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Old 08-18-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:10 PM   #2
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Ho-hum. Slap on some aftermarket bits and then call it a "flagship" model. Tough times for Suzuki, indeed.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:15 AM   #3
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Ho-hum. Slap on some aftermarket bits and then call it a "flagship" model. Tough times for Suzuki, indeed.
I dunno. They sell every ABS 650 they ship to the US, and it's one of the few bikes they've updated for 2011. It competes very well with the Versys. Not to mention the ROI on the bike must be huge, it's been built with very liitle change for a decade now. Tooling and other fixed costs must be next to nothing for this model by now.

What I wonder is who'd pay amost $12k for the Suzuki upgrade model. You could build this bike with top of the line aftermarket parts for far less than that. The very best panniers and mounts are about $1k; heated grips, custom windscreen, engine guards...you could bury the bike in accessories and still be under $9-10k.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:32 AM   #4
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If you can find a used version it'd be even cheaper. It's a very nice looking bike, however.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:02 AM   #5
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Damn. The title had me hoping for a more dirt oriented 'Strom.

Ace, "nice-looking", eh?
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:11 AM   #6
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"Metallic Oort Grey?"

Isn't Oort what emerges from the South end of a Northbound goose?
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:13 AM   #7
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Damn. The title had me hoping for a more dirt oriented 'Strom.
You may as well give up on the idea. Maybe 1% of people who buy ATs use them off pavement. You can bet that as time goes along they will all become more road oriented.

I can't stress this enough. I live and ride in the best place in the US for off road exploring and I virtually never see GSes or Stroms or anything but KLRs off pavement. Yeah there are a few exceptions but they are exceedingly rare and those are usually KTMs.
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"Metallic Oort Grey?"

Isn't Oort what emerges from the South end of a Northbound goose?
It's the spherical "cloud" of comets about 60,000AU (~540,000,000,000 miles) from the from the Sun, surrounding the Solar System. Occasionally one of 'em gets knocked-loose by Gravity, or an errant nose-scratch of God, and collides with the Earth; destroying all life and causing him to have to start over on this little Diorama we call "Home".
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