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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2001, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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New DL1000 Suzuki Sport-touring

This is an intriguing new model. Great motor and what appears to be a good suspension set up too. Should be fun in the canyons, open roads and perhaps down a fire road as well.
6"+ suspension front & rear (cartidge forks)
1000cc V-twin, retuned for lower end grunt
Decent small fairing
EFI
$8800 retail
Lot's of hop-up stuff for it's sibling models.

I've been wondering if they'd do the same sort of thing with the SV650, they'd have a pair of Super Motards on steroids!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2001, 06:57 AM
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Ahh, the new Suzuki V-STROM.....the bike made for dyslexic riders

I heard that the U.S. wasn't getting them. I'm sure I'll be corrected if wrong.

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They're waiting to see if it's really cool before they make their decision. According to history, if it turns out to be really cool, then we won't get it.

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They're on the US Dealer order manifests and posted on the Suzuki website for USA markets. I would say they'll be in showrooms by Christmas, or sooner.

These types of bikes have been good sellers in Europe but didn't seem to catch on here. I think the Europeans found the benefits of this type of bike, however the packaging (Dakar lookalikes) turned off the USA buyer. However, look at the great success BMW has had with their GS bikes and the USA market may have given the green light to more of this category. I'm also quite taken with the new Triumph Tiger, with that killer Daytona motor, however it's really tall and I'm not, which makes it a tad unweildy.

In any event, it will be interesting to see the reviews on this bike, it does look promising.

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What, is it ugly exhaust can year for everyone but Yamaha here?

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2001, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Chalk up the "Ugly Can Years" to noise regs for the most part. I also suspect that many manufacturers are recognizing that a large portion of the market replaces stock exhaust systems, so there's no economic sense in builing nice stock systems.

I know that HD intentionally uses lower-end mufflers as better than 90% of stock exhaust systems are replaced. (Excluding the black systems)

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I saw one at the Dallas motorcycle show. It is a big bike, much bigger than it looks in the photos.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-13-2002, 06:45 AM
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Looks kind a like the Yamaha 2002 TDM 900. I don't really like the looks of either. I think it is that funky fairing.


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