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post #1 of 10 Old 08-29-2012, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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I've asked a question to several friends who ride, but can never get an answer from them. I'm looking at buying a used wee/vee.
But my main question is on a used bike what or how many, is to many miles ?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-29-2012, 10:22 AM
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It's hard to find a well cared for bike with too many miles. It's easier to find a bike with too little care. Proper maintenance, mostly oil and filter changes, get Stroms well into six figures without opening the engines beyond valve clearance adjustments. Wera688 has over a quarter of a million miles on his Vee. Rcacs has over 150,000 miles on his Wee. I know an Iron Butt rider with over 100,000 miles on a Wee that has never needed a valve shim change.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-29-2012, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Maintenance... That is a main concern of mine with buying a used strom. I'm more trusting in thinking that someone would keep up with the maint. as they say they have, and not lie about it.
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I like to see a maintenance log including receipts charting work by date and mileage, either that or dealer receipts. A lot can be determined by seeing how the owner maintains his/her property and the external appearance of the bike.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Yeah you can tell a lot by looking at the sellers other stuff. Is the house in good shape? Condition of other vehicles, garage clean and organized, ect.
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Yeah you can tell a lot by looking at the sellers other stuff. Is the house in good shape? Condition of other vehicles, garage clean and organized, ect.
I would totally flunk your inspection! my garage is.... but i've got ever spare 'anything' i ever had i throw nothing away. i've got kayaks hanging from the ceiling over my wifes cars. i've got powertools and misc hanging from the ceiling over my bike and 3 bicycles. you should have seen it whith my jetski stored in there. both walls are covered in shelves and tool/parts boards. i had a mental inventory of every thing i had and where it was...still do except sometimes i cn't find it

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check the crankcase breather filter inside the air box. if breather is oil saturated and or oil overflowed into air box then, the engine has got blowby. excessive engine blowby is a sign of worn out engine. probably going to have a hard time getting a seller to show you this. espeically if it may be a deal killer.
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Oil in the airbox is typically a sign of the bike being dumped on its left side and oil running through the breather tube from the crankcase to the airbox. I don't remember a single report of worn rings.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-29-2012, 03:35 PM
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I might be more cautious of a bike that has too few miles...like only 3,000 miles in 4 or 5 years. Sitting around with little use is a bad thing.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-29-2012, 06:15 PM
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2nd the thought on the oil in the air box. If the crankcase has been over filled by a bit it will collect in the air box. I had to remove a bit of a pool twice on an exceptionally clean 2004 Wee with 23K miles on it. Seems fine now. I try to not knock it over too often.
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