Upgrading to the 2012 V-strom?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by GypsyWriter, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Titus58

    Titus58 Adventurer

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    Dont know where you're located but here in CA Suzuki is doing demo rides via its its traveling trailer and some dealerships always offer demo rides. I rode the drz400 dualsport and it was a hoot! Ran out of time...my next ride would have been the 2012 wee....just as well...i know i would have liked it and i dont need any temptations right now now.:lol3

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  2. TCAdventure

    TCAdventure Sport Adventurer

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    Yeah, I had to buy my 650 on faith. Fortunately, there are lot of reviews and feedback from Inmates to rely on. I was going on the assumption if I wanted a bike that is light, agile and has maximum fuel efficiency (which I did) I wanted to Wee. However, If someone needs a little more shove or is planning on regular two-up riding the 1000 might be a better choice. I love the little bike and find that its easy "nature" more than makes up for anything given up in the displacement arena. 80 mph on the Eway is a breeze and lock to lock slow speed maneuvers are dead simple. There aren't a lot of bikes that can pull of both so effortlessly. Just my .02.
  3. MEROST

    MEROST Southwest

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    So is $11,000 OTD the going rate for a new Adventure 650? Any dealers have smoking deals on this bike?
  4. shortyellowbus

    shortyellowbus n00b

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    I don't know, I was at Apache on camelback and 35th I didn't look anywhere else. It seemed a little bit high to me but I was ok with that. The 650 was more than the 1000.
  5. Shiny_Simon

    Shiny_Simon Clueless Cruiser Exile

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    And I have heard similar stories on the web. Mine was $8999 plus dealer threw in the tall seat. Was $10,006 otd.
  6. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    10-110K OTD or a 650? Two year old ones can be had for 5K! You guys are retarded. Give your heads a shake. They're top heavy and underpowered on the slab. A KLR or DR will have it for breakfast off piste!
  7. bigskydrift

    bigskydrift dual sport hooligan

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    Mine was $10,120 OTD
  8. shortyellowbus

    shortyellowbus n00b

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    not sure what piste! is. I have a klr and am not looking to get rid of it, was just looking to add a bike. Oh, and I don't think retard is the correct word anymore..that would be offensive to some, you know like calling little people midgets and shit like that.
  9. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    HEHE...never wan any good at political correctness! Off piste is a skiing term for "off trail", piste, being the groomed part of the hill. Cheers
  10. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    Chastised for using the term "retard" by a guy named shortyellowbus! :rofl
  11. shortyellowbus

    shortyellowbus n00b

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    I know right, what was I thinking!!:lol3 I was just messing around...........
  12. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Has Suzuki cured the buffet problems with the pre-2012 fairing/windshield arrangement? Think that's the biggest complaint I've heard about the first generation of these bikes? My local dealer has a fully dressed 2011 DL1000 on the floor for less than the 2012 DL650? What AM I missing?
    Lyle
  13. timspong

    timspong Been here awhile

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    Bigger isn't always better. (as the actress said to the bishop)
  14. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    I've got an 07 DL1000. I have no idea what the buffetting issue is. Now, it could be that I'm short, and the windscreen at its highest setting puts the wind over my head...but I've never experienced it.
  15. Johnny5jz

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    From what I understand Suzuki put a lot of time in the windtunnel with the new bike. I am 6' 3" and I dont notice any buffeting. I really love the new V-Strom. It really handles itself well in the wind. I only have 850 miles on the new bike, but am putting 1000 or so miles on this weekend, so I will know more then.
  16. BeerIsGood

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    +1 and another +1. I have not felt any buffeting with the windshield in the top most position. I wear a Shoei DS Hornet and notice no difference with the visor or without.
  17. 2whl-hoop

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    I've never ridden a pre '12 wee, so I can't compare them, but so far my experience on the '12 is that with shield in the highest position there is minimal buffeting. -BUT- there are other factors that can affect it: 1) crosswinds 2) turbulence from other traffic 3) your choice of helmets: I switched to my Arai XD3 awhile back and it was smoother/quieter than my Shark RSI. I think the peak might act as a spoiler and direct the air over the top of the helmet.

    For me, most of the time, the ride on the '12 wee is smooth and quiet, but in traffic or with heavy cross winds there can still be some buffeting. :deal
  18. Johnny5jz

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    Well, I just put around 800 miles on this weekend. I did not notice any buffeting what so ever. There is a lot of wind noise due to the fact that the windshield is small, and side winds do push the bike some. This thing handled the wind better than my last Harley which weighed 700 lbs. I was very impressed. :clap
  19. Gootch

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    I test rode the 650 Adventure a couple weeks ago and my helmet was slapped around pretty good by the wind. I couldn't keep the faceshield cracked because the wind blasted it bak and forth so fast. That was my only real complaint about the bike. (I can't remember what setting the windshield was on.)

    I liked the bike a lot and thought it revved up to the 80s real easy and also leaned around the twisties just fine. If I bought it I'd probably lower the handlebars a bit and move the pegs either back or down a touch. With that and less wind buffeting I think it would be the perfect mile eater in all kinds of conditions.

    I just couldn't pull the trigger for that money when I have three other bikes sittting around sharing about one day of riding a week (I went from 6 days a week to one when I started taking my wee daughter to daycare a few months ago).
  20. timspong

    timspong Been here awhile

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    I have the adventure and find that the buffeting isn't too bad with the screen on the top setting. Also, I have noticed that the buffeting is a lot less when my visor is up or if I wear an open face helmet. No idea why?