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Old 07-12-2013, 09:02 PM   #391
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I noticed that too, they must have come to their senses and redesigned the beak.
i'd say that is the exact same front beak, it's just the black doesn't show it off so much.

what has changed on this new spy pic is the rear foot pegs are now removable.
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:42 PM   #392
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bike not in red.
never thought red did it justice.
i like it in white

That's the first pic I've seen of the new Vee that I like.
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:10 PM   #393
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As I read this thread I can't help but wonder how many BMW rear drives really fail, how many people really change their gearing and finally how many people really put in a 400+ mile day. Just wondering, not trying to fight.
Two BMW final drives failed in the Iron Butt Rally last week; one rider was near a dealership and they got him back on the road in two hours. The other changed bikes but ended up not completing the rally for other reasons.

I rode my Super Tenere to our North American gathering in Ouray CO last month, and rode 525 and 625 miles headed there, and 525 and 450 on the first two days headed home (stopped to visit my sis the second night).

I have +1, stock, and -1 cs sprockets for my KLR 688 and use them as needed.
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:47 PM   #394
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As I read this thread I can't help but wonder how many BMW rear drives really fail, how many people really change there gearing and finally how many people really put in a 400+ mile day. Just wondering, not trying to fight.
Last trip I went on, This is the trip..

Day 1 650Km, Day 2 - 650Km (400Km dirt sand and gravel) Day 3 - 700Km, Day 4 - 600Km Dirt, Sand and Gravel, Day 5 Tourist day, Day 6 - 600Km, Day 7 650Km, Day 8 - 400Km.

53 other bikes did similar distances, 1 1991 Tenere did a further 2000Km.

If I had no job and was independently wealthy then I suppose I would take it a lot easier on a small bike, but I have a certain amount of time to go off exploring.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:24 AM   #395
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I must be in the minority, I think it looks great. I especially like how the luggage tucks in nice and close. I would have liked a shaft drive, but not a deal breaker given the pro's of a chain. I hope they plan on putting a center stand on it, but it looks like a lot of exhaust plumbing down there. No center stand would be a deal breaker for me. Its a pain loading a bike in camp on the side stand.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:49 AM   #396
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As I read this thread I can't help but wonder how many BMW rear drives really fail, how many people really change there gearing and finally how many people really put in a 400+ mile day. Just wondering, not trying to fight.
Stock gearing currently, though I have changed ratios on different bikes. My last ride was 5300 kms in 8 days.

More important to me, than how many kms in a day, is how many hours in a day. Not all kms are equal. Buzzing along I5 for 700 miles in a day is easier than some scratchy 300 mile back-road day-rides.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:45 AM   #397
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I must be in the minority, I think it looks great. I especially like how the luggage tucks in nice and close. I would have liked a shaft drive, but not a deal breaker given the pro's of a chain. I hope they plan on putting a center stand on it, but it looks like a lot of exhaust plumbing down there. No center stand would be a deal breaker for me. Its a pain loading a bike in camp on the side stand.
Why not just spring for an aftermarket center stand?

For me, I just load the luggage, then mount it to the bike.

YMMV..
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:41 PM   #398
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If they bring out , the new v a lttle lower than the current one , i'll think about it ,, if the seat is comfortable i will definetly be serious about it , sick of replacing the seat on every bike i've bought ,

And if its white , i'll be getting one , has to be white though , because after buying and selling a harley , t bird , bonneville in 4 years , and a few weeks ago buying a white 650 to go with the rocket , her who must be obeyed, is sick of me spending, my money on toys , , So the sneaky head will be put on, and don't say anything just buy it ,, must be white though so she don't know the difference .

Honesty does'nt pay . 27 years ago i bought a black honda , changed bikes every 12 month to 2 years , and has long has it was black, i was never even questioned if its new or not , alls she knew was i had a black bike , .

Now she's poking her nose in, its time to get back too normal , , no more telling what i do , .
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:51 PM   #399
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I think the new Strom looks great, only about 100 times better looking than the current model.

Some of you people are impossible to satisfy.

But then again you know what opinions are like.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:08 AM   #400
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check out all these design sketches on the wall before playing the video.
http://suzuki-vstrom.com/en/interview2/index.html
notice the DL-Z 1000 on the left. and the DRZ-900S lower left
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:26 AM   #401
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check out all these design sketches on the wall before playing the video.
http://suzuki-vstrom.com/en/interview2/index.html
notice the DL-Z 1000 on the left. and the DRZ-900S lower left
Now you gone and done it. Everyone will be waiting for the DRZ-900S now.

I wonder if Suzuki is planning a giant model carpet bombing campaign.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:29 PM   #402
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"This motorcycle has entirely too much ground clearance. Find me something-- anything-- to stuff underneath it to insure a costly repair or a massive, Rube Goldberg bash guard. I want it 10 cm off the ground at maximum with a 75 kg rider. Make it happen."

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Old 07-29-2013, 01:46 PM   #403
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As I read this thread I can't help but wonder how many BMW rear drives really fail, how many people really change there gearing and finally how many people really put in a 400+ mile day. Just wondering, not trying to fight.
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Never had a BMW final drive fail, but mine is the one of the kind that you never read about failing. 39 years old and only a reseal. But I do have to pull the transmission every year to lube the input splines because it's common to strip them on my particular bike.

I've changed the gearing on my Strom, though I went back to stock. Up a tooth on the front sprocket really killed acceleration for me. Suzuki pretty much nailed it for the wee Strom.

Changed the gearing on my KLR, but hat was so long ago I can't remember whether I kept it or not.

Changed the gearing on my Transalp. I would go 1 to the down on the front when I was planning to ride mostly offroad.

Changed gearing on my 640 Adventure. Keep it stock most of the time, but will go one tooth up or down on the counter sprocket if I'm planing on mostly road or mostly offroad.

Changed gearing on my CB350 to fight vibes at cruise. Up a tooth on the cs.

I've also changed the gearing on my BMW. I threw a different ratio final drive on there to lower RPMs at cruise.

400 mile days are not uncommon, though I'd say 300-350 are more common.

I haven't done fuck-all to my final drive in 75,000 miles aside from changing the oil.

I changed the gearing on my XR250 in 1984 when it was new.
I change the gearing on my DR350 after one season.
I changed the gearing back and forth on the XR400 so many times I don't know what on it now.
I changed the gearing on my 1150 GS with a different final drive to make it easier to ride foolish trails in 1st gear.
I changed the gearing on my Strom 1000 a few teeth in the rear.
I changed the gearing on my F650 Dakar after I traded the Strom for it. Then changed it back.

400 miles is what I do on an average day with a pillion and we did a couple 600 mile days this last trip.
From where I live it's 3 days of heavy lifting to get anywhere interesting in the States.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:12 AM   #404
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As someone who is looking to get into casual ADV riding next year I am looking forward to how this bike turns out in fall. The styling looks MUCH better then previous years. Good to have options against a Versys1000, Tiger800xc, etc.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:17 AM   #405
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I wonder how much it'll weigh? The vid makes a lot of the agility angle. Final price will be key too. I'm hoping 220kg and about 10,000 GBP.
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