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Forum: Road warriors 08-15-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,295
Posted By de Vaca
Agree with the Bandit; either the 1200 or the...

Agree with the Bandit; either the 1200 or the newer 1250. A great street motor. If you really want to feel the torque, go down a tooth on the countershaft sprocket.
Forum: Beasts 08-11-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Thanks Bungees, don't know how I missed that. I...

Thanks Bungees, don't know how I missed that. I might go that route. Oneida has the seat for less than $200.
Forum: Beasts 08-10-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Another option to improve seat to peg distance...

Another option to improve seat to peg distance would be the taller oem seat. I'd be interested in hearing about it from those who are using it. Looks like it is 30 mm higher.
Forum: Road warriors 08-07-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,073
Posted By de Vaca
There are so many good bikes available that it...

There are so many good bikes available that it can be tough to choose. For your purposes, it would be hard to beat the newer v strom 650. It can handle rough roads, is extremely reliable, and is...
Forum: Beasts 08-05-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Aside from the oil change, as others have said,...

Aside from the oil change, as others have said, spend a little time just going over the bike checking to make sure that all fasteners are snug and that the chain tension is ok. Basically, make sure...
Forum: Beasts 08-01-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I think that the Motorcycle Consumer News article...

I think that the Motorcycle Consumer News article was pretty much on as well for the most part, but I don't think that my V strom vibrates as significantly as they mentioned. The S10 has it's own...
Forum: Road warriors 07-29-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,146
Posted By de Vaca
This bike has captured my interest, thought I'd...

This bike has captured my interest, thought I'd give the thread a bump to get some more owner's impressions if possible. I was a fan of the Suzuki GSX 650, this bike seems like a modern version in a...
Forum: Beasts 07-25-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,762
Posted By de Vaca
I was surprised that I liked the khaki as much in...

I was surprised that I liked the khaki as much in person as I did. I liked the red a little more though. I also was a little concerned about how long it would be before I sat in something that would...
Forum: Beasts 07-19-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I remember the older vee in the 11.60 sec range...

I remember the older vee in the 11.60 sec range in older MCnews testing to my recollection. I'll see if I can find the older reference. The 2014 S10 ran the quarter at 11.58, even with 8-9 more hp,...
Forum: Beasts 07-18-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Congratulations! You will enjoy it.

Congratulations! You will enjoy it.
Forum: Beasts 07-18-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Interesting comparison test of the 2014 Tenere...

Interesting comparison test of the 2014 Tenere vs. the new v strom in the August issue of Motorcycle Consumer News. The stats for the v strom were a quarter mile time of 11.17 secs. and 0 to 60 of...
Forum: Beasts 07-15-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Mine averages about 43 mpg. Check out the Jesse...

Mine averages about 43 mpg. Check out the Jesse bags on Desert Dave's bike earlier in this thread for hard bags.
Forum: Beasts 07-13-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Mikeysduck, for the uses that you mentioned, I...

Mikeysduck, for the uses that you mentioned, I don't think you could do much better than the v strom. The bike is extremely enjoyable to ride and feels light and agile while riding. The S10 feels...
Forum: Beasts 07-11-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
It does seem like the new 1000 has a more relaxed...

It does seem like the new 1000 has a more relaxed peg position than the 650. I put a peg lowering kit on my 650, but don't feel like I need it on the new bike. The S10 is probably more comfortable...
Forum: Beasts 07-10-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I'm not Desert Dave, but to me, the super tenere...

I'm not Desert Dave, but to me, the super tenere has a little more leg room, and a more compliant suspension that along with its greater weight, absorbs the bumps better on a long trip. Wind...
Forum: Beasts 07-10-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I've had the dl 650, and currently own the 2014 v...

I've had the dl 650, and currently own the 2014 v strom 1000 and a 2012 super tenere. All are great bikes. For your planned trip my choice would be the super tenere. It is heavier, but IMO would be...
Forum: Beasts 07-06-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I've been averaging about 42 mpg; best has been...

I've been averaging about 42 mpg; best has been 45 mpg. You can make 200 miles on a tank, but it will be getting pretty low. I ride it pretty briskly. I like feeling the roll on torque. :evil Heat is...
Forum: Beasts 07-05-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Redline is 9200. For best acceleration I usually...

Redline is 9200. For best acceleration I usually shift just after 8000. It is not a KTM, but it is not as expensive as one either. If my funds were unlimited I would probably have a KTM, but I may...
Forum: Beasts 07-05-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
The engine improves with break in. Mine pulls...

The engine improves with break in. Mine pulls great from 3500 to 8000 rpm, then flattens out for the last 1000 rpm.
Forum: Beasts 07-05-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I talked with my local dealer about sales of the...

I talked with my local dealer about sales of the new dl1000. He said sales have not been as brisk as hoped, and that Suzuki is pushing a demo bike program to try to make bikes available for demo...
Forum: Beasts 06-22-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
The beak does catch attention. A guy asked me...

