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post #1 of 9 Old 11-13-2019, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Move from '07 1000 to '18 1000?

Hey All and thanks in advance for any input you feel like providing on this topic. I have an 07 VStrom 1000 with 32K on it, well farkled and running well. However, am considering shifting to an 18 VStrom 1000. Would love to hear your input on the top 5 (or 10) reasons for doing so, as well as any concerns. I'm one of those 90/10 pavement/dirt road riders, so am looking at the base model without the spokes.

From what I'm gathering, the clutch basket is once again likely to be an issue? If so, I'll be in touch with RealShelby again.

And, it would seem that my old Enduro plate and highway pegs won't work for the new one so will need to figure out the best combination for that addition?

Aside from the fork braces, it would seem that many of the same farkles will need to be added - foot peg extenders, mirror extenders, windscreen, seat, center stand, racks . . . any others that you've come to find as must-have additions to the base model?

Again, thanks bunches for any input you'd like to provide. Trying to get my ducks in a row before I take the dive. Cheers! M
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-13-2019, 11:19 AM
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Ah yes, I had an 07 1000, liked it alot, it got taken out by a Pickup truck in late 2011. The 2012 650 changes were announced, so I ordered one sight unseen. I've wanted a newer 1000 since the changes in 2014, I finally picked up a 2014 Vee in July, and love it. (not the 2018, but close)
I like: ABS, Traction Control, new dash and instruments, updated styling, maximum torque at lower rpm than previous vee motor,
and, of course, after 50K on the '12 650, the power, better brakes, suspension, and height.
things I added immediately, skid plate from Happy Trails, Oxford Heaterz, Givi top box, Center stand, mirror extenders, Givi Airflow shield (excellent shield, I can hear the motor now)
the seat was OK for short rides, but I wanted something better. I bought the Shad comfort seat, did a ten day trip, and decided to go all out for a Russell Day Long seat, just picked it up on Monday. (The Shad will be for sale soon)
the 2014 seems smoother and more solid than my 07 did, but it's been a while since it was totalled.
Good luck with the purchase, I don't think you can go wrong.
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I think the top reason is there seems to be a lot of great prices on new 2018 v-strom 1000's now. So Suzuki must be providing some sort of programs to the dealers. I just bought a new 2018 1000 on Friday and it seems crazy, but the price was $9200 plus DMV fees & tax. It is the white one with black cast wheels (not an XT). I'm still shocked at that price. I was looking at a used 2014 and the guy wanted $8250 for that.

If you thought "I'll just go a year or two more with my 2007", then maybe all the leftover 2018 and 2019 bikes are sold, no more great deals, and you'd have to buy the "new" retro 2020 model at near MSRP. And also, other than looks, it doesn't seem the 2020 is really much different than the 14-19 bike.

I don't understand the mirror extenders ... is that to get a better rear view? Mine seem fine stock.

I've read about the "idle hammer" and "clutch chatter", but I also own 3 Moto Guzzi's and they shake, rattle, clank, whirl, etc so much that the Suzuki feels like a precise Swizz watch in comparison.
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The mirror extenders move the mirrors out and result in better visibility, but the bigger reason seems to be the reduction of buffeting behind the windshield. The mirrors disturb the airflow, so the further away from the windshield the better.

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If you thought "I'll just go a year or two more with my 2007", then maybe all the leftover 2018 and 2019 bikes are sold, no more great deals, and you'd have to buy the "new" retro 2020 model at near MSRP. And also, other than looks, it doesn't seem the 2020 is really much different than the 14-19 bike.
There's always another one. That said, I've been saying "another year or two" about my '06 wee for six years, and it's still my only transportation. It has actually gotten more reliable over time

I do like the look of the 1050. I might have to take a look at it again once it's a few years old, but I did say that about the 2014 model when it came out and here I am.
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Leftover bikes are cheap. Treat yourself to a new one. Sell your 07 while it still has some value and go get that 18 and enjoy it. I just got a new 18 XT last March and love it. I also just saw the new 2020 XT and love that so in about two or three years I'll swap out the 18 for a new one. I like new stuff.

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I would suggest to anyone looking at the 2018/2019 VStrom 1000s instead of the 2020 to go for the 2019. I believe it has the easy start (no clutch lever) and rpm assist features that are on my 2019 VStrom 650xt . These features are not on my 2018 VStrom 1000. The rpm assist of the 650 is very noticeable when switching over to the 1000.

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I would suggest to anyone looking at the 2018/2019 VStrom 1000s instead of the 2020 to go for the 2019. I believe it has the easy start (no clutch lever) and rpm assist features that are on my 2019 VStrom 650xt . These features are not on my 2018 VStrom 1000. The rpm assist of the 650 is very noticeable when switching over to the 1000.

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The 18 has these also

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That's interesting because my 2018 was built in 2/2017 and it doesn't have either feature. The specs don't list them on the 2018 features page of the suzukicycles.com website. The 2019 features page does reference the low rpm assist.
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