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Old 07-02-2011, 08:50 PM   #16
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I like it and so does my mrs.
If we had of done a bit more research and waited a tiny bit longer we would have realised it was coming and might have waited till it was here instead of buying a 2011 wee.
That said we both love what we have
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:46 AM   #17
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cost vs return??

I am sure that Suzuki is like most of the bike companys...just getting buy. The cost of making an 800 cc motor is expensive. One cannot, in most cases, just bore it out and there you are.
Cost is a big issue since a lot of people are trying to survive on less money than they made 20 years buying power.
I'm sure this bike will be a great bike. It is what it is...dependable...and a nice ride. Looking back at the stuff I rode in the '60's....I would have "killed" for this bike when I was a young kid. Everything, today, is very good.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:36 AM   #18
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I am real glad Suzuki didn't cave and go 800cc. Would have been a real loss. This bigger is better.... I need more power, my dick is bigger than yours attitude just kills me. The 650 is plenty of go for most riders who are interested in a Strom style bike.
Upping the displacement would have forced an upgrade in price and insurance as well and that's not a good thing as one of the big things going for it is the cost of buying and ownership.

As far as looks... the jury is still deliberating here. I'll have to see it in person before I decide.

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Old 07-03-2011, 04:27 AM   #19
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Love it.... Will be buying one (letting the Versys go)....
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:46 AM   #20
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I like what we're seeing there. Barring a really smoking deal on an earlier model, I'm going to try to get one.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:08 AM   #21
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It looks better , and has better mpg , so i think its a very good upgrade from Suzuki!

Of course i would love a a 21'' , 800cc , top spec suspension new bike from Suzuki , but had Suzuki made such a bike , it should be called DR something , not DL...(and for the price ,i would probably chose the BMW or triumph over Suzuki)
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:16 AM   #22
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Thumbs down

It looks goofy(er). Too busy and I can't see how that fairing could possibly be more effective. Won't get one for the same reason I didn't get the old one. Its stupid looking and there are much better, much more interesting motorcycles for not that much more money.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:24 AM   #23
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I agree on keeping the 650 V-twin in it, it's a great little motor that has good MPG etc etc but.......they could have atleast provided a decent suspension upgrade (or an option maybe?). That suspension looks just like the older model which is far too soft and non adjustable - the reason I would never buy one and the reason why I got rid of my SV after 8 months with it.....

If you wanted a great commuter that is cheap to run and that can handle a little bit of the loose stuff (not much mind!) then it would be a good choice...but if you go looking for more than that you would be very disappointed IMHO

Tis a shame KTM don't make an LC4 adventure anymore, that for me would be the ideal middle weight all rounder
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:55 AM   #24
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i see it is narrower and offers a "low" seat option. if that is enough to get the balls of my feet on the ground when i'm sitting on it, i might actually buy one. whatever other changes they made to it aside ... thats the difference that would make me a weestrom owner
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:55 AM   #25
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A smart, budget conscious refinement of the ever popular WeeStrom, however the radical reshaping of the fairing's lower cowlings should (sure as Hell better), near eliminate the VStrom's unloading of the front end at speed.

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Old 07-03-2011, 09:05 AM   #26
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I like it........... The tail looks better for sure.

And that is most important. Is it not? For that is the area of the bike that most people see anyway. After they are passed.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:10 AM   #27
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Just saw the pics of the new model. Me likey!
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:21 AM   #28
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I like it a lot.

The marketing campaign was way off though. It's like Suzuki didn't tell the agency it wasn't a brand new bike but a mild update of a current bike. Way overblown.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:25 PM   #29
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Like others, I wasn't a fan of how Suzuki was trying to tease this thing out, but I do like the bike. I think it'll be between this and the Tiger 800 when the time comes.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:49 PM   #30
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I like the new looks and the update is reasonable given the current financial climate around the world.

I would like to know the price before I drop some cash on it though. However it does make my short list for the time being.....
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