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post #1 of 21 Old 03-30-2011, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Suzuki Dealers????

How about this: I walk into a Suzuki dealer this morning (Broward Motorsports-Ft. Lauderdale location) and ask for an estimate on getting some work done. Service guy asks me for the model. I tell him DL1000, Vstrom. He says, what brand is that?

Aside from having probably the worst after-sale customer service and parts availability, you may now have the most clueless service departments.

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-30-2011, 10:29 PM
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My dad had a similar experience at the dealer in McDonough Ga.
When asked if they were getting any more V-Stroms the Sales staff didnt know what it was..
and he bought mine there 2 years before!!
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post #3 of 21 Old 03-31-2011, 12:31 AM
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Tell 'em it's a V-Storm. They'll understand then.

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post #4 of 21 Old 03-31-2011, 01:10 AM
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It's when I walk into a big bike store and they ask you what you ride, I say Vstrom. All I get is a blank stare............ really! All they know is sport bikes........

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Originally Posted by PTRider View Post
Tell 'em it's a V-Storm. They'll understand then.
guess you didn't catch the part where i said "dl1000, vstrom"
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post #6 of 21 Old 04-02-2011, 09:48 AM
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Missed the strom v. storm difference.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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post #7 of 21 Old 04-02-2011, 04:39 PM
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Just say Vstrom to a BMW owner and he knows what you ride. Dealers should hire BMW riders.

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post #8 of 21 Old 04-05-2011, 12:10 AM
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Cool Oh boy....

I stated working in the motorcycle industry as a tech in 1978 and have done so with a few excursions into other things ever since. I think the whole industry is a sick joke these days but that's just my humble opinion. I've worked in two big box stores over the years that I considered worth the effort but haven't been in any since that impress me at all. I work in a small European shop these days, maintain my own Wee and try to maintain a low profile and keep my feelings about dorks on sport bikes and cruisers to myself. It's a different world now than it was 33 years ago but I'm not sure it's a better one.

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post #9 of 21 Old 04-05-2011, 11:22 AM
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Suzuki service from a Yamaha dealership

I bought my 2007 DL650 new from Action Motor Sports in Fairview, Oregon in February 2007. They've since gone out of business, and Yamaha Sports Plaza now occupies the same location. Even though they only sell Yamahas, their service guys are factory-certified Suzuki techs and have many years of experience working on the brand. They know my bike and they know how to work on it.

The service manager, Steve, is very familiar with V-Stroms and I trust and rely on his advice.

All this from a Yamaha dealership. :-)

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post #10 of 21 Old 04-23-2011, 09:20 AM
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I had to call and have mine specially ordered. It's weird. These are great bikes. Makes me wonder why all the Harley's are on the road.
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