Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Erock, from what Ive read, seen, and discussions with the Suzuki factory rep, the changes are--some already posted here-- different "beak", adoption of cornering ABS, reshaped and resized windscreen, slightly different shape to the rear of the fuel tank and front of the seat, change in finish to the instrument cluster bezel surrounding the speedometer, change in color of front fork legs, change in frame color and footrests. Different decals and placement of the Suzuki logo on the tank trim as well. The 1000 plastic luggage rack is now black instead of the previous silver.
About the low-rpm assist...
One thing Ive noticed with my '14 1000 is that is has that function, as does a friend's '14 650. Let out the clutch, and and just before the clutch grabs the engine rpm rises without any manual application of throttle.
Talking with the rep about the ECU recall for the 1000, I was told that the revised ECU programming was designed to replicate the '18 in terms of exhaust backpressure valve strategy and ignition timing. He was unsure if there had been any changes to injection duration. The '18 has a different exhaust front section with catalysts for Euro-4 emissions compliance. I havent checked to see if the 02 sensors and number of them have been changed. Supposedly there was a slight drop in HP or Tq, said to be unnoticeable during riding.
A Suzuki 55L Top Case is offered for '18(retrofits the '14-'17) 1000, but according to the accessory catalog it is not to be used with the oem side cases mounted to the bike. The regular 35L top case now comes with a passenger backrest, and has a different part number than the earlier top cases.
Erock, I'm still groovin' on my leftover/new '14 I purchased Jan '17. New is new, but the changes arent enough for me to even thing about getting a later-year Vstrom1000. But I did replace the '14 windscreen with one for the '18--much quieter with less turbulence, and fits like it grew there.