Reasons not to by a Vstrom 1000 and how much to pay

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by DirtyLarry, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. mayner

    mayner Postal

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    I thought that was it! One of my friends used to live over there several years ago. He had to move back east because of a transfer. I use the little car-wash over there all the time. I'm just up the street and over a bit from you. My place backs up on Henderson and the freeway. ;-)

    Small freakin' world.
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  2. mayner

    mayner Postal

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    I have this:

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    And this:

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    They get along swell so far. ;-)
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  3. maddmechanic

    maddmechanic i ride too fast and crash

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    Hmm. Old as this thread may be, I have a 2003 DL 1000. I got it for $6k with about 10k miles, stock except for three piece Givi bags. I could have gotten one for less, but a V-strom will always cost less than a Tiger. As for injection problems, different years stumble at different spots, but has Triumph fixed their old injection problems? I don't know, but their injection used to suck. Either way, maintenance and aftermarket parts are cheaper for the Suzuki.

    I have Two Brothers carbon fiber pipes, one tooth down on the front, a power commander, and a K&N. It took me about a week to get the map just right, but now it’s smooth from idle to WOT, it pulls the front tire off the ground with no problem, and it still gets over 50 mpg on the highway. The stumble in the Strom is a lean spot, so wherever that happens to be, needs to be fattened up a bit, and it’s super easy with the Power Commander. With everything I added it still costs less than a comparable mileage Tiger.


    My Strom rips.


    Stock 2003 V-strom:
    98.00 HP (71.5 kW)) @ 7600 RPM
    101.00 Nm (10.3 kgf-m or 74.5 ft.lbs) @ 6400 RPM

    Stock 2005 Tiger (last year before they reduced it’s offroad ability):
    125.00 HP (91.2 kW)) @ 9500 RPM
    92.00 Nm (9.4 kgf-m or 67.9 ft.lbs) @ 4400 RPM
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  4. Coho911

    Coho911 Long timer

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    HA HA ! I never thought "Italian Class" was a real term. lol (too many sofas with plastic on them!) - just kidding :D
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  5. tigerrider

    tigerrider Been here awhile

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    There may have been some Triumph models with injection glitches (the TT600 is the only one that springs to mind) but the Tiger was never one of them.
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  6. maddmechanic

    maddmechanic i ride too fast and crash

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    Well there ya have it, I guess the Tiger's injection is ok. I almost bought a Tiger instead of the V-strom, but I had to travel another two hours for it and it was like $9k. I don't know which I'd like better, but I'm pretty happy with my DL-1000.
    :ricky
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  7. desufnoC

    desufnoC Adventurer

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    I bit the bullet on the Vstrom after the tiger 1050 broke down on a test ride. Stranded out in the middle of nowhere with my cell phone battery on no bars. Just cut out on me at a traffic light. Almost felt like fuel starvation... Trucked it back to the dealer where they told me to come back in 2 days to take it out again. When I returned 3-4 days later, they told me the ECU was being swapped and they were waiting for the part. Wrote a check for the DL1000 a few days later. I also liked the increased space behind the seat on the strom. Figured the bulletproof reliability and the price (paid 7850+tax) made it a no brainer. Tiger would have been closer to 10-11K. I WAS having a blast with it though before it broke down..
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  8. ArmyMedic

    ArmyMedic Flyin' Elvis, UT Chapter

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    Smart move! I love my 02 Strom. Definitely the best bike I've ever owned. I sold my Triumph Sprint ST to buy it and I don't regret that one bit. While the new Tigers are sweet machines, I'd never take one off road, but my strom sure is happy offroad! Now sweeten the sound and cutoff the peashooters with a dremel (takes 5 min and makes a much nicer sound!)
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  9. scapegoat

    scapegoat Pushin forward back

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  10. stromtrooper110

    stromtrooper110 n00b

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    I purposely aim for mountain fire roads here in Colorado and, once I set the suspension correctly, found my DL-1000 to work great in the mud, loose dirt, to a point - rocks (NOT BOULDERS- I learned my lession with boulders- avoid them)...Overall the only thing I still want is a center kick stand and some Continental TKC 80's. As most other Strom owners will tell you---their tough to kill, about as reliable as an anvil.
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  11. CO/WV

    CO/WV Been here awhile

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    how have these 2004 ish 1000 V stroms aged?

