Suzuki DL 1000 VStrom (2008)

Aug. 2014 -

October 3, 2014 - Tennantville NY

 

How I got this bike

  I had been riding the VStrom 650 for 2 years and thought it was a great, do-everything bike.  But after a day riding my friend's Vstrom 1000 I decided to go for the bigger version.  I found this bike in a NYC Craigslist post with the description of 'well-farkled'.  Just what I was looking for.  We negotiated a tentative price, the owner offering to ride it to Schenectady for me to check out, with no commitment on my part. 

   The previous owner rode the bike from NYC on a Sunday afternoon and I took him to Jumpin Jacks, he on my Vstrom 650 and I rode the 1000.  He was a tall  Romanian guy with a pleasant accent.  He said he'd had lots of experience with VStroms and was able to provide detailed info on what he'd done to this one.   He brought  all of the replaced stock parts including the seat, windshield and suspension pieces tied to the bike or stored in the hard bags. That, and the condition of the bike sealed the deal for me.   14,000 miles and in excellent shape, with lots of extras that I liked.                 
  These are the add-ons that came with this bike.
  • - Power Commander (+manuals)
  • - Engine guards
  • - Hard bags (extra keys but no top trunk or mount)
  • - Gel seat (just like the fine one on my 650 VStrom)
  • - Rheostat controlled heated grips (excellent, though the grips are fatter)
  • - Adjustable windshield (same as the one I have on the 650 Vstrom)
  • - After-market rear suspension (multiple adjustments)
  • - Front springs
  • - 43 tooth rear sprocket (up 2 from stock)
  • - Steibel air horn
  • - 3 power ports (cigarette style, USB and BMW type)
  • - Dogbones to lift the ride height

 

  I replaced the dogbones with the stock ones to lower the ride height back to stock after just a few week since the bike way too tall for me.

Sacandaga Reservoir Overlook - Oct. 3, 2014

2014

  End of season miles 15,150.  Battery out Nov. 14.

 

2015

   Oil and filter (HiFlo 138, KN138, 026) at 16,728 mi.  Made a significant improvement in clutch feel and shifting.

  With Mike at the Battenkill - East Greenwich - July 2015

Thomas Burbine State Forest - Aug. 2015

2016

  Oil changed at 20,191 mi. (June 13, 2016).  Napa 1359 filter, $10.  I installed a Givi rack mount so I can use the Givi luggage that came with the Honda Blackbird. I took a 750 mile round-trip to Mifflin PA and rode to Americade with this bike.

  Gas stabilizer put in Oct. 26 at 21,156 miles.  Late season ride Nov. 14 at 21,188 miles.

 

2017

  This season I'm riding this bike as the best two up bike I own.  Always reliable and solid.

Washington County, NY July 2017

 

  Oil and filter (KN138) changed at 22389 miles, Oct. 24, 2017.

Almost Twins - July 2017

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Edited Oct. 24, 2017