2014 DL1000 Vstrom

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by The Game, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Farmer Hank

    Farmer Hank Arrogant Know It All

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    I agree totally with the 1 bike approach. Every time I have owned more than 1 bike I seemed to spend hours dithering over which bike would be best to ride today. Half the time when I was riding I was bitching that "I should be on the other bike". For those of us who are over analytical and indecisive, not having to choose is the best. Just use the Vstrom for everything and STFU.:lol3
  2. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice In Garrison.

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    Good point. In her current form, the V2 should be contrasted more toward the Roadie.

    Good point about the S10. She's after the RGS market.

    Peak? Perhaps.
    It seems like from 2011 on up, I keep READING about how DS sales keep going up. Granted, I started researching on Jan of 2013. I'm one of the consumers that have driven up the numbers. :D
    If the USA actually started to have small SUV off-raoding diesel cars, maybe I'd go back to having a cage instead of a MC. Hahaha.
  3. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    The S10 fires at the same intervals and has a similar tune to the V2 Strom. They are both 270 / 450 degree motors.
  4. Bolzen

    Bolzen Been here awhile

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    Yeah, but parallel twins sound like c... and vibrate more. Only L-twin can beat another L-twin.

    But as a package Vee2 is just a spare parts set comparing to monolithic s10.
  5. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    They are both 270 / 450 degree motors. :deal
  6. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Parallel or v-twin, are different in nature. Which one you like more, is up to you though.
  7. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle Maniac

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    In my opinion, Adventure-Style motorcycle sales are increasing due to the comfortable riding position, improved suspension, and increased power.

    Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters are buying the type of bikes they have always wanted . . .

    Unfortunately, most Adventure-Style bikes are getting too big and heavy to enjoy off road trail riding.

    I am trying to make my own light weight, comfortable, smooth and powerful bike for Adventure-type rides . . .

    A 500X with a FZ-09 engine would be sweet . . .
  8. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    fixed >>
    and a set of wheels. spoked preferably, in requisite sizes
  9. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    aarrrrggfghhhh
    you got on my other last nerve.
    its incredible to me that some auto outfit hasn't jumped on the OBVIOUS hole in the market for a small, economical, and BULLETPROOF competitor to JEEP [sahara, et al...]
    The local M/C dealer here is selling boatloads of the 4x4 "offroad" vehicles that are in huge demand - tons of innovation in that space.
    why don't they just grow one a LITTLE...
    Jeeps are horrible - go read any big forum where Owners post their gripes.
    too big, way too expensive for the purpose, unreliable, ...
    2wd is plenty. 4wd nice to have Sized like a Miata with some luggage racks above and behind
  10. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    ....which is actually 83 due to the S10's ridiculously optimistic speedo.

    - Mark
  11. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

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    Had a chance to test ride a 2013 Super Tenere yesterday.
    Bike had about 1700 klm on it.
    Ran good. T mode and S mode are what I expected having visited the ST forum and seeing what the lads there had to say. BTW, a great bunch of guys!
    I found the bike really comfy.
    It was not really quick, not bad though....but deceptively fast!
    I also cranked up the preload and took it down my favorite twisties.
    This big girl is a stealth bomber...once set up for the curves it just rails with confidence. It would eat lots of sports bikes alive in tighter areas where high HP would not come into play.
    Alas, I could not live with the work a day acceleration/vibration on this bike. Smooth at steady rpm, but anything other the very light throttle application, produced, for ME, unacceptable vibration...at just about all revs.
    A shame really, because I really wanted one.
    My second choice is the new V2 and I am gonna try to get a test ride as soon as possible. I DO expect some work vibration, but hopefully it will be much more tolerable then the STen.
  12. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle Maniac

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    Foam grips and a sheep skin seat pad worked for me with the Versys vibes . . . The 90 degree V2 will be much better . . .

    There has been many reports from ST riders that the engine will smooth out significantly after about 5,000 miles. Most ST owners have no vibration issues at all?
  13. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

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    Believe me mcmann, I wish I could afford to take the chance that the ST would smooth out considerably.
    As I said, other then the engine vibration, I would have made an offer on the spot.
    I liked it that much.
    I could see myself surprising my buddies on their VFR800's in the twisties with this bike!:lol3
  14. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The ECUnleashed Gen II flash eliminated the vibrations that were putting my right hand to sleep.
  15. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    Nothing helped with my ST vibes not ECUnleashed either :-(
    ST now got a stable mate a WR250R and it takes over when the dirt road finish and single track comes up, this bike is so smooth compared to my ST :-)
  16. Zapp22

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    wr is on my shortlist somewhere out there.
    I don't have room for 2 bikes anymore, but I gots room for 1.5 :lol3
  17. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

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    Ya, the bike ran really well and it did not seem to have a fueling issue at all.
    The T and S modes were a new experience for me, but I can see the logic in their application and had no real issue with them, and in fact, thought this technology was a good idea.
    I would think it is just the nature of a big 270 degree parallel twin.
    You either like it, or you don't.
    I did not feel any real vibration in the frame or foot pegs but when using the throttle, you sure felt it in the bars at every throttle application, and it was not subtle, unless very light application.
    Apparently the 2014 has new bars with some rubber isolation and some changes in clutch technology. BTW, the clutch seemed fine and did not seem to "chudder"
  18. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle Maniac

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    I wonder how the FZ-09 engine would do in the STen frame? It makes very strong smooth power throughout the RPM range and is lighter.
  19. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    Still would be heavy because the ST frame is over built (not a bad thing) and heavy.

    BTW, as far as ST vibs go when I had mine, it vibrated a bit. Not horrible, but noticeable. I synq'd the TBs and that smoothed things out a LOT. FWIW :deal
  20. Eric Plante

    Eric Plante Adventurer

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    It has been a week since I took possession of my new 2014 white VStrom 1000.

    My dealer Mike from Puslion Suzuki offered me to prep the bike myself. So I did. Really liked this experience as I am already more familiar with the Strom. During the prep I installed some farkles which were already received: wheels stickers, center stand, GPS holder, Hand guards, touring shield.

    I LOVE it! Like everything on this bike but the seat. It is simply to hard (for me and my passenger) for long distance touring. I am having the seat redone next week with a special high density foam. I am now waiting for Touratech to get bash plate, crash bars, Zega Pro cases (3), folding mirrors, folding shifter, folding rear brake. I am also waiting arrival of: Givi aux lights, eated grips, side stickers & mirror extenders.

    Now, I would like to post some pics but I am affraid I don't know how to do it on this site. I will try anyway and we will see if the pics will go through.

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