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post #1 of 43 Old 05-08-2014, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Bad review of the new 2014 1000 ADV

Found this, not sure how to take it, quite a bit of subjective opinions interjected into the assessment.

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it's already been discussed on another thread. Bottom line, NO ONE ELSE had any kind of review that even came close to having the same opinion as this review. I have over 1000 miles on my Vee2, and none of what the writer said rings true for me. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but I LOVE my Vee2.
It is comfortable, ergonomically great for me, very powerful, build solid as a rock, does everything my Wee did and MORE. It cruises in 6th gear like sitting in your recliner at home, yet it can be a rocketship when needed. Yes you can pick apart any bike, and yes, there may be ways to improve the Vee2, but not much. :mrgreen:Others have chimed in, in response to this review and had similar feelings.
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they say...

" an abrupt on/off fuel injection throttle response at low RPM make the V-Strom a real handful off-road --- and at slow speeds in town, "


I have this same problem on my 06 Vee.
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" an abrupt on/off fuel injection throttle response at low RPM make the V-Strom a real handful off-road --- and at slow speeds in town, "


I have this same problem on my 06 Vee.
There's no question that is a problem. I adjusted the play in my throttle, and it helped significantly, That said, this was also a problem on my '11 Wee. I got used to it quickly and adjusted accordingly. I guess if you ride a lot of dirt, this may be a bigger issue. Knowing of this problem prior to purchasing my Vee2, would not have stopped me from buying it. I still say the pros WAY outweigh the cons. Of course if the few shortcomings could be fixed that would be great. But for an adventure touring machine that I occasionally take off road, overall, I am happier than a pig in mud.
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" an abrupt on/off fuel injection throttle response at low RPM make the V-Strom a real handful off-road --- and at slow speeds in town, "


I have this same problem on my 06 Vee.
As do I. I just slip the clutch a lot.

Interesting the comment from a reader about the ECU upgrade. Are they doing this to the 2014 models now as well? Similar to the 2012 upgrade?

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Interesting the comment from a reader about the ECU upgrade. Are they doing this to the 2014 models now as well? Similar to the 2012 upgrade?
No ECU upgade on the 2014 model is necessary. Different ECU altogether (32-bit) and seems to have inherited the improvements of the previous upgraded ECU, plus some.

I'm past the point of defending or explaining any real or perceived faults with this bike to anyone. It has exceeded my expectations and I am also happier than "a pig in mud". I've seen some people take exception to seemingly random, single statements in reviews and suddenly declare "that makes it a deal-breaker for me!". And that's fine too. I don't understand it, nor do I want to, but I sure would rather have them move on and be happy with something else than see them whine about it going forward into ownership.

So I kind of like reviews like this - by bringing every possible shortcoming to light now matter how innocuous, it seperates the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Cripes, the handlebars even work great on mine, they turn the bike and everything. Some of the other review observations are flat downright confusing (everyone else seems to agree the front brakes are great, rear is vaque, but the reviewer claims exactly the opposite?!)

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There's no question that is a problem. I adjusted the play in my throttle, and it helped significantly, That said, this was also a problem on my '11 Wee. I got used to it quickly and adjusted accordingly. I guess if you ride a lot of dirt, this may be a bigger issue. Knowing of this problem prior to purchasing my Vee2, would not have stopped me from buying it. I still say the pros WAY outweigh the cons. Of course if the few shortcomings could be fixed that would be great. But for an adventure touring machine that I occasionally take off road, overall, I am happier than a pig in mud.
how much did you adjust? I need that fix , I ride in NYC in traffic and crappy roads and these jerks are a killer sometimes.
i have to say that is the only thing i really don't like about my new Vee2
i do find myself using the clutch a lot due that.
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Adjustments must always be made, that is part of owning a motorcycle. Throttle cable tension is crucial, that is why after the first 600 miles or so we are supposed to go through the bike and ensure things are adjusted properly. Some bikes are just not quite right from the factory, and some bikes when in the hands of somebody else, may not have been gone through to ensure all has been set up and adjusted correctly. That review to me is a good thing, because the rest have all been very positive.

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how much did you adjust? I need that fix , I ride in NYC in traffic and crappy roads and these jerks are a killer sometimes.
i have to say that is the only thing i really don't like about my new Vee2
i do find myself using the clutch a lot due that.
I do the same with the traffic here in DC. Do me a favor, try selecting Traction Control Mode 2 and see if the low-speed 2nd gear jerkiness gets any better (2nd gear at ~28 MPH to be exact). I swear it seems slightly better but have been curious if it's my imagination...

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will do ,although i was on tc 2 the first 150 miles until i scrubbed the tires and the off throttle twitch was still there i actually finding 1st gear even worse then second
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