The beak does catch attention. A guy asked me yesterday how I liked my Beemer. As to sales of the bike, Suzuki should make the decision to put demo bikes at the dealerships and loosen the policy of...
Forum: Beasts 06-21-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
Mine is a little rough shifting between first and...

Mine is a little rough shifting between first and second too; it's been like that since I bought it. My GSX 1250 is like that too, and has not changed in it's 22,000 miles. I thought that it may be...
Forum: Beasts 06-18-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
You will enjoy opening up the throttle. I am at...

You will enjoy opening up the throttle. I am at 2500 miles, (4000 km,) and it only gets better. A great bike overall.
Forum: Beasts 06-14-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,259
Posted By de Vaca
2200 miles on mine. Runs great. The idle sounds I...

2200 miles on mine. Runs great. The idle sounds I hear are normal sounding to me for a big twin engine. My GSX 1250 also makes some noise at idle that goes away with the clutch engaged. It has 22,000...
Forum: Beasts 06-13-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I understand the liability issues that make some...

I understand the liability issues that make some dealers reluctant to allow test rides or to only allow them in controlled settings; it is unfortunate for the consumer though. I know that in my case,...
Forum: Beasts 06-12-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
That looks great; how does it sound?

That looks great; how does it sound?
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I suspect that when you test a bike makes a...

I suspect that when you test a bike makes a difference. The engine on mine seemed to be pretty tight until after about 600 miles. Since then it runs great. I haven't tried to loft the front wheel...
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I don't know what the reviewer's bike was like,...

I don't know what the reviewer's bike was like, but mine after break in pulls like a beast to just after 8000 rpm. When I want maximum acceleration, I upshift when the rpm's pass the 8000 mark. It...
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
The power band is very strong between 3500 to...

The power band is very strong between 3500 to 8000 rpm, and tapers off somewhat to red line at 9200 rpm. It is a rapid trip to highway speeds with no need to downshift for most overtakes. Brakes are...
Forum: Beasts 06-08-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I didn't like the looks much either at first. It...

I didn't like the looks much either at first. It is a bike that looks better in person than in pictures. Nevertheless, even the looks are growing on me.
Forum: Beasts 06-08-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I was satisfied also with my 650 until I rode the...

I was satisfied also with my 650 until I rode the 1000. To stay happy with yours, avoid test rides.:D
Forum: Beasts 06-07-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I have not noticed any significant vibration. The...

I have not noticed any significant vibration. The 650 always impressed me for it's displacement, but this new 1000 is a great street motor. It really does remind me of the big bandit powerplant,...
Forum: Beasts 06-06-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 2,858
Views: 479,873
Posted By de Vaca
I was a satisfied owner of a 2012 wee strom that...

I was a satisfied owner of a 2012 wee strom that I thought I'd keep for a long time. My local dealer offered a demo ride with the 2014 v strom 1000 and told me to ride it for as long as I liked. It...
Forum: Beasts 05-17-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 24,379
Views: 4,459,913
Posted By de Vaca
Sounds like a great price. It is less than I paid...

Sounds like a great price. It is less than I paid for my new 2012 earlier this year. It is hard to believe that this good a bike can be had for such low prices. I also thought about waiting for the...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,623
Posted By de Vaca
I like the super tenere. After touring on the...

I like the super tenere. After touring on the FJR, a weestrom and now the S10, I prefer the Tenere. The upright ergonomics, and weather protection is good. It is comfortable and stable on the...
Forum: Beasts 04-28-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 24,379
Views: 4,459,913
Posted By de Vaca
I read that it provides more linear and true...

I read that it provides more linear and true control of the throttle butterflies; since I have not ridden a bike with the flash, I was asking how this makes the response different. If there does not...
Forum: Beasts 04-28-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 24,379
Views: 4,459,913
Posted By de Vaca
Dallara, as always, you are a wealth of...

Dallara, as always, you are a wealth of information. If the removal of the throttle restrictions do not equate to more power, in what way do they manifest? Is it mainly in the removal of uneven...
Forum: Beasts 04-28-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 24,379
Views: 4,459,913
Posted By de Vaca
I like the bike as it came stock. Mine seems to...

I like the bike as it came stock. Mine seems to have no problems with fueling, stumbles, or power. I can't see a problem with it. Any bike can be improved, but I'm happy with it the way it is. I do...
Forum: Road warriors 04-24-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,547
Posted By de Vaca
I've also been afflicted with MBS, (multiple bike...

I've also been afflicted with MBS, (multiple bike syndrome, ) but have never been as captivated with one as much as the Super Tenere. Plenty of power, handles great and fits me like no other bike...
Forum: Beasts 03-18-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 8,571
Views: 1,667,062
Posted By de Vaca
That is a plus. Paint and I don't always do well...

That is a plus. Paint and I don't always do well together.
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