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Old 06-02-2006, 06:29 PM   #31
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

Wow - so you have the 06 FJR 1300 and you prefer the V-Strom 650? I assumed the FJR was the end all --- is it an issue of weight and handling or something else?



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Old 06-02-2006, 09:54 PM   #32
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

Not crazy, because all of us here are. If you can swing it, as I said earlier, keep them both. You may still later want to add another bike to the stable-You never know! Enjoy it now! It's still less expensive than having several different types of cars to meet your desires and far more enjoyable (my opinion).
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Old 06-03-2006, 05:41 PM   #33
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Don't know about the 1 liter strommer, but the 640 is like a Swiss Army Knife, able to do just about anything. Oh, I also ride a Harley. They are so different, but then I ain't always in the same mood either.
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Old 06-04-2006, 11:44 AM   #34
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

I agree with you about the injection mapping of the 996 cc L-twin as it comes from the factory. The SV1000 has similar hiccups. Fortunately, adjusting the throttle position sensor and fitting a smart timing retard eliminator, removes the drivability issues at lower rpms. I am assuming the same or similar fixes are available for the DL1000. But then, we shouldn't have to fix stuff like this and that is a frustration.
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Old 06-06-2006, 11:55 AM   #35
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

I agree that the V-Strom's injection isn't perfect, but compared to the three BMW GS's that I had previously, the injection is spot on. You want frustration and feelings of not getting what you paid for, you missed out on the ultimate of the above with the R1100 and R1150GS's! In 04 they finally corrected fuel injection problems that existed from 1995 until 2004. Surging, bucking, hunting, you name it. Officially BMW never admitted there was an issue at all. Their standard response was that it was rider error. It was really interesting to watch their PR when they corrected the non-problem with the twin plug engine in 04. Do PR departments really think that people buy into the crap they spoon out?
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Old 06-18-2006, 08:19 PM   #36
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

Just as a matter of follow up - because I started this thread...



I bought a 2006 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 !



This bike is absolutely a blast to ride - working with my dealer to get the FI mapping just right but it is killer!



So now I have the Kawasaki 1500 Classic and the V-Strom - both great and both totally different!



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Old 06-20-2006, 06:26 AM   #37
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Default Re: 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 or 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic?

The FJR is a great bike. It is by far the best sport touring bike I have ridden. And I love it for what it does. My point about the V-Strom was that, "if I could only own one bike", I would keep the Suzuki because it does so many things well. It is kind of the Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles. The supprising thing is that even though it is so universal, it doesn't compromise anywhere. Granted the stock windscreen is junk (turbulence) and they are kind of ugly, but other than those issues I think it is a pretty good way to get a garage full of motorcycles for very little money.
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