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post #1 of 15 Old 03-13-2016, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks, brought the new '14 home yesterday.

Having never riden one before (local dealer does not offer test rides, nearest other dealer is 3hrs away), but having put 65k Kms on a '09 Wee I had the following observations.

Motor seemed rough/vibratey when accelerating compared to the Wee, does this smooth out once the motor is broken in?

Herky jerky fueling at the lower rpms in 1st and 2nd gears, the feeling was not smooth like the Wee. I understand some folks are using a throttle tamer and ECU modes to address that, I'll tighten up the throttle slack and see if that helps. I also ordered the 16t front sprocket given the positive reviews.

Nice and narrow between the knees when standing up on the pegs and I feel like I'm sitting on the bike instead of in it like the Wee. Also is very responsive to bar inputs, more so than the Wee (feels more flickable).

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I've got a '14 Vee and can't relate to the rough/vibration during acceleration. Might want to get that checked out.
Regarding the snatchy throttle at low speeds, I do experience that, but it is about the same as my '04 Wee so I am used to it.
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Fueling problem on low rpm could be solved not with ECU mods, but with ECU swap. ECU swap is on the move in Europe now. Swaps are to new J02 ECU. First Vee2 models (mine included) came out of the factory with J00 ECU. Before ECU swaps started here in Europe, I solved the problem by installing X-TRE.
There is one intermediate model of ECU, J01, that has a problem on many bikes , of sudden power loss on 2nd and 3rd gear. J02 ECU is final.

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Fueling problem on low rpm could be solved not with ECU mods, but with ECU swap. ECU swap is on the move in Europe now. Swaps are to new J02 ECU. First Vee2 models (mine included) came out of the factory with J00 ECU. Before ECU swaps started here in Europe, I solved the problem by installing X-TRE.
There is one intermediate model of ECU, J01, that has a problem on many bikes , of sudden power loss on 2nd and 3rd gear. J02 ECU is final.
Is there any word that ECU swaps are a possibility in the US? I've got a 2014 but not sure which ECU I have. I've experienced the 2-3 stall and would happily move to a newer ECU.
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Hi folks, brought the new '14 home yesterday.

Having never riden one before (local dealer does not offer test rides, nearest other dealer is 3hrs away), but having put 65k Kms on a '09 Wee I had the following observations.

Motor seemed rough/vibratey when accelerating compared to the Wee, does this smooth out once the motor is broken in?

Herky jerky fueling at the lower rpms in 1st and 2nd gears, the feeling was not smooth like the Wee. I understand some folks are using a throttle tamer and ECU modes to address that, I'll tighten up the throttle slack and see if that helps. I also ordered the 16t front sprocket given the positive reviews.

Nice and narrow between the knees when standing up on the pegs and I feel like I'm sitting on the bike instead of in it like the Wee. Also is very responsive to bar inputs, more so than the Wee (feels more flickable).

Time to mount the farkles!
The engine on the 1000 is rougher sounding and feeling than on the Glee (no experience with the Wee). It doesn't seem to get any better with more mileage. I think it is just a physical characteristic of the larger pistons in the 1000.

Some think that raising the forks about 10mm helps improve the turn-in. There's quite a bit of suspension adjustment you can do to set it up to your style of riding.

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My engine is smooth. The timing gear whine is normal. I had to tighten the throttle cables at the throttle bodies.

Yes, more flickable. Also much fun in winds. Do adjust the sag and compression & rebound damping to your liking, and readjust as the suspension breaks in.

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When I first got my bike, I thought about raising the forks like I did on my previous Vee, however after riding a bit I felt the turn-in was just fine as is. And, I agree, the bike is a blast even in gusty winds, haven't had to slow down yet.

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I am another new/first time V-Strom owner (2015 DL1000A), and haven't ridden a v-twin in several years. I am accustomed to the unique V4 engine sounds and vibrations of my old Honda VFR 800 and the whine of my old ST1300 V4. I am hoping the lumpy vibes I'm getting under acceleration from this new bike is just the nature of this particular motor and not something else. I would not think about using the word "smooth" to describe the power. Thoughts?

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Our 2014 Veekstrom is as smooth as silk- even pulling away in 4/5 gear from 2500 rpm!
Initially it wasnt so!...It did take several thousand kilometres -1500 miles or more before it really smoothed out.
Now with 12,000 kilometres ,7500 miles it couldnt be smoother. snatchy throttle was addressed at the first service- I has the throttle freeplay reduced.My advice is ride it till the first 600 mile service and see how it is, then if any issues, get them addressed at that time

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Our 2014 Veekstrom is as smooth as silk- even pulling away in 4/5 gear from 2500 rpm!
Initially it wasnt so!...It did take several thousand kilometres -1500 miles or more before it really smoothed out.
Now with 12,000 kilometres ,7500 miles it couldnt be smoother. snatchy throttle was addressed at the first service- I has the throttle freeplay reduced.My advice is ride it till the first 600 mile service and see how it is, then if any issues, get them addressed at that time
I have just under 1000 miles on mine, and it is fairly rough, especially compared to the 650, so maybe some more miles will help. Of course, one person's smooth, might be unacceptably rough to the next guy...there's really no objective way to compare without having them side by side.

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