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post #1 of 21 Old 09-26-2011, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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I love my bike but . . .

I'm convinced Suzuki doesn't really give a rats arse what we have to say.
If they did they would have fixed the windshield years ago, maybe fixed the clutch chuttle and probably put a lot of guys that have made cottage industries out of fixing problems Suzuki ignores out of business.

They are still a good value and with a couple hundred dollars you can sort it all out. But realistically - "Feedback to Suzuki" - it isn't happening.
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post #2 of 21 Old 09-27-2011, 06:36 AM
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You think that's bad

How about Kawasaki's KLR650 then?

25 years and the still haven't fixed the "doohickey" issue [balancer chain].

The windshield issue is often solved by changing helmets [I have three, one cops buffeting a lot- one a little and one not at all].

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post #3 of 21 Old 09-27-2011, 03:08 PM
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Why the hell would they? Notwithstanding the airflow problems we keep buying them.

It's an incredibly popular motorcycle - good value - versatile - funky, if weird looks - Japanese build quality - worldwide appeal - and not more than ten minutes in a wind tunnel with a midget on the seat...

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post #4 of 21 Old 02-23-2012, 07:55 PM
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The Wee-Strom is a great bike, but a few cheap easy fixes could make it so much better. The seat and the windshield would be a good start. Hopefully the 2012 will have done this.
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Suzuki can't build seats, Husky & KTM can't build kickstands. There'll always be little things but I sometimes think "we have people living in space for months at a time"....but I guess they have a better R&D budget and no profit margin needed.
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post #6 of 21 Old 02-24-2012, 01:28 PM
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Oh yeah...

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Suzuki can't build seats, Husky & KTM can't build kickstands. There'll always be little things but I sometimes think "we have people living in space for months at a time"....but I guess they have a better R&D budget and no profit margin needed.
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-24-2012, 02:18 PM
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Factory windscreen werkz fer me.

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Factory windscreen werkz fer me.
Me too, with a bit of adjustment, which it has lots of room for.
Seat... Not a problem....
Best bang for your buck in the industry I think...



You know yamaha has had motorcycles that require you to remove exhaust pipes to change the oil filter since the Virago in the 80's

there is an issue IMHO....
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-24-2012, 03:22 PM
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You know yamaha has had motorcycles that require you to remove exhaust pipes to change the oil filter since the Virago in the 80's
I know people who change their pipes more often than they change the oil.

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I know people who change their pipes more often than they change the oil.

Anything for Safety I guess
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