    are people still in love..... a buddy just bought one
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  12. getset

    getset go pop a wheelie

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    I like mine for what it I have it for. long days in the saddle linking up gravel and tar or two up with my wife on weekend trips. I follow the little maintenance required and it has served me well. They are cheap reliable capable machines. They are not exotic, not the most exciting bike around, but it always puts a smile on my face. Its worth having one in the garage.
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  13. TerraThumper

    TerraThumper Meesta Fwank

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    I have an '02 and I'm the second owner. Bought in '05 at 4k miles, now at 45k. It never let me down....EVER. Simple to maintain (compared to my KTM 990). I am sooooo happy with the Strom that I'm currently looking at 2012s as they can be had for a steal.
    Sure, these are no BMW GSAs - no comparison....I won't even try.....but looking at the value aspect, here in Ontario I can get a new Strom SE for less than half the coin of a new GS Adventure fully OEM farkled. Heck, I can buy 2 and still be ahead by a few $Gs.
    Oh ya....30k replaced OEM sprockets and chain, and only because the new set was sitting in my garage for 18 months. Original everything else that isn't in the maintenance schedule (i.e. wheel bearings, injectors, etc....).
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  14. Superstar

    Superstar Been here awhile

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    These bikes are boringly reliable. There were some early clutch basket issues and ECU glitches, but once those got sorted they just run forever.
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  15. strom thingie

    strom thingie Lost and Proud!

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    I bought my 04 in 06 and still love it. I look at all the new models coming out and drool over them. I have the $$$ to get a new bike but as soon as I sit on my strom and go for a ride those thoughts are (mostly) wiped away. For close to 8 years my strom has been nothing but dead-reliable and fun as hell to farkle up. Can't complain about it at all and I'm still in love.
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  16. 996DL

    996DL Buell me

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    To this day, I love the motor of my owned since new 04 DL1000 (reason why I bought it in the first place), but it's a poor choice as a high speed loaded tourer, if stability at 100mph is part of one's criteria.

    The aged and unchanged aerodynamics with the Vee, upload the front end as speeds increase and while cruising at the "ton" isn't necessarily a great idea with any adventure bike, it's far from unheard of when you're passing traffic at times, at least for myself.

    The ecm restrictions of 5th and 6th gears, have existed since the bike's inception in 2002 (far cheaper solution, than addressing the design issues) and outside of the rejig of the 2nd gen DL650, the Vee's aerodynamic faults haven't been addressed (upcoming 2014 DL1000 model excluded of course).

    The present gen DL1000's are a reliable bargain bike and a sensible used alternative, expecially when boughten already tweaked and farkled, but don't think that throwing money at them, will overcome all the faults of poor aerodynamics and weight distribution, when it comes to high speed handling and behaviors in high wind scenarios...

    Because it won't, don't ask me how I know... :brow

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  17. Mr.Black999

    Mr.Black999 Been here awhile

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    Hey everyone hope this is OK here, I found this thread and thought I would post here insteed of starting a new one.
    So I currently ride a WR250X with dirt wheels and am looking for something larger to tour on. I found a 2002 V Strom 1000 in my Province with 71000 km for $2900. This seems to be a pretty good deal to me for my area as V Strom 650's and 1000's usually go for around $6000 plus there aren't usually an over abundance of them for sale. The extras with it are steering damper, gel seat, Kappa side bags, crash bars, heated grips, three windscreens recent tires, throttle sync, and aftermarket clutch basket

    So what are peoples thoughts, is that too many km's, some of the painted metal parts are starting to buble but that is pretty common near the atlantic ocean. Are there any things in particular that I should look out for? Thanks alot.:D
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  18. strom thingie

    strom thingie Lost and Proud!

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    Heck that's a great price. Check the normal things like leaks at the fork seals, sprockets, etc. With the aftermarket clutch basket, it seems the chudder should be cured. Sounds like a lot of bike for the price. That's not low mileage, but it ain't all that high either if the bike was properly maintained.
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  19. tkad

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    I think its a good buy as long as its cheap/easy to get it on the road...excepting tires and pads, etc. I owned a wee for a few years and loved it until I got tired of chains and sprockets twice a year (dirt and gravel destruction). buffeting is often a problem on the vee but not for everyone, and hard to eradicate if you have it, easier on the wee. fuelling on the highway gets better if you ride in 5th below 70mph, easily done.
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  20. JohnG.

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    My Caponord took a little sorting...but once done,well worth it .
    checkout AF1racing.com :clap