makes, styles, and brands. The Vee is a keeper and will be bike I wear out and not sell.

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The only BIG problem with the V-Strom is...


the Wee-Strom.



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I agree with MoDaddy, its hard to get the pieces of weestroms out of your Vee's radiator.
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I agree with MoDaddy, its hard to get the pieces of weestroms out of your Vee's radiator.
??? Excuse my noob ignorance
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It seems to be an ongoing thing, Planeman.....

It took me a little while to figure it out when I first joined here, but it's actually pretty simple....

Either you ride a Vee.........













Or pedal a Wee.
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What they really mean to say is buy a 650 and you don't have to ask questions like what issues the bike has. BTW, keep your DR if you can. Its a great complement to whichever Strom you buy. Good luck and welcome.

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I have a 07 Vee with a Sargent seat and the seat isn't a limiting factor in miles for me, so that may be a selling point as the stock seats are bad for most (me included). Was just out your way on a 8 day trip on mine and did a couple days of 500+ and a few 450ish and the bike was super comfortable. I'd do the 06 for the miles and seat unless you want to keep your DR.

What is the asking price without the trade?
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He didn't have a straight out asking price , it was just with the trade. Never the less the 2006 guy emailed me last night and said that he went on his Vee today and had too much fun, it's no longer up for trade! oo well there will be others, I'm still waiting on the 2003 with 42k miles. That guy said somebody is coming to look at it today, and if it doesn't sell he will let me know.

Were there any issues specifically with the early model Vee's?
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BTW, keep your DR if you can. Its a great complement to whichever Strom you buy. Good luck and welcome.

I would LOVE to keep my DR too as a buddy bike, but unless i find a v-strom for under 2k thats not going to happen.

Actually thinking about it, i did find a v-strom for $1,300 but i dont know it the ad is real, and\or whats wrong with it...


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