2014 DL1000 Vstrom

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

  1. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    Thats a matter of opinion.

    In NZ we have the DR, KLR and 660 Tenere. I know a couple of guys that have ridden and/or owned both bikes and there's pro's and con's each way. The Tenere is more comforatble on the road and has a better screen but it's also much heavier with a much higher centre of gravity. On unsealed roads there doesn't seem to be much in it but it seems generally accepted that once the going gets rough the Tenere is not as good off road.
  2. Pecha72

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    Well, Honda Crosstourer and Kawi Versys 1000 should also be counted into this category, even though they are very much street-oriented. I don´t know, if you get these models in the US, though.

    The trends have always come and gone in motorcycle industry, just like everywhere else. Ten years ago, sportsbikes were a big thing. And now their sales are close to zero, and the factories don´t even want to make new sport-models, because they don´t sell. Personally I´m glad to see, that ADV bikes have become so popular, as they´ve always been to my personal taste, and are very capable for almost anything. I certainly don´t mind, if they´ll stay popular for a long time.
  3. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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  4. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    Interesting, those "spy pics" give the bike much less of a Darkwing duck appearance than the red concept bike. I rather like it in white.
  5. danketchpel

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    Hmm, interesting feedback. I'll take your word for it as we don't get to compare them here. The 660 sure appears much more modern.

    I wish we had the opportunity to purchase the larger offerings from Honda and Kawasaki......... grrrr. I know somebody who works at Kawasaki and they brought in the Versys 1000 for the employees to evaluate. In the end the powers that be decided it wouldn't sell enough to warrant getting it passed through the US regs, bummer. I think they may have been wrong but I don't know the costs of getting it approved for sale here. Our vehicle regs keep us from getting a lot of nice things......, super grrrrrr.
  6. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I noticed that too, they must have come to their senses and redesigned the beak.
  7. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    In a few years all adventure bikes will look the same. Like what happened to the Cell Phone. On the up side, the bike manufactures will be continuing to offer more sophisticated bikes that work better each year and have more features.
  8. Pablodakar

    Pablodakar Been here awhile

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    nice Trail, and reliable (a lot... maybe, the best).

    but suzuki can make a dual-sport with minor changes:

    DR Big 1000? :evil

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  9. tokyo

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    I am actually liking the underbelly exhaust systems that more bikes have lately, like Buell, Versys, New FZ-09 etc, and the way it cleans up the rear of the bike.

    This looks a little bit like they forgot about the exhaust until the design was complete and had to stick it somewhere. I know of course that wasn't the case, but I wish they could have tucked it in somewhere..
  10. eakins

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    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.
  11. Mighty Kentor

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    That's the first pic I've seen of the new Vee that I like.
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    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.
  13. GrahamD

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    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. :D
  14. Slobert

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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.
  15. Mighty Kentor

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    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.
  16. Dolly Sod

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    Why not just spring for an aftermarket center stand?

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

    YMMV..
  17. coneye

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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 , .
  18. Bama67

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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. :D
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    Now you gone and done it. Everyone will be waiting for the DRZ-900S now. :ddog

    I wonder if Suzuki is planning a giant model carpet bombing campaign. :lol3