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Old 06-26-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:01 PM   #2
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Suzuki needs to fire whichever PR came up with that stunt.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:45 PM   #3
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Suzuki needs to fire whichever PR came up with that stunt.
"Suzuki introduces the not-nearly-new, minimally-refined, and barely-touched Wee Strom."
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:38 AM   #4
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I'd like to see the new bike, just to imagine what might have been if they'd kept the DL1000. I've ridden several 650's and while they're nice, the performance is not adequete for my taste. "Defensive Driving" is important, and the best defense is a good offense. Being able to blast through a hole in traffic has saved my bacon more than a few times.
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:27 PM   #5
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Well, it looks like the new Suzuki V Storm 650 won't be a bike that anyone would buy for on-off roading. I know, I wouldn't buy it for that reason. The article On-Off Road Motorcycles that Motorcycle.com wrote in the past, doesn't list it as that kind of bike either. So, I guess Suzuki should stop trying to put it in that category, or "revolutionize" it for adapting well to both terrains.
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Well, it looks like the new Suzuki V Storm 650 won't be a bike that anyone would buy for on-off roading. I know, I wouldn't buy it for that reason. The article On-Off Road Motorcycles that Motorcycle.com wrote in the past, doesn't list it as that kind of bike either. So, I guess Suzuki should stop trying to put it in that category, or "revolutionize" it for adapting well to both terrains.
I don't think so. The Wee is as good offroad as the GS800 or other "dual-sport" bikes. No, it's not a KLR, but with a bash plate and crashbars it can run off pavement.
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Well, it looks like the new Suzuki V Storm 650 won't be a bike that anyone would buy for on-off roading. I know, I wouldn't buy it for that reason. The article On-Off Road Motorcycles that Motorcycle.com wrote in the past, doesn't list it as that kind of bike either. So, I guess Suzuki should stop trying to put it in that category, or "revolutionize" it for adapting well to both terrains.
Yeah, its design is more dirt-capable than dirt-worthy. That low front fender takes it out as a true off-roader.

In related news, we just picked up a BMW G650GS. Its GS designation implies off-roading, but it, too, has a front fender closely mounted to the tire, and its cast-aluminum wheels further distance itself from a real enduro.

Both bikes give the impression that they're ready to circumnavigate the globe, which is what most want from this kind of machine. An F800GS or Tiger 800 XC are truly capable off-road.
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In related news, we just picked up a BMW G650GS. Its GS designation implies off-roading, but it, too, has a front fender closely mounted to the tire, and its cast-aluminum wheels further distance itself from a real enduro.
I probably have this wrong, but doesn't that 650 actually have the same parallel twin 800 that's in the F800GS?
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I probably have this wrong, but doesn't that 650 actually have the same parallel twin 800 that's in the F800GS?
Yes, you're correct in that you have it wrong! The F650 has the 800cc Twin. The G650 is the latest single-cylinder bike, new(ish) for 2011.
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Well, it looks like the new Suzuki V Storm 650 won't be a bike that anyone would buy for on-off roading. I know, I wouldn't buy it for that reason. The article On-Off Road Motorcycles that Motorcycle.com wrote in the past, doesn't list it as that kind of bike either. So, I guess Suzuki should stop trying to put it in that category, or "revolutionize" it for adapting well to both terrains.
Ha! None of these "Adventure" bikes can handle much more than fire roads. And why would you want to? Who wants to spend $18K on a GS and then wrap it around a tree. Anything over 300lbs is a joke off road.
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