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post #1 of 31 Old 12-20-2006, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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My ideas for future DL650 improvements

It's nice to see that Suzuki is still improving the V-Strom with antilock brakes and other minor modifications. (Wish they would tell us for sure why they made the other changes.) It is sad when manufacturers make no changes to a bike for many years. My compliments to Suzuki!

Most of our minor complaints can be solved by the application of aftermarket farkles, but there are some that really need to be addressed by the factory wizards. I think these are:

1. Wider range of gear ratios

2. Greater alternator output

I think just about all DL650 owners would appreciate these changes regardless of how they use their bikes. I don't think there is much point trying to fix the seat or windscreen because riders have such different requirements.


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It's nice to see that Suzuki is still improving the V-Strom with antilock brakes and other minor modifications. (Wish they would tell us for sure why they made the other changes.) It is sad when manufacturers make no changes to a bike for many years. My compliments to Suzuki!

Most of our minor complaints can be solved by the application of aftermarket farkles, but there are some that really need to be addressed by the factory wizards. I think these are:

1. Wider range of gear ratios

2. Greater alternator output

I think just about all DL650 owners would appreciate these changes regardless of how they use their bikes. I don't think there is much point trying to fix the seat or windscreen because riders have such different requirements.


Take Care,

Mike Brown
Vancouver, WA

Hi Mike, just hafta say that changing the 650's seat would be a good thing....Suzuki knows that the current seat only works for flyweights and that more foam and harder foam is needed to make the seat work in the american market at a minimum. There is no reason that the bike could not be offered with a choice of seats. Order what you need from the get go. Not an extra cost add on after the sale...that sucks from a customer's viewpoint, and while I am at it, Suzuki could lead the marketplace by providing a range of spring and shock combinations for the discerning buyer. They would be building a better product and yes, it would add some cost to the bike, but wouldnt you pay an extra hundred or two initially to get a seat that works and a shock and spring that is valved/sