2014 DL1000 Vstrom

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

  1. MXG

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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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    Crap!!! "Their" gearing. Oops.
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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.
  4. MXG

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    Let me qualify that musing I had. Change the gearing on a street bike, most pure off road bikes get the gearing ratios changed.
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    I want to say that many of the folks with the older DL1000 would drop a tooth on the counter sprocket to quicken acceleration and to make 6th gear usable for legal speeds.

    Seem to also remember that being the case for older Ducatis, because they would come from Italy with really tall gearing to help them meet USA emissions. One of the first things to do would be to swap out the CS to liven up the motor.
  6. Pecha72

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    Bingo!!

    If I´d get to design the PERFECT ADV TOURER (for me!), I would have an enclosed chain on it. Even that solution has a few possible pitfalls, it should not mess up changing tyres, and chain adjustment must be easily checked. But those issues can be solved, and all things considered, it could be just like you said, best of both worlds (by far) especially for this kind of bike.

    And I agree, that somebody would then ditch that bike, because this solution will have a slightly lower poser-value at Starbucks.... :lol3
  7. twinrider

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    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    I think the in the flesh road test pics make the bike look waaaaay cooler than I'd initially thought from the concept. Maybe it's just the color.
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    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    That does look ok in that pic. Need one from the side to examine the beak...
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    The exhaust headers look awfully low to the ground for an adv bike. Looks a lot like the last gen multistrada.
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    Oops followed the link:

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    is that fella 4'6" or what?
  14. gunnyrob

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    bike looks nice:D put in heated grips, abs, a couple of accessory sockets, engine/radiator guards, and a reasonable price, I'm trading the R1200GS as soon as it comes available.
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    Actually I think it looks a bit like a big GS, but with chain drive, and without the protruding cylinders.... :lol3
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    http://rideapart.com/2013/07/2014-suzuki-v-strom-1000-designer-talks-details/

    These might be the same videos already seen here, but my impression is that off-roadability is not at the top of the list. This will be more geared towards the Multistrada/Tiger Explorer/Capanord crowd than the GS/Tenere/800 XC crowd. This dissapoints me a little bit, but I guess Yamaha makes a nice Japanese off-roader if that is what I'm looking for in a bike. I thought Suzuki would go down the Yamaha path more than the Honda Crosstourer path though...:(

    However, the NC700X might be Honda's best effort yet, and be just as capable off-road as the new Vee, but for almost 60% of the price.
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    nothing new. the existing 650 & 1000s have that now.
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    liking the looks in white!
    we'll see what the price is but i'm guessing much less than other big ADV bikes on the market. this bike could be a real sales winner for Suzuki.
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    it's the same amount of "off-roadness" that currently have in the existing 1000. since this has better suspension, i'd say it's an improvement. still has a 19" front wheel so proper ADV tires are available. also guessing the newer cast wheels will be even stronger than the previous ones which Suzuki has been using forever...so that's also an improvement too.
  20. twinrider

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    Like someone else mentioned I thought Suzuki would be making it a bit more adv-oriented to better compete with the Tenere and GS.