Suzuki finally updating the Wee-Strom?

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by markbvt, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    It's got BMW disease. Looks OK until you have to confront it head on. :eek1

    But if it's a good thing I don't really give a toss. I have been getting used to the ummm "practical" look for years.

    Regardless it's not quite the direction I am looking at the moment.

    Anyway, sorry everyone. Back to those Sexy Stroms :deal
  2. Southerner

    Southerner Been here awhile

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    Actually, I think it looks pretty good, in a post-apocalyptic, machine-age way.

    But really, as far as any dual-sport is concerned, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    That picture also shows the standard motorcycle seating position and what looks like a very good seat.
  3. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    I didn't think it was possible, but those clever Kawa guys came up with something that is uglier than a V-Strom. that thing is hideous
    Anyone that pilots one of those is masochistic
  4. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    I don't know... it looks boring to me. Even the rider looks like he is falling asleep on it.
  5. eakins

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    here's another color.
    but yeah i noticed the guy closing his eyes for the pic. :lol3

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  6. Southerner

    Southerner Been here awhile

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    I found something that might shed some light on this. Just went to the 2012 Kawasaki website and I noted that the 650 Versys is not listed under:
    (1) Dualsport
    (2) Offroad or
    (3) Touring

    Puzzled, I went to
    (4) Supersport Touring

    Still nothing.

    It is listed under SPORT. So I guess that unlike some other Japanese manufacturers, they've dropped the dualsport pretense altogether. Whereas, I can't imagine anybody buying a KLR and NOT going off road. I mean WHY?

    It makes sense then, that they might produce a 1000, seeing as they do that 97% of buyers never leave the pavement. I don't see the point of using an inline 4 off-road, anyway.

    I say bring it on. And I like the stack-barrel headlights better than side-by-side. And even more than BMW's obsession with the asymmetrical. I think that inside the mind of every German design engineer is an ME 109 screaming to get out.
  7. Operator7G

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    That color actually managed to make it even uglier....
  8. GrahamD

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    I get it now!!

    They are picking up on the Steam Punk trend.

    Very Hip Mr KAWASAKI. :deal
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    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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  10. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just glad to be here.

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    Emailed my "best deal" dealer yesterday, here is what he replied with...

    Man, I want to get one. Looks like the "ADV" model is getting released first. I just want the standard version. I sure like this cowling too. Takes a bit of the UGLY off the bike...:lol3 I just hope it's not $500 bucks or something...

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  11. Southerner

    Southerner Been here awhile

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    Yeah, he mentions the older bike and that's it.

    So if we don't like it, it's the Europeans' fault, eh? Which means, as we already knew, that Yerp drives the ADV market and we're lucky we get any of it. I guess it also means that they are the ones who use them 90%+ of the time on the pavement.
  12. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Looks familiar...

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  13. Don T

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    As I'm currently looking for a new ride, I spend the weekend in Milan visiting the EICMA.

    Here is what the new V-Strom looked like on the Touratech stand:
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    I allso had a chance to take the Wee for a short spin:
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    It feels much lighter than the old 650, and both engine, clutch and gearbox are smoother.
  14. coast range rider

    coast range rider Been here awhile

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  15. OaklandStrom

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    I think if I had knobbies that big, I'd want a high fender to go with it.
  16. Ride_There

    Ride_There Will ride for bacon.

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    Stay out of the mud and it will be fine. Its far to much bike for mud anyways.:D
  17. PeterW

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    The few times I've been in mud, surprisingly good.

    I fear really sticky mud or "bottomless", but watery stuff the DL just sank to the bottom and even with DS tires just chugged through and came out nice and easy.

    The lighter bikes had more problems, less weight, less grip, and making forward progress by spinning the rear wheel (Then finding grip and throwing riders into the slop) ;)

    I'll concede a certain amount of luck, but it was a lot less ugly than I expected.

    Pete
  18. Murphy Slaw

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    I hear ya.

    I can see a limestone rock causing a low speed whattheshit..........

    :huh
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    Seen on the DL650 list.
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  20. Jccc

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    Nice! Looks like the Gunks and parts of the Hudson Valley area. I could be wrong but those roads look very familiar.