Just picked up my new bike.
My idea is to write, in coming days, as much as I can about the difference between my old and my new bike. I'll write it down here as I make the progress in mounting the accessories and replacing some OEM stuff I don't like. Then about the riding, all the impressions I get.
So, as for today:
Arrived to my dealer at 9:30 AM and left at 3:00 PM. A lot of work we've done there, his mechanic and me, together.
The first thing I didn't like on my new bike were those grey plastics arround the tank. We removed black plastics from my old bike and put them on new bike. WOW, what the difference. The grey ones we put on my old red bike. And WOW again, it looks great with grey plastics. So, now both bikes look great. I have some stickers "V-Strom" in black and "1000" in red, the same font, so those will go onto the tank, on the sides and then clear Suzuki protections over the sides of the tank that will cover the tank completely on its sides, just the way I had it on my '14. Those transparent protections are great. Lasted 3 years and completely protected my '14 tank keeping it scratch-free.
I wanted HEED crash bars but they still don't make them for '18 model. So my Givi bars were removed from '14 bike and put on '18 bike. Also, we removed the center stand from '14 and installed on '18. On '14 I had stronger spring for the side stand as I use the shoe (R&G) on it and it's a bit havier, so we moved the spring also to '18.
Then, new Michelin Pilot Road 4 (non-trail) for the rear as on '14 rear tire was completely shot. Front tire we moved from '14 to '18, Michelin Pilot Road 4 again (trail version, there is no non-trail for the front).
Rear rack on my '14 gave me a lot of work to remove the silver paint and keep it black without painting. I just polished it and then used shoe shine black wax and it looked like painted black. So, we moved the rack from '14 to '18 as well. New silver rack went to '14 and let me tell you, it already had some scratches. I don't want that piece of crap.
EVAP box was something I realy didn't want. So, we removed it and now I have the space under the seat just like on my '14 model. I wrote a bit about it here:
My '14 had 16T front sprocket. When I brought the bike to the dealer, he decided to put back 17T and had brand new Suzuki 16T waiting for me to put on the new bike. So we did. I don't use the bike for long travels so I need more performance and less top end. I love 16T sprocket. Done arround 15.000 miles with 16T on my '14 and loved every minute of riding it. So, "show must go on" on '18 model.
That was about it and I left the dealer to slow trip back home, only 20 miles or so.
My '14 had X-TRE. I removed it before trading the bike in but was not sure if I needed it for the new bike. And I don't. My '14 had the latest version of ECU and X-TRE and was really smooth. But this one is even smoother. It looks like they've completely solved the fueling issue on low throttle opening. My '14 setup made bike vibrate much less on low revs but '18 looks like it has even less vibrations. Tried cruising on 2200rpm and was smooth like a silk. My '14 was running nice on 2200rpm but was vibrating. The new one doesn't.
So, there is just one more thing I've noticed on my way home. The bike feels lighter even with full tank. I can not be so sure yet, it's too soon, but just had that feeling.
Now, in next 2-3 days I have a lot to do, installng DRL's, fog light, Givi Airflow, LED indicators, licence plate light (hate that OEM brick), indicators buzzer, remote for my garage door, GPS, pegs lowering kit (Adventuretech), SW Motech gearshift pedal, handlebars risers, tank bag, Topbox with brake light, Arrow slip-on and can't remember all the rest. I have the parts laying on the floor all over my home.
As for the photos, I will take a lot of them when my bike is finished. I'll find nice quiet place to do it in the sunny day.
In the meantime, I'll leave you with this one: