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post #1 of 11 Old 04-13-2015, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a new 2014 Vee.

Hi guys.
My dealer has a new 2014 vee on the showroom floor and I can get a good deal on it, and I am about to pop it.
I have several questions for you regarding that.
1. Is there any difference between 2014 and 2015 model ?
2. from what I have read here I should not get any Suzuki accesories, instead get aftermarket stuff, is that correct ?
3. I havent had a bike for a long time now (15 years) so I need to get new gear and all. Is there anything on top of your head that you can advice ?

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-13-2015, 03:22 PM
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I advise a good helmet on the top of your head ! :mrgreen:
Congrats on a great bike, you will love it. Don't think that there are any big differences between the two models other than mainly color...get a good bash plate to protect that vulnerable oil filter. I have Yann's and highly recommend it -

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First of all - if you are referring to the 650 you shouldn't call it a Vee as that mean the 1000cc for most people here.
Some call the +2012 650 for Glee, but I won't...

Back to the questions.

1. No
2. Yes
3. Buy the best gear you can afford and make sure that you try it on before buying. Even the best and most expensive gear is crap if it doesn't fit properly - especially helmets.
There are so many good brands out there that it would be pointless to recommend something specific without knowing your budget, what kind of riding it's primary for and how you are build.

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I advise a good helmet on the top of your head ! :mrgreen:
Congrats on a great bike, you will love it. Don't think that there are any big differences between the two models other than mainly color...get a good bash plate to protect that vulnerable oil filter. I have Yann's and highly recommend it -
Thanks for the info on the skidplate, it looks good with the highway bars installed.
I will be getting Arai Tour-X4 helmet, no cost cut on the helmet.
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First of all - if you are referring to the 650 you shouldn't call it a Vee as that mean the 1000cc for most people here.
Some call the +2012 650 for Glee, but I won't...

Back to the questions.

1. No
2. Yes
3. Buy the best gear you can afford and make sure that you try it on before buying. Even the best and most expensive gear is crap if it doesn't fit properly - especially helmets.
There are so many good brands out there that it would be pointless to recommend something specific without knowing your budget, what kind of riding it's primary for and how you are build.
Thanks for pointing that out .. the vee thing

I am 188cm tall and 95 kg.
Ill be riding 80% tarmac, 20% gravel roads.

Also ...... I really think I need a taller seat, or lower the pegs if possible.
Was thinking about maybe having the seat re-bolstered or getting a new seat from Touratech.
Any comments on that ?
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I am in shock with the amount of aftermarket equipment and farkles you can purchase online for these bikes.
After owning a New Triumph for which there is very limited aftermarket stuff I think I am in heaven.
Ride Safe.
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I bought the Suzuki bright yellow riding jacket and I really like it. I haven't had a chance to run it in the rain or in hot weather yet but it sure works in the cold and wind. Still waiting for the pants to show. Bought the shoei neotech helmet. I like it too, but it does fog easily at low speeds. I am new to riding and don't know if this is normal to all full face helmets. I ride with the lens open to the first notch in town but I can close it all the way on the highway. I wish the air vents moved a little more air through them. That's what little I know
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Thanks for pointing that out .. the vee thing

I am 188cm tall and 95 kg.
Ill be riding 80% tarmac, 20% gravel roads.

Also ...... I really think I need a taller seat, or lower the pegs if possible.
Was thinking about maybe having the seat re-bolstered or getting a new seat from Touratech.
Any comments on that ?
If you need more legroom I highly recommend the relocation kit found at THIS LINK

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"3. I havent had a bike for a long time now (15 years) so I need to get new gear and all. Is there anything on top of your head that you can advice ?"

Iceland? Heated gear!
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Also ...... I really think I need a taller seat, or lower the pegs if possible.
Was thinking about maybe having the seat re-bolstered or getting a new seat from Touratech.
Any comments on that ?
If they will ship to you, I recommend you take a look at Seat Concepts. Their standard height kit with the firm foam will raise you a good bit, and then there's the tall version. Combine that with a foot peg lowering kit, and you'll get as much leg room as this bike is capable of.
http://www.seatconcepts.com/products...tegory=1671358
http://www.seatconcepts.com/products...tegory=1671358
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