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Old 11-15-2007, 06:19 PM   #1
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Default First Ride: Suzuki DL1000

WOw! Although it was pretty scary buying a bike I'd never ridden, and I was filled with doubts about selling the Low Rider after 15 years, I the DL1000 has made it all worthwhile! This bike is frikin AWESOME! It feels like a small dirtbike, it rides like a big touring bike, it has power and torque to spare, and "that certain part of a man's body" is now 33% larger!

I'm thrilled, I'm excited, I'm taking off tomorrow and all of next week to ride the wheels off of this thing. Also, I take back all the nasty stuff I said about the dealer...ok, I'll mitigate it. Even though they weren't straight up about what they had available, they did pay to have a trucking company bring the bike from Tampa to S. FL today. And I can't WAIT till morning so I can go out and ride some more. Two downsides: it took 45 minutes to peel all the damn warning stickers off, and I have to get 500 miles on the bike before I can wail on it.

Let the accessorizing begin!!!!!
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:05 PM   #2
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Cool man! Looks like you have a winner on your hands. See, it didn't take too long to forget the old Low Rider. Somehow, I bet you get another one in a few years though. They grow on ya like a wart!
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Old 11-16-2007, 04:44 AM   #3
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Cool man! Looks like you have a winner on your hands. See, it didn't take too long to forget the old Low Rider. Somehow, I bet you get another one in a few years though. They grow on ya like a wart!
When I'm rich and famous I'm going to make Leno's bike collection look trivial. AND I'm going to buy cool bikes for all my friends!

The icing on the cake: the temps are in the 50's, going up to only the low 70's, there isn't a cloud in the sky, and as soon as I take care of some work crap, I have the whole rest of the day to play!
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:23 AM   #4
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Ken,

The guy with WAY too much time has a lot of good info on the 'Strom.

Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 / DL650 Info and Accessories

This is the guy that did the analysis of all the different oil filters. He has a huge amount of info on his site.

Enjoy the bike! A good friend has an '04, and absolutely loves it. Other than it's too softly sprung.

Call me if you are passing through this corner of the state!
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:52 AM   #5
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Congratulations on the new wheels, guy.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:43 AM   #6
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Congrats on finally makin'-up yer mind there, Maytag!

Don't wheelie it - I've heard that motor doesn't do well when it "runs out" of oil (front oil pickup). Other than that - it's a Stone. Warm it up good, then RIDE it - the "500/600/1000-mile Break-In" has been proven a Myth over an over again.
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Congrats on finally makin'-up yer mind there, Maytag!

Don't wheelie it - I've heard that motor doesn't do well when it "runs out" of oil (front oil pickup). Other than that - it's a Stone. Warm it up good, then RIDE it - the "500/600/1000-mile Break-In" has been proven a Myth over an over again.
I spent quite a bit of time on the rear wheel of my TL 1000 S and it didn't seem to have a problem. The bike had other problems, but no oil starvation.
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I spent quite a bit of time on the rear wheel of my TL 1000 S and it didn't seem to have a problem. The bike had other problems, but no oil starvation.
I don't actually know - I was warned by a trusted friend to avoid wheelies on one like the Plague.
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Ken,

The guy with WAY too much time has a lot of good info on the 'Strom.

Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 / DL650 Info and Accessories

This is the guy that did the analysis of all the different oil filters. He has a huge amount of info on his site.

Enjoy the bike! A good friend has an '04, and absolutely loves it. Other than it's too softly sprung.

Call me if you are passing through this corner of the state!
I can't get off this bike! Damn it's fun!

That is an amazing website. And Stromtroopers.com is another wealth of information.

If I recall from some earlier posts, you commute from the Tampa area towards Orlando? I'm going to be up in Cocoa Beach for XGiving and XMas; taking some time off from work. Shoot me a PM with your number and I'll call for sure. I'm sending mine as well.
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Old 11-17-2007, 02:01 PM   #10
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I was going to get the black, but I'm glad they didn't have it. This is a really nice blue.
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