2014 DL1000 Vstrom

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

  1. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    "This motorcycle has entirely too much ground clearance. Find me something-- anything-- to stuff underneath it to insure a costly repair or a massive, Rube Goldberg bash guard. I want it 10 cm off the ground at maximum with a 75 kg rider. Make it happen."

    "what if we put the oil filter right behind the red hot header?"

    "Excellent idea!"
  2. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.

    I haven't done fuck-all to my final drive in 75,000 miles aside from changing the oil.

    I changed the gearing on my XR250 in 1984 when it was new.
    I change the gearing on my DR350 after one season.
    I changed the gearing back and forth on the XR400 so many times I don't know what on it now.
    I changed the gearing on my 1150 GS with a different final drive to make it easier to ride foolish trails in 1st gear.
    I changed the gearing on my Strom 1000 a few teeth in the rear.
    I changed the gearing on my F650 Dakar after I traded the Strom for it. Then changed it back.

    400 miles is what I do on an average day with a pillion and we did a couple 600 mile days this last trip.
    From where I live it's 3 days of heavy lifting to get anywhere interesting in the States.
  3. Br@dy

    Br@dy n00b

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    As someone who is looking to get into casual ADV riding next year I am looking forward to how this bike turns out in fall. The styling looks MUCH better then previous years. Good to have options against a Versys1000, Tiger800xc, etc.
  4. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    I wonder how much it'll weigh? The vid makes a lot of the agility angle. Final price will be key too. I'm hoping 220kg and about £10,000 GBP.
  5. precarious

    precarious Been here awhile

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    Why do guys get so frustrated with having to buy aftermarket seats? I mean, I understand that when you spend $12K, you ought to be able to enjoy it for more than 30 minutes at a whack, but we all know that OE seats suck with few exceptions. It is what it is, and it's not a surprise. You've already spent the money, what's another $450 for a good seat?

    I'm more disappointed in the vast array of sub-par headlights. The lights on my Subaru are awesome; the light on my GS sucks. Some of us do ride at night. I miss the lights of the Strom.
  6. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I just expect to have to change the seat and the windshield on every bike I buy. I don't know how the OEM's could produce something that makes every one happy. Everyone has different tastes and expectations. We come in an infinite number of sizes. Even weather can affect how we relate to our bikes. One size does not fit all.

    Having said that, I always TRY to be happy with the OEM seat and windshield. 4000 miles on the DL650 Adventure now, and I am still using both, with no plans to change anytime soon. Also the seat I had on my DL1000 was pretty good for a factory seat. I expect Suzuki will do a good job with the seat on the new bike.

    I just bought my DL650 a couple of months ago, now I am wondering how do I talk the wife into the new DL1000. :lol3
  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    You don't, just buy one in the same color.... :lol3
  8. Jrjoyce2007

    Jrjoyce2007 ADVenture Addict

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    Damn. Looks to much like a Tiger to me.
  9. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I was looking at BMW's once, and the salesman suggested the same thing. "as long as it's the same color, she will never know".

    I got to take home a Triumph Trophy 900 once when they were knew. My bike was red, this one was green. I think she must have walked past it about a dozen times before she realized it was different.
    :huh
  10. coneye

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    You don't, just buy one in the same color.... :lol3

    Its worked for me quite a few times, used to be black bikes , changed cruisers regular has long has it was black they all looked the same to her , then i stuffed up and bought a blue rocket , 4 years later i've still got it .

    Missis actually seen my strom the other day , when i pulled in the drive ,instead of the garage , at the side of the house, which she NEVER goes in .

    She asked me what sort of bike is it , knowing that she got the shits because i traded my bonnie for it , making it my new bike 5 in 4 years , i knew she was being crafty , so i told her its a yammy suki .

    Point being , after 3 weeks with the 650 , i'm now thinking a bit more power might be in order , so if the new strom comes out in white , its looking good , or maybe a tenere , sprayed white .

    Only thinking at this stage because the 650 is a good bike just a bit slow . but i have to remind myself everything is going to be slow when i jump from them to a rocket.

    Really i just want to be J Leno , what i would give to own all them bikes .
  11. duckman

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    my 04 dl1000 will probably be my favorite all time bike.i'm trying to like this new vstrom, and no offense to those that own one but i can't, its stupid looking. i didn't buy a multi strada for the same reason and i'm sure its a great riding bike.bmw can make a beak that looks tuff why can't suzuki. suzuki's beak looks like a beak. the over all look is also too heavy.i'm sorry i wanted to like it
  12. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    It IS a heavy bike. Liter size, big heavy roadbike. Adventure bike??? I dunno. :dunno For some it will be.

    You must be the one odd man out that likes the looks of the old 'strom. I had one of the first ones and I liked it, but a 'strada has zing and it just didn't have zip in comparison. :freaky
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    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    WOW, he did an amazingly good "sketch" of a BMW 1200GS right in the center of all the other "sketches".
  14. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Yeah, that IS a GS.

    The only issue I have with this is just who is this guy anyway? Why is he such an authority? Plus, the creation of a successful adventure touring bike is not just about how it looks. So all that crap is just, well, all that crap. They're all about how it looks to attract the buyer. What about the basic parts bin components that get fit on them, and the basic streetbike functionality? It seems to be good enough to keep the owners happy, most of them just love these things. Having owned one, when it came time to pick another one, it wasn't even a consideration. Doesn't that tell you something? Don't we gain experience and discernment once we've spent time with a particular machine?

    In my experience the japenese four are clunky in comparison to the european bikes. Components are cheaper made, sometimes more crudely, and the refinement just isn't there. OTOH, will they get you from A to B?? Certainly! And they're cheap so I think that's why guys like them. Many just don't have the $$ to pony up for something expensive, and many just don't want to make the committment that some require. I'm in the same boat - was looking at a new GS triple-black, was going to be about $23K OTD. That just wasn't in the cards for me, plus I didn't want that much invested into what it was even if I could swing the $$.

    So a new 'strom is going to be a big success anyway, regardless of what it really is, whether it's a home-run in the performance department or not. At least it will look good, and look the part. Starbucks here we come. :lol3
  15. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The designer seems knowledgeable and committed, spending countless hours on this project. Which makes it all the more baffling how he could come up with that goofy beak and possibly think it looks good. :eek1

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  16. Crilly

    Crilly Been here awhile

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    :cry:rofl. It looks like Woody the Woodpecker.
  17. Fat Toney

    Fat Toney Up Yours PoopSicle

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    I like it...I'm looking forward to trading in my '03 1k :clap:D :toney
  18. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Teneres come in white, this fully farkled nearly new one is a pretty damn good deal.

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    http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=8841.0
  19. Bolzen

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    You see what it came to -- some ST is flaunting its superiority on the new rooster thread now. It can happen once in a blue moon, but Zuki did it :D Congratulations, 'twas not so easy to spoil the Vee's design, one had really to build a new model.

    I can find lots of imperfections in just about any adv tourer delineation: asymmetry, breaking or irrelevant lines, small, ugly or cyclop headlights, disconnected or nonsequential color schemes, disproportion and so on. And whos gonna pin-point a flaw in this?

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    :deal
  20. Mighty Kentor

    Mighty Kentor Been here awhile

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    A big appeal of the V-Strom to me is that it doesn't weigh the better part of a ton. I'm a fan of the Tenere, but that heft is unnecessary. I'm hoping the new DL1000 is equal or less weight than it's predecessor.

    Waaaay back in the day. I used to love my '00 ZX-9R, 400 lbs, loads of ponies for the street, but also owned a '99 VFR and wished I could blend the comfort of the VFR with the light weight of the ninja.

    Why can't the ADV and touring bikes come in at a reasonable weight? BMW, bless their hearts are doing okay with the GS series, but I'll not buy a BMW for reliability reasons. I don't trust them like I do the big four.

    Why do the Yammy, Triumph and Honda options have to weigh so much? The magazines boast that they ride so nicely despite their weight, what engineering!!! I'd rather the engineers use their talents to shave pounds.


    On another topic. I haven't seen a pic of the new DL1000 where it has a center stand. If it couldn't accommodate one, that would be a deal breaker for me.