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Old 02-08-2004, 12:19 PM   #51
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:07 AM   #52
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Default Re: As Big As This Year's Superbike Comparo...well okay maybe not

The Z750 and the ZR7S are in no way the same. Take a look at the Brit rags or Kawasaki UK.
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Old 02-11-2004, 01:59 PM   #53
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Default Re: 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650

Does anyone have the quarter mile stats on the DL650? As I recall, the SV650 can barely break the ton in the 1/4m. The DL650 would likely be beneath this, unless the midrange beaf-up tips the scales.



I'm concerned that the 650 would feel too underpowered when riding with a pillion.



Regardless, it's a very attractive bike to consider - has a real gentleman's quality about it, no?
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Old 02-14-2004, 11:19 AM   #54
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Default Re: 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650

Close, so close. As an ole phart serious LD rider, the V-Strom 650 would be my dream bike except for the high pipe impeding proper luggage and the CHAIN. If Suzuki offered this bike with low pipes and drive shaft they would have a million-seller touring bike. I keep my Hondapodamus ST1100 only because it has shaft drive. Other than that, I would dump it in a heartbeat for a lighter twin with civilized ergos. I love my W650 twin........but hate the chain work on every trip. Suzuki is sitting on a gold mine and doesn't know it. Just the opinion of an ole phart
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Old 03-21-2004, 04:20 PM   #55
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Default Re: 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650

I bought one, a DL650, and really like it. With out the DL series bikes, I would still be looking for the right bike. Why is it so difficult to find a bike with an up-right seating position & wind protection that is not a cruiser or a huge touring bike? With the SV650 you have to choose between up-right seating or wind protection and neither one is implemented as well as the DL650. There must be a large untapped market out there for a truly practical bike or am I "Abby Normal"?
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Old 04-26-2004, 03:08 PM   #56
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Default Re: 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650

I agree. I will probally buy one in the next few days.

In the review, it is mentioned that the forks are conventional on the 650 and cartridge on the 1000. On the Suzuki web they claim that the 650 has "cartridge-type" (same wording) on both 650 and 1000. Who is correct?
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Old 05-24-2004, 02:01 PM   #57
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Default Re: 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650

Excellent Review!

I went down to my friendly Suzuki dealer to check this machine out, and it is a perfect fit. I am a big guy (6'1" 205) and my knees tuck in nicely under the tank. Looks easy to maintain--provided that you buy a centerstand.

Anybody own one? How is chain maintenance? I am riding this baby to work on my arch nemesis (the F#$&'n 405) What about valve adjustments? No mention of either in the review. Anybody try out the Power Commander on this machine?

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Old 07-13-2006, 10:59 PM   #58
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Default Re: 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650

help- I am thinking of buying either a new Honda Transalp 650 or a V Strom 650 for a mix of bitumen and unsealed road use. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has experience at riding or owning either or both. In Australia they are both approx the same price.
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