Show us your Suzukis and explain why you prefer them

Discussion in 'Photos' started by ThomasVolomitz, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    this is my latest toy. It is very smooth and comfortable after years of riding single cylinder dirt bikes.
    Value for money and a good reputation for reliability is why I bought it.
    Suzuki should add a wire wheel option for the Adventure model.

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  2. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    I've had good number of Suzuki, all of them have in common that they are cheap, most under $2k when purchased later sold for profit.

    I started with a DRZ400, thought it would be a nice dual sport, simple engine to work with, enough power to get me everywhere, but it turned out to be too much engine vibe for road use and heavy for me off-road. Replaced it w/KLX300, much happier.

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    For 2-up riding, there is no other better for my wife as the Burgman 650, twist-n-go triple digit speed still rock solid, passenger seating comfort, uber underseat storage, very fun ride w/a partner:
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    I've had a few Bandits, I like them for the smooth engine, nice torquey throttle response for inline-4, upright riding position, rock solid engines and easy maintenance, and ids seem to love Bandit, too.
    But they are a bit heavy for me, upright riding position doesn't work for me on long distance, so I sold them all after a while.

    First one was a 01 Bandit 600:
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    Then a 03 Bandit 1200 from salvage yard, bought under $2k sold for $3.2k 4 months later:
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    Then a 01 Bandit 1200 to replace the sold one..
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    SV650s, got me hooked on cheap thrills. Light handling, nimble for its powerplant, decent riding position, narrow between the legs, rock solid engine, easy maintenance.
    Like an idiot I sold it when someone offered me more than I paid for it.
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    then I had to get another one, sold that one, too when some one offered me even more $$:
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    With the profit I made, I figure I''d splurge, but had to sell it because I got laidoff from my job 10 mo. later:
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    After a while miss the SV too much to be without one, so I got a pair of them:
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    Then sold both for profit.. after 9 mo without an SV, it was time for my current SV, likely I'll keep this one for a while:
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    I have also had Katanas. Similar to the Bandits, I like the Katana engine and easy maintenance. 6-speed gear box vs Bandit's 5-speed.
    My first one came with a sidecar:
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    Had more fun on it as a normal bike:
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    Sold the sidecar rig to make room in garage, handling of the sidecar was just too much hassle for fun riding.

    Just couple of months ago, I'm back on another Katana, just love it for my twice a week, 125 mile highway commute, I just lay on the tankbag and cruise for 2 hours:
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  3. ishmac

    ishmac Been here awhile

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  4. hyper7driver

    hyper7driver Adventurer

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    My 1996 VS800

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    The DRZ400, (his.)
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    The DR200, (hers.)
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    The DL650, (ours.)
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  5. 5punksdad

    5punksdad Tag-Master-Flash

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  6. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Suzuki's, I've had many of them.

    I've bought this GS850 for commuting and it brought me to work and home for 4 years without any problems. After these 4 years it had 115000 miles on the odo and I sold it for roughly the same amount as I bought it for.

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    For my wife I bought this GS850 GL. She loved to ride it and surprised many of her riding girlfriends with the power and smoothness of the engine.
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    The yellow beak in my avatar is the front of my GSX1100 (or GS1100 E as it is called at your side of the big lake).
    This heavily modified '83 is a very lightweight, powerfull and fun thing to ride. I've had it for 20 years now and it still makes me smile.

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    Some of the other Suzi's I've had:
    GS750 in mint condition:
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    A LS 650 behind my Trabant:
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    Next to these I've had 2 GS1000, a GR650, a GS450, a rotten GS750 a SP370 and a DR350. I'll have to look for some more photographs.

    And my little fun bike to play around in the rough, a TS 185:

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  7. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    I started this thread quite a while ago and must say, the Trabant picture is the coolest yet!!!
  8. shupe

    shupe Been here awhile

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  9. -FreaK-

    -FreaK- XT 600 Z [34L]

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    shup; I take it you've learned your life lessons reading motorcycle instructions and sales adverts :p

    Here's mine. A Dr 800 or also know as DR big. Most likely due to the big bore single 800cc that propels it forward..:wink: Meaning a lot of low down torq to play with and being that its build by japanese and them contemplating a balancing shaft in the engine design process it's still a fairly comfortable bike to drive. Definitely big trip worthy.

    i bought it last year to go offroading in the alps. At 200 kilo no lightweight but as long as you keep it going it gets you through the rough stuff. After that it stuck i guess. The good sound it produces, the seating position being dead on for me. yeah it made me a believer :D.

    I just finished her up today for its upcoming big trip to the UK next week.

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  10. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    And another one of my GSX1100:
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  11. markplace

    markplace Been here awhile

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  12. Not Dave

    Not Dave I smell bacon

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    Excellent photo. Though the sun is in the background you lit up the shaded side of the bike. Good balance.
  13. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    like them DRs
  14. kwb377

    kwb377 Non-Professional Rider On A Not-So-Closed Course

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  15. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    That is nice!!!
  16. Fly Rider

    Fly Rider Adventurer

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    Rode a KLR for 2 years then realized that I don't really go off-road much. I decided I wanted something a little faster, more "street-worthy", and more comfortable. After much research I got a '06 V-Strom 650. What an awesome bike that was.

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    Sold the bike in '08 to help make ends meet but I always regretted selling her. Finally decided to get back into the game this year and went straight to the Suzuki dealer. Once I saw the new Strom's I knew I had no other options. Here is my new 2014 V-Strom 650. Notice the available surface area created by the rear seat/rack. Tons of room to strap things down! Awesome bike (even better than my '06).

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    My wife had an '06 DRZ400SM. Fit her just right.

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  17. DirtyBuster

    DirtyBuster Adventurer

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    I like all bikes made in Japan, how can you go wrong with the price and quality.I ride because I love to ride not because I want to show how much I have spent.

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  18. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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  19. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    When the DR came out in this color I wanted one badly.
    Your bike looks great.
  20. 303whodat

    303whodat Adventurer

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    05 burgman 650 that takes me everywhere. Only my 4th bike lifetime, my second Suzuki, and I can't wait to see where I go next on her. Luckily, Colorado has lots of options.