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Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by markbvt, Jun 1, 2011.
Then why call it "Adventure "..... Because riding to 7/11 is an adventure?
No, but typically, buying a complete OEM package is cheaper, sometimes a lot cheaper, not to mention that the complete package is backed and warrantied by the mfg, not a mix of third-parties.
then a whole lot more better be bolted on then those motech bags/racks, thin looking crash bars and that vario screen! i'd rather spend less and get caribou cases, pat walsh & madstad's offering.
as for warranty, those companies, they are all top notch at standing behind their products and probably better than oem's 12mo. they'll also sell you a replacement part if you break a piece. go to suzuki and they'll probably want to sell the whole complete thing. suzuki is not warrantying something you break, but those companies will offer you an affordable replacement part to get it back together.
i'd take all that any day over the "warranty".
p.s. if indeed suzuki includes their own plate in the package, i'd still get rid of it unless you want adventure in look alone. when you ride off road you throw rocks, sometimes very forcefully, at the motor and plastic doesn't cut it...unless suzuki is hiring hyde or maybe acerbis to do the plastic...but something tells me NO.
it's dunkin' donuts for coffee.
if it was a GS i'd say starbucks.
the DR guys go to 7/11
and the KLR guys have nescafe.
I think you guys are forgetting (understandably) that the manufacturers have already determined that most buyers, some 90+%, never go off-road, so a lack of some parts, like the bash plate, is simply a cost-cutting measure.
If it were truly decked out right, the price would deter most buyers.
I can't tell you the number of 4WD diesel trucks I see parked at the nearby college campus, with never a speck of dust on them, even on the undercarriage, which can easily be seen because they have them jacked up so high.
So the irony remains that the bulk of dual sport riders just want a ride that looks off-road ready.
The remaining less-than-10% seem to be well catered-to by the aftermarket, as best I can tell, exceeded only by the Harley aftermarket.
To be totally honest, since there are few actual standards on the market, the bigger dualsports are a good substitute.
I also think that the side cases, engine guards, and windscreen are probably the most likely of items to be installed by buyers. The way I see it, if you don't like what's offered, then just buy the base model and mod it the way you want. No one's forcing anyone to buy the Adventure model. And let's face it, the "Adventure" tag was slapped on by the marketing folks since that's the genre du jour.
I think both of the above posters are probably right. On the other hand, you hear "Adventure" attached and kind of expect this might be like how the Tiger 800 XC is to the standard Tiger 800 or the same with the BMW 800GS versus the F650. In any case, $8299 for the base model wee-strom seems pretty good and those bags on the Adventure are nice top-loaders. I hope my dealer was just diminshing expectations when he said he figure'd he'd get the wee about April.
I think they should have called it the "Adventure Accessories Package". Not named it as a different version of the bike, as if it was like what the GSA is to the GS in BMW's.
I wish they had offered up the European accessory packages, from a Euro mag;
But any way you slice it, it seems to be a nice bike at a reasonable price, I can't wait to see one. I'll be curious how many of the previous model farkels will work (or not work) on the new style. There will probably be a whole thread dedicated to that alone.
that may be true but if take into account the current included items, then add up the value you will spend less buying them indiv. then as the adv package.
so how is the adv package worth it for anyone except those with 2 left thumbs.
plus, if you're buying a strom in the first place, you ain't the kinda guy to be throwing $ around like it grows on trees. you're watching your bottom line. either suzuki has more to add on or they have a royal fail in their pricing and not many will sell.
some suzuki dealers got the adv concept of the 650 early on and offered there own well done packages in house. http://www.davisservicecenter.com/showcaseproductdetail.htm?ID=-135208&Brand=-9861&Type=-1908&fm=1 if you've got 2 left thumbs consider them for a better pre-built package than oem and probably for less (& getting more). davis has sold many to those who fly in (montrose, colo - telluride) and ride home after an awesome colorado vacation tour.
it's a regional thing. not sure where you're from, but i'm from the west, colorado and have traveled all over the west. most all of the stroms in the mountains and west i've seen are setup to do dirt & do it. maybe where you live is mostly filled with the type you describe. if a truck is setup for wheeling out here, it's wheeled!
I'd like to know if the seat & rear shock will swap; if they do I'd consider picking one up and keep my 07 as a stablemate. One would be more "dirtified" and the new one would be pure street for taking my lady
the shock looks exactly the same.
seat probably too, but still unknown.
My guess would be that the seat will change since the tank is quite a bit different in shape and capacity.
Seat is one of the few things, that is actually fully new on the 2012 model. IMO it´s much better than the old version, too.
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I must say the Black looks a whole lot less like a Girl's Bike than the other...
I'd like to see it with HDB busters, a proper skidplate, conical/round mirrors, mudflap, get rid of the stupid laminar flip air disturber, real tires, a few well placed splotches of mud, dirt, and scratches
DR guys do Barbeque Adventure!
by the longest, worst roads possible
You're supposed to supply those last things yourself.
Looks like they will call it the "adventure" and it has all the extras already bolted on for another $1500 bucks extra. :eek1
Same with the 1000.
my lovely K4 can testify
In fact, I just got through doing a bit of a makeover to mask the scars and gouges on the sidecovers - undertaken after my wife decided to back into it one pleasant sunday morning, and left it for dead for about 4 hours before telling me.
So - tried to find COLORS in DIY bedliner but to no avail. So resurfaced and finished with some duplicolor.. I was really tired of all black all the time so:
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I like the new bike, but it's just not that much better/different than what I have. Suzuki +2" of suspension/ground clearance please. I'll be keeping my '09 for a while.