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post #1 of 243 Old 03-13-2017, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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So why Suzuki didn't bother to make Wee3 a real ADV bike? I mean they could have fitted USD forks and routed front cylinder pipe for more GC. Switchable ABS too and OEM skid plate. Real handguards.

I can see desire to keep price down, but they could have done it on XT while keeping base ABS model as they have it. They could easily charge​ extra $600-1000, they have enough room under Vee for premium 650 trim.
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Then folks would complain about being charged extra for something that they feel should be on there. I guess that business wise, Suzuki know much more than you/I do about manufacturing and retailing of motorcycles, regardless of how you feel.

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I'm curious to know which bikes you consider to be "real ADV" bikes?

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I chose my 650 Stroms because they were the best middle weight sport touring bikes I could find that let me stretch out and had good range. I was basically looking for something like my old BMW R90S that was more reliable, bigger bodied, had a big dealer network and was not stupidly expensive. The DL650 was far and away the best choice. I never left the pavement with mine. I'll bet most V-Strom riders, like most SUV drivers, don't take them off road at all.

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I'm curious to know which bikes you consider to be "real ADV" bikes?
It's a good question. Usually when people say Adventure bike they either mean a lighter dual sport like DR or DRZ fitted with bigger tank and soft luggage or an ADV bike similar to GS, S10, Tiger 800XC, etc.
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I do not need the extra power of the V2 but would like the better suspension and brakes.
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Usually when people say Adventure bike they either mean a lighter dual sport like DR or DRZ fitted with bigger tank and soft luggage or an ADV bike similar to GS, S10, Tiger 800XC, etc.
Which people are we talking about here? I never consider an adventure bike to mean a DR or something else like that. Simply because it is what you want it to be does not mean others have the same expectations. You seem to constantly want the Strom to be different than it is. Well, it's not. It is what it is and I am happy to have adventures on it as it is.

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Why didn't they? I assume it's because of the DNA of the bike. It's always been a budget friendly bike, and with motorcycle sales as low as they are, Suzuki cannot afford to upgrsde the bike too much at once. The prices have gone up, but when you add an additional $1,000 for a Wee, now you are in with the competition. They're having a hard enough time selling bikes, even with discounts. Remember, it's a Suzuki. BMW and KTM buyers are going to spend premium for the premium bikes. Suzuki cannot make a bike good enough for those guys, so it would be somewhat of a loss to try. Therefore, they stay in the niche that works for the average buyer who can't or won't spend big for the goodies. Any improvements to the Strom have to be incremental and cost-effective while still managing to make sales. That's my take anyway.
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I chose my 650 Stroms because they were the best middle weight sport touring bikes I could find that let me stretch out and had good range. I was basically looking for something like my old BMW R90S that was more reliable, bigger bodied, had a big dealer network and was not stupidly expensive. The DL650 was far and away the best choice. I never left the pavement with mine. I'll bet most V-Strom riders, like most SUV drivers, don't take them off road at all.
I meant more along the lines of original R80GS
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That was an R80/7 with higher fenders, longer shocks, semi knobbies and shorter seat. It was very much like today's DL650, a middle weight street bike with some mostly cosmetic pretensions at adventure.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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