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View Poll Results: The V-Strom is...
Definitely 76 24.92%
an interesting work of machinery. 28 9.18%
not my cup of plastic. 20 6.56%
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Old 05-10-2002, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default Re: Suzuki V-Strom DL1000

Ah, first post!



I've had my V-Strom for 5 weeks. Overall, I'm very happy with the bike. It reminds me all the world of my '98 Triumph Sprint. I have to agree about the turbulence at supral-legal highway speeds.



I had a chance last week to ride it back-to-back with a Capo Nord. The V-Strom has a much, much better engine, and it carries its weight much better.
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Old 05-10-2002, 05:13 PM   #2
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I had a chance to ride one a few weeks ago, A terrific bike! I'm considering buying one, though it's a stretch, financially.
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Old 05-10-2002, 05:21 PM   #3
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I've also had my V Strom for a few weeks and have found it to be a fantastic bike. I own 7 other bikes, from Duke to F41 and R1100R and it almost makes the other bikes redundant. A bike like the V Strom has to be a compromise of sorts but they have done a great job. Compared to the GS, Capo Nord etc the V Strom feels light and is much less work around the twisties. In fact a friend of mine who owns a GS is trading it in for the V Strom
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Old 05-10-2002, 06:12 PM   #4
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For once, a review that makes me feel like I understand what the bike is and what it does. Thanks, guys.



Would I like one? Well.. First, my experience has been that Suzukis tend to be the most for the money, though not necessarily "the most". (except durability - the second owner of my shaftie GSX1100G is still running strong, and it's well on its way to rolling over the odometer again)



And there are times when I sure wish my behemoth motor works (get it??) R1100GS, which REALLY IS the most in that particular category, weren't such a biggie. But, where I live there are potholes and frost heave in the pavement and sometimes no pavement at all, and the review leaves me the strong impression I'd have to nurse the V-Strom instead of just plowing through. But at 100 pounds lighter, it might not be that hard to keep it moving.
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Old 05-10-2002, 06:55 PM   #5
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Default Re: Suzuki V-Strom DL1000

I have a TL1000S and the power commander did wonders for it, particularly below 5,000 rpm.



Now let's take that refined TL motor, keep the V-Strom frame, and make an SV1000S already!
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Old 05-10-2002, 08:21 PM   #6
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I've had mine for 3 weeks, and I'm very happy with it. IMO, what's special about this bike is what a solid, overall package it is. I know that sounds boring, but a lot of people need an Accord or Camry, even though an S-2000 is faster, and an F-150 hauls more. It does everything quite well (except dirt- that's hype) and it's a hoot to drive, and it doesn't cost $15,000.



It's big, comfy and relaxed at the same time it's light, nimble and fast. A paradox? Yup.



I've got Givi racks ordered, a screen and centerstand as soon as I can find them, and plan to use it for light-touring as well as a fun, all-arounder. I'm guessing I'm not the only guy between 35 and 65 who wants something fun but sane.



Very accurate review. Keep up the good work.
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Old 05-10-2002, 09:12 PM   #7
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DANG! link broken and I cannot read the full story! arg maybe tomorrow...
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Old 05-10-2002, 10:44 PM   #8
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Oopsie. Being the last one to work on the story makes it hard to self check. Thankfully the error was in the news interface where I can fix it from home.
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Old 05-11-2002, 12:11 AM   #9
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Heeheh works now! What attention to detail, what work ethic, what.......brown nosing by me.. interesting story. I always like the notes on how the fit is for different height riders (im a robust 6'7" sounds like this bike is "average" meaning good on many aspects, but not really excelling over the competition. Im in the market for some type of sport-tourer, but this one appears to be perfect...for someone other than myself.
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Old 05-11-2002, 12:12 AM   #10
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I agree with JB, I just don't understand why the Japanese manufacturers keep detuning, sorry tuning for torque, their motors when they put them in different bikes. One of the bikes I own is a Tl1000s and there is no way I would have thought that it needed to be re-tuned for more bottom end! Of course lowering the gearing a tad helped, but heck, if I could increase the bottom end (via gearing) just by slinging on a smaller sprocket why couldn't Suzuki just do this for the V-Strom and keep the 115hp motor? The only downside would have been a top end of "only" 140-ish mph....
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