SuprHtr at columbus.rr.com
Thu Oct 22 19:52:14 PDT 2009
Jim Mason has a DL-1000. He took a very long, adventurous ride with some of
the others last Summer (dualsport duty for many hundreds of miles) and can
report on how the bike is for daily scoots, as well.
Paul in Ohio
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul S. Elsberry" <pselsberry at comcast.net>
To: "GPZ List" <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 5:21 PM
Subject: New bike
I am looking at getting a 2003 Suzuki DL1000 next week - I know that
somebody on here made the switch also, any info.
I haven't test ridden one for very long but like thhe riding position and
the torque of the engine, for te short ride that I took.
Handling was pretty good with the stock tires and could be made even better
with some aftermarket pieces.
I am looking to have a decent sport-tourer that is also good for daily
commuting, but lighter than the FJR, C-14 or the like, as I plan to add
Givi's and to transfer some farkles from the GPZ.
Price and the ability to do most maintainence myself, had me looking used,
and I looked at FZ-1, Multistrada (loved it but not the price), Tiger 1050,
and the Bandit 1250 - but in the end the value and features of the V-Strom
So next week it will be off to pick it up, with a 2hr ride home to get used
As for the GPZ, it has a crack in the swingarm and it looks like time to put
I noticed last week that it was handling weird, and had a friend of mine try
to help me with the suspension and that is when we found the crack and to be
honest, I just can't see putting another band-aid on it.
I will probably part the bike out and will post any avail here first for any
takers, then go the ebay route - so if anybody needs anything, chime up and
I can tell you the condition and will post pics.
None of the body pieces are worth saving but most of the mechanicals are
pretty good - the engine runs good, I have the ZZR1200 headers with the
black Holeshot dual exhausts (sounds great), stock seat with the Sargeant
cover and more.
Feel that I am making a good decision and will still remaini here on the
list as I feel that this is a great place to get info.
Paul in MD
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