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post #11 of 194 Old 07-15-2015, 07:13 PM
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I know it isn't pretty. I wonder if anyone has de-beaked one yet?

Someone Photoshopped one debeaked somewhere. Looked pretty good.
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post #12 of 194 Old 07-15-2015, 09:14 PM
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Now that I have a little more time, the connectors on the top rear of the radiator seem to be more easily water infiltrated and subject to corrosion than other models. The wiring harness at the rear of the tank has gotten chafed through for a couple of owners. The battery ground wire connection to the engine case likes to corrode. The wiring color code is a bit different for a few things. It doesn't have a real heated grip connector, just a 3A fused auxiliary connector. A speedo correction doesn't have a plug and play option so installation would require cutting into one wire and splicing into two others. Idle hammer, clutch chudder, and lean fueling don't seem to be as bad as earlier models, but some individual specimens may show some issues. Both V-Strom clutch gurus have written the clutch isn't that much different from the old Vee though it is a bit better.
To add to that the black bikes seem to have issues with paint.. see the paint durability thread for more info.

I have about 13k on my bike and the rear rack is really bad and the clear coat on the gas tank was marked up pretty good.

Spark plugs are $35 each, there is direct NGK replacement as far as we know. I believe Greywolf made a post that he suspects there is but nobody brave enough to test one out yet
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post #13 of 194 Old 07-15-2015, 09:27 PM
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DO NOT mess with the beak, that is blasphemy!!!!!

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post #14 of 194 Old 07-15-2015, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by V-Tom View Post
My wife has suggested I buy a DL1000 to replace my 2012 DL650. I only have about 138,000 km or about 85,500 miles on my 2012 DL650 and have a few silly electrical relates issues. Otherwise runs great and I am sure it would run for a hundred thousand more KM's easily.

I have seen some issues here on the VEE2 but not a summary and wonder if I should get a 2015 with the hope that silly issues are taken care of. Any thoughts on that?

So what issues have you had with your 2014+ DL1000?

Sorry if there is a thread on this already.. I don't seem to see one.


No answers here but wanted to comment that your wife is certainly a keeper!
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post #15 of 194 Old 07-15-2015, 09:33 PM
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After 20,000 miles of back and dirt roads without a problem, I m still pissed the V2 won t make me breakfast while camping.

Geez,thats the least it should do.

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post #16 of 194 Old 07-15-2015, 10:22 PM
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Recently upped to a 2015 Vee2 from a 2014 Glee. 10,000 km and no running issues to report. Suzuki have made a few budget cuts such as plastic rear rack that the paint rubs off of easily and no heated grip connector with the accessory plug being difficult to access. Clutch can be a bit noisy at idle but once on the move that disappears. I believe the wiring issues were corrected for 2015.

The adjustable screen and 12v power outlet are a nice feature and the brakes and suspension are a big upgrade from the 650. Engine is not as pliable as the 650 but soon mastered and the extra squirt is a big grin factor.
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post #17 of 194 Old 07-15-2015, 10:36 PM
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I had a 2011 Wee and this bike is all around better. Certainly if you can get a good deal on '14 you won't regret it. I think in the past there were quite a few Wee riders who went to a 1K and then back to the 650. It might have happened with the V2 but I haven't heard of anyone wishing they were back on their 650. I may be wrong but I think this upgrade has the vast majority of owners extremely satisfied. Aside from the few "minor" irritants mentioned, overall the V2 is a very, very good bike.
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post #18 of 194 Old 07-16-2015, 01:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Big B View Post
DO NOT mess with the beak, that is blasphemy!!!!!
Agreed! I like the look of the bike, actually I LOVE this bike, maybe even more than my previous DL1Ks, which I wouldn't have thought possible a few months ago.

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post #19 of 194 Old 07-16-2015, 02:22 AM
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Originally Posted by 2mstone View Post
Agreed! I like the look of the bike, actually I LOVE this bike, maybe even more than my previous DL1Ks, which I wouldn't have thought possible a few months ago.
I love the beak too! When I was looking at new bikes I was only halfway considering the V-Strom until I saw the new V2! I instantly loved the look of it! I have always had a huge crush on the big BMW GS's, but don't want to put out that kind of money at this point. I couldn't be happier with my decision!
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post #20 of 194 Old 07-16-2015, 03:49 AM
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The biggest issue with mine is that I don't have enough time to ride it! I love it.
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