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Old 11-15-2012, 02:00 PM   #211
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You probably have a Pontiac Aztek, don't you?

Yes, if I'm lucky enough to be buying a new bike in the next few years it definitely won't be the new Strom.
The new Aprilia Caponord looks quite nice.


well beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. IMO all of these "adventure" bikes are ugly. The least ugly would be the Honda CrossTourer, but we don't get that one - yet.

The beauty of these bikes is not in how they look, it's in how they ride. If your bike is fun to ride, you probably will not care what it looks like.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #212
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the more I look at this v-strom concept, the better I like it. I would say "lose the red" everywhere but the valve covers. I like black on black for this bike.

The usd fork and radial mounted brake calipers excites me. I think the luggage looks good, and I am glad to see the muffler is low and on the right.

My problem with Suzuki has more to do with the quality of their products than the performance. I know lots of people have put big miles on v-stroms, but the clutch was shot in mine at 25,000 miles. Despite the extended warranty, Suzuki would not make it right.

I really enjoyed that bike though. It was fun to ride, comfortable ( I did a 900 mile day on it), handled well, sounded good, and could be loaded like a pack mule.

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #213
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I really enjoyed that bike though. It was fun to ride, comfortable ( I did a 900 mile day on it), handled well, sounded good, and could be loaded like a pack mule.
Why'd you do so little miles? I completed a Bun Burner Gold on mine!
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:30 PM   #214
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Sounds like a flukey clutch. I had 93K on mine with a healthy daily wheelie regimen.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:39 AM   #215
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Why'd you do so little miles? I completed a Bun Burner Gold on mine!

I was home after 900 miles. Started in western Kansas, home is about an hour south of Nashville. I just never wanted to stop because I only had enough money for a flea bag of a hotel, and gas. So I just kept going. Got home about 1:30 AM. It wasn't meant to be an IBA ride.

After that experience, I have no desire to do an IBA ride either!
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:41 AM   #216
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Sounds like a flukey clutch. I had 93K on mine with a healthy daily wheelie regimen.
probably was, but according to what I was seeing on the V-Strom forums, I was not the only one. And if it was a fluke, why wouldn't Suzuki honor the warranty and fix it?
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #217
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A couple of pics from the Milan bike show earlier this week. the bike was in a glass display case so it was not really possible to get any good close up shots







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Old 11-16-2012, 07:14 PM   #218
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This is true, I think it needs some brand names plastered all over it as well.

Suzuki should make a Louis Vuitton - Gucci - Ray Ban - Cartier - Rolex - Hennessy - Mot & Chandon - Strom.

And sell it for a bargain basement price of $100,000 Dollars. Then everyone will be happy.
Geez, it would look too much like the new white ST then!
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:42 PM   #219
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Geez, it would look too much like the new white ST then!
Only jaumev's white ST. The Touratech sticker makes up for all of the above.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:00 PM   #220
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The Versys may be goofy looking or even ugly to some, but at least it's original. This new Vee is just a bad copy of something.

I was never fond of the old look, but it was growing on me. This thing, I dunno.

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:13 AM   #221
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Thanks for the pics from Milan. I was planning to go, but couldn't due to injury.

Those angles convince me even more that the only real problem with the bike is the beak. But it looks like it could be an easy solution of simply removing it and put some mesh in the holes that remain.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:07 AM   #222
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it looks like it could be an easy solution of simply removing it and put some mesh in the holes that remain.
Yeah, that could easily bring weirdness to a new level!!

I don't care about the beak, but I wish it had dual headlights, or at least that it will have as good headlights as the older one.

Still remember it is a concept bike that we saw, not guaranteed everything will look the same when(or if?) it goes into production.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:28 AM   #223
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Yeah, that could easily bring weirdness to a new level!!
It'll make it look like the RAM air intakes on the great-great-grandmother..

(at least with a good portion of imagination)
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:20 AM   #224
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the thing that bugs me is the welded on supports for the passenger pegs and the muffler. It would be better if there were only one support on the right side that served both the passenger peg and the muffler. Also if a separate support is necessary for the pegs, then they should be bolted on so owners can remove them if they aren't needed.

Other than that, I like it. Even the red is growing on me.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:33 PM   #225
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Have been riding the K4 Vstrom since 2004. Been looking for a replacement recently but there doesn't seem to be any suitable ADV bike......with the right pricing, equipment, size, set up and Japanese reliability.

Fell in love with this new Vstrom immediately. Like everything about this new design but may really miss the dual H4 headlight set up. However, with the elimination of the buffeting effect of the previous model, I would say it would be worth it. Hope the new light would be sufficient though.

Hope that it would arrive next year here in Singapore !

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