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Old 01-11-2012, 08:34 PM   #256
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OK, let's run naked. Little urban assault / canyon runner, but will be selling it to get a DR650 (more versatility).


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Old 01-11-2012, 10:00 PM   #257
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Picked up my 2005 SV650 this past year and love it. Took this pic on a ride to the lake shore a few weeks back.


Something about SV's and water.

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Old 01-12-2012, 06:23 AM   #258
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OK, let's run naked. Little urban assault / canyon runner, but will be selling it to get a DR650 (more versatility).

Ah, the Gladius, absolutely love that bike! Why didn't they sell more over here? With its upgraded SV motor seems like it would be a perfect everyday ride.

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Old 01-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #259
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DR 650 they even look good lying down
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:44 PM   #260
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We like Suzukis: The black one in front is my 2009 DR 200, then my 1997 DR 650. The two blue ones belong to my wife, a 2007 DR 200 and a 2007 DR 650.


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Old 01-16-2012, 06:08 PM   #261
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DR650 is a GIANT to me 5'8"

I know I can drop it with the back shock and lowering the front forks, but I don't want to. I just want to whine it's huge, so damn tall and heavy. I've strained my back twice trying to keep this thing from falling over. My VTX 1800 is so much easier to ride. My Harley is easier to ride than the DR. Unless your 6'+, I wouldn't consider this as a fun ride. I find it torture. I'm done. Sorry, everyone beat me up now and tell me how great it is, and I'm missing the good stuff. Yea, I'm missing the fuel injected, fire right up with out choking, waiting for the warm-up of the DR, that I have to struggle to get up on. Don't even start rolling backwards on a hill at 5'8". I know it's not the bikes fault I'm 5'8" and vertically challenged. It is a cool looking bike. But I wish I could take my VTX or Harley riding off road and hit the trails.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:29 PM   #262
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I know I can drop it with the back shock and lowering the front forks, but I don't want to. I just want to whine it's huge, so damn tall and heavy. I've strained my back twice trying to keep this thing from falling over. My VTX 1800 is so much easier to ride. My Harley is easier to ride than the DR. Unless your 6'+, I wouldn't consider this as a fun ride. I find it torture. I'm done. Sorry, everyone beat me up now and tell me how great it is, and I'm missing the good stuff. Yea, I'm missing the fuel injected, fire right up with out choking, waiting for the warm-up of the DR, that I have to struggle to get up on. Don't even start rolling backwards on a hill at 5'8". I know it's not the bikes fault I'm 5'8" and vertically challenged. It is a cool looking bike. But I wish I could take my VTX or Harley riding off road and hit the trails.
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What's your inseam? im also 5'8" with a 30" inseam on a stock dr650 (not lowered) and its fine for me. I do wish it had FI as well...
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:48 PM   #263
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Why a Suzy? Because it replaced my BMW R100LT. The BMW failed to go anymore. I also didn't want to sink more money into it. So bought a 2002 1200 Bandit.

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Old 01-16-2012, 09:06 PM   #264
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What's your inseam? im also 5'8" with a 30" inseam on a stock dr650 (not lowered) and its fine for me. I do wish it had FI as well...
Same inseam, you must have longer toes. I'm always tipy-toeing!
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:57 PM   #265
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:13 PM   #266
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:26 PM   #267
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:48 PM   #268
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Like many of you, I've owned a few different brands of bikes. I've liked mostly all of them. I've never really thought of it till reading this thread, but I guess I am a bit partial to Suzuki's. Over the past 40 years I've owned four of them and I don't remember ever taking a single one of them to the shop for anything other than normal wear and tear items.

My first motorcycle was a 1972 TS 50 Goucho like this one. A complete surprise by my Dad on my 12th Birthday. He led me to believe that I had to wait until I was 18 and buy my own, then surprised me. We spent a lot of time together over the next few months talking about motorcycles and riding.. He even went out and got one himself so we could ride together. He passed away suddenly a few months later. Ripped my heart out. That motorcycle became part of grief therapy. And, it never failed me.

I rode it for a few years and passed it down to my brother. We didn't know much about maintenance and abused the heck of it. Even submerged it a couple of times in a river. We modified it for dirt by taking off all the lights and cutting off the baffle. ha!



After a few Yamaha's, my next Suzuki was an 01 DRZ400. Great bike. I sold it to a buddy who eventually got out of riding but lends it to our riding group as an insurance bike for trips we take out to the Rockies. It has made several trips and has been ridden by many riders. It's earned the nickname "Thor".

For a period of time I became nostalgic and bought this vintage 1977 Suzuki TS 185. It reminded me of my first bike. I loved tooling around the local backroads on that thing for a while.



A few years ago I became interested in street bikes. A riding buddy of mine sold me his well cared for 2000 SV 650. It was a great bike. Enjoyed the heck out of learning to ride street on that bike. Again, bullet proof all the way. Never had one bit of trouble after thousands of miles





I sold the SV and after a while without a street bike I got the bug again in a big way. Decided to try to find the cheapest, most dependable, current technology and fun sport touring bike I could find. After considering a few choices, I decided I liked the Bandit the best. Have thoroughly enjoyed this 2003 Bandit 1200 S - it's been a blast. So far, after several thousand miles I've only had to change the oil and tires.



It doubles as my Adventure touring bike



Come to think of it, I am a bit partial to Suzuki's. Fun, good value and bullet proof dependable.

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Old 01-19-2012, 05:55 AM   #269
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In the last two years I have owned the following Suzukis. Loved every one of them and they were all dead reliable. Now I am down to the two DR's, replacing the bigger bikes with a Triumph.




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Old 01-21-2012, 05:35 PM   #270
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My Suzuki and why I prefer it? Well you asked ~ ~ ~

It all started with a littel ride to Baja and that's all it took and I was hooked on the Superbug . If you check out the shared ride report mine starts on pg 10 then skip to pg 20 after a couple pages move on to pg 28, & pg 31


Baja, there's nothing like it.


And the sunrises


The Superbug takes me to National Parks.




Historic Highways


So much fun in the deserts.


One of my favorite places and the Superbug took me there too.


I don't like riding in the snow with it though.


The_Superbug_rode_west_to_meet_Herbie


The Superbug took me on an Itty_Bitty_Bike_Tour to Jarbidge, NV


The Superbug makes a friend during a ride in North_Idaho


It even does a Peach pose with me.



It looks good posing with yellow flowers


The Superbug takes me to the Odessa, WA to watch the races at The_Desert_100


And biggest reason I like my Suzuki is because it makes me giggle.......


I've had a blast with this bike, it's not the fastest but neither am I. That doesn't matter because I enjoy the slower pace so I can enjoy all that is along the way. I plan to have a lot more fun with it too, Larryboy got 90,000 out of his bike and he doesn't ride easy so I have a lot of miles ahead of me with the Superbug
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