posted on another thread, thought I would put in my 2 cents here. Thanks Mrpete64 for your take on the Vee2
Just came back from IMS in NYC. Observations.
I got there early, and was greeted by a gorgeous blond representative from Suzuki. Not a bad way to start. I sat on the Vee2, and it felt as nimble as my '11 Wee. Also, my Wee is lowered 1" in the rear, and with the stock Vee2 seat I was able to plant a good part of my feet on the ground. Suzuki states the stock seat height is 33" I believe, but whatever they did, it is much easier to plant my feet. I will not get the lowered seat. Fit and finish was very good. As stated previously, some type of bashplate will be needed of course, just as protection at the very least to road debris. It is all I want my bike to be. I told myself that if Suzuki made the new Vee2 as good as my Wee with more power and a few goodies, I would buy it. I did check out the '14 1200GS, Concours 14, FJR 1300, S10 and Honda CTX1300 just for kicks. In the end, the Vee2 works for me. I only do 5% of my riding off blacktop. The weight of the Vee2 is also key for me. The 1200GS with lowered suspension and seat was really comfortable for me, but I do not need all the gadgets, and it is $8000. more than the Vee2 - I cannot justify the extra money for items I will not use.
I will be getting the standard version without the adventure farkles, as I would like to put on other brands. I did speak with Twisted Throttle, and gave them my opinion that the Vee2 will be a big seller, and they should jump the gun and get the farkles ready for purchase. The rep. said that a good portion of their business was dedicated to the Wee/Glee - not surprising. It will be interesting, and I assume a challenge, for companies to produce farkles for this model. Excited about that.
In the end, many have spoken about an evolution, not revolution. It is apparent that Suzuki built on the Wee/Glee and previous Vstrom 1000 in the production of the Vee2. I would guess that by doing this they reduced their research, development and production costs - good for them. And in my estimation, good for us, as in reality the Vee2 is proven technology that has stood the test of time.
Looking forward to a great 2014 riding season, including the Berkshires in August, Fall Peep show in October, maybe Cape Breton and West Virginia.