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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2018, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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V-1000 Test Ride

Local dealership has a used 2016 V-1000 on their lot. Sucker only has 350 miles on it. They have had it for quite a while.

I had not ridden one and was curious so I cruised over there on my V-650 and took her for a "guided ride spin." Had to follow the salesman on a prescribed route. NITR...No Imagination Test Ride. Nuts!

Fairly short ride, probably only about 10 miles thru the edge of town and a short jaunt down the freeway but enough to get an initial feel.

Very nice machine. Good power, very smooth, nice nimble handling. The seat, like most stockers could use some work. Also the ride over bumps seemed to be smoother than my V-650. My bad back appreciated this.

The power was very liner and more than adequate, but fell short of a former bike of mine. 2012 Ninja 1000 shares the same engine, but with different head, cams, etc. That bike was a bullet and bordering on scary fast. The V-1000 is much more civilized and the motor is well matched for the type of machine it is powering.

If I were still working and making good $$$$$$ I might spring for one but....being semi retired and suffering form LBD (Limited Budget Deficit) gonna have to pass.

The main motivation to ride it was an investigation for a riding buddy who is thinking about moving from his Kawa-Davidson (Kawi Voyager) to something more sporty and not sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo big and heavy.

It was fun to ride something new to me.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2018, 09:58 AM
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Well, as you know I have a 2015 v1000. I really like it, power forever. You can be rolling 80 mph on the freeway and just twist in 6th and take off... I like that. I've had it on the dyno, the torque is very flat from 2k to 9k, the peak TQ was 73# @ appx 7000 rpm and the peak hp was 112. Stock with a delkevic slip on. Obviously not as nimble as the v650, but certainly less to manage than a "big" bike. the engine gets really buzzy over 6000 rpm... in fact a high vibrrrrrrration runs through the bike and seems to center on my crotch... never felt that in any bike before, and it's a feature I can live without, but it does act as a sort of notification that I'm getting the rpms up into the fun zone. I am not impressed with the suspension... I actually liked the 650 with the hyperpro lowering rear spring better. I find the v's kind of wooden, and I feel every little ripple on the road... when I don't want to. An oil change in the front can probably help that, but not so sure about the rear shock. I've been trying to dial it out, but really, the shock has to much compression damping and the shock won't absorb those little ripples. I had the same deal on my Concours 1400, nothing that 2000.00 worth of suspension couldn't fix...
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I've yet to test ride a V1000 but I really want to. Hawker, how much were they selling the bike for?

I think if the V1000 was the same wheelbase as the V650 I would have purchased it instead, even without a test ride.


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I've yet to test ride a V1000 but I really want to. Hawker, how much were they selling the bike for?

I think if the V1000 was the same wheelbase as the V650 I would have purchased it instead, even without a test ride.
They are asking $8995 + tax, lic, and fees.

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I'd be afraid to buy a bike that never made it through engine break in or stopped halfway through. Seems like low miles can be a bad thing there. Anyone know if that is the case?

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I'd be afraid to buy a bike that never made it through engine break in or stopped halfway through. Seems like low miles can be a bad thing there. Anyone know if that is the case?
i bought my v650 with 136 miles on it. and I was a professional engine builder for years. So I guess to me there's nothing wrong with it. Steve
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I'd be afraid to buy a bike that never made it through engine break in or stopped halfway through. Seems like low miles can be a bad thing there. Anyone know if that is the case?
I have heard the critical break in period can be the first 50 miles or so. The rings are what need proper break in to seal properly.

That being said, this may not be true for all makes and models. I do know for a fact that KTM's 1290 Super Duke R is susceptible to this issue. A good friend is a KTM dealer and master mechanic. A couple of years ago I saw a new Super Duke R in his shop with the top end off the bike. I asked him what happened? He said the new owner purchased the bike then road down the freeway for the first 75 miles and babied the bike. He told me the rings in that engine are very hard and need high combustion pressures to force the rings against the cylinder wall for proper breakin. When the new owner failed to get on the gas hard and vary the rpm, the oil rings failed to properly seal resulting in high oil consumption.

The new owner brought the bike back complaining of using oil. After confirming this my buddy put new rings in the bike and gave it a proper breakin. Problem solved.
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Buying bike with very low miles

I bought my orange V1000LT (from the original owner) about 4 months ago with 180 miles on it. I completed the break in and now have about 2,500 miles on it. It has performed flawlessly!

I would do it again in a second, especially at the price I got it for! (6k).

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I bought my orange V1000LT (from the original owner) about 4 months ago with 180 miles on it. I completed the break in and now have about 2,500 miles on it. It has performed flawlessly!

I would do it again in a second, especially at the price I got it for! (6k).

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That's a great price for such a low mile bike. Previous owner must have really wanted it out of his garage before winter.

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That's a great price for such a low mile bike. Previous owner must have really wanted it out of his garage before winter.
Yes he did (although it was only June ). He was asking 7k and hadn't got any offers so he called me the day after I offered 6k and said "come and get it".

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Yea, AuroraTom makes me angry. I just bought my 2015 V1KLT a month before he did and I paid $7350 OTD for a NEW left over black 2015 with two year warranty, 0 miles. I had to travel out of state for it though. My break in was to ride it as I would any other of my bikes. Normal mountain twisty riding. I just turned 3k miles.
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