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post #11 of 31 Old 09-22-2008, 10:52 AM
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I'd like to see an adjustable windscreen ala the madstad, it seems most people are able to tailor the windscreen to better suit them with it. For the 650 I would like to see them add a fake cannister on the non exhaust side and maybe stick a tire repair kit or something in it. And I would like to see some sort of auxillarly electrical outlet for guys with a gps or electric vest. I like the bike a lot stock, but the factory guys with all their resources can and should continue to refine and fine tune the bike.
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post #12 of 31 Old 09-22-2008, 12:17 PM
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Really small thing: make it so the speedo and tach needles don't fade after a year.

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post #13 of 31 Old 11-22-2010, 08:27 PM
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Doubling the price and calling it the result of German Engineering would make it seem improved.

I wish they would include a chrome turbocharger with NOS.
I'm with Stromin'Nroman on the Turbo and NOS at least as a option and perhaps "Full Time Two Wheel Drive" or "AWD" of course optional.
Also the luggage rack Hibachi Grill option could be a joint Suzuki/Givi venture.

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The only feature I disliked from the beginning -- and this is merely a cosmetic consideration -- were the ugly, easy-to-damage and essentially functionless plastic tank side panels, so I simply took them off.
Any pics without the side panels?

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post #15 of 31 Old 12-16-2010, 10:05 PM
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Feedback after first season

I have completed my first season with my 2010 DL650 (ABS). I am very pleased with the machine with the exception of:

a) a centre stand should be standard equipment.
b) I'm 5'8" and have never ridden a machine that gives such helmet buffetting
(in all oem windshield positions) - time for the aftermarket stuff.
c) hand guards should be standard equipment
d) nice to have a tire pressure monitoring system available as an oem accessory.
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post #16 of 31 Old 12-16-2010, 10:46 PM
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This thread got me to thinking of why I like the Wee so much, even more than those "why do you like your V-Strom" threads. Of the 18 or so bikes I have owned over the years, this is the only one for which I don't have a ready list of desired improvements. It's just about perfect right out of the box (of course, I don't consider farkles to be modifications to the basic platform).

The only feature I disliked from the beginning -- and this is merely a cosmetic consideration -- were the ugly, easy-to-damage and essentially functionless plastic tank side panels, so I simply took them off.
I'd like to see pictures of that. They do seem pretty useless, other than a little wind deflection and style. I agree with the higher front fender, and would also love to see aftermarket wind protection for the legs.

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Being a chain dragger and not a race bike, the bike needs a center stand for proper (i.e.-often & regular) chain maintenance.

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I've had many many bikes but the DL650 is the best one so far as versatility and economy. The ME in me started crunching numbers and I think bumping up the cc to 700 without increasing the weight would be great. Here are my thoughts on such a change: First the increased piston size will have about .005% change in overall weight. The mileage will decrease by about 3 or 4 mpg which is still in the very good range. But the horse power will increase (conservatively) by about 6 or 8. If Suzuki has learned any new tricks in the last few years, maybe even a 10HP increase. That in my opinion would give us a little extra on the highway when we are all loaded down for a long trip with an acceptable decrease in mileage.

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