Join Date: Apr 2008
So my impression of the new bike. I currently ride a K8DL650 and a DRZ400.
I have spent some time on the old version of the dL1000. I believe this is a very changed bike. I expected something similar to the old, but it wasn't, at all. The new bike feels light, at first I thought too light for a touring bike, almost twitchy. But after riding for a while, I found it very well mannered.
I think the fuel mapping could be better, it can be little jerky at slow speeds in traffic, and you have to work at that. I also caught a few minor pops, like backfire. When I told Abe at the dealer about that, he said the one they demoed in Spain didn't do that. So they were discussing the issue with Suzuki. They had noticed the same thing. Egonomics was great compared to the old 650, seat surprisingly comfy. But somehow the turn signal switch was hard to use. I think just getting used to it would be whats needed. This bike is so much better than my 650 in dirt and gravel that it's hard to believe it's of the same family. I don't think as planted on twisty pavement, but still very good.
It even sounds good. All in all, I really like it, very impressive. I would like a lower first gear, and maybe a wider ratio gear box. Maybe I will get another chance at it next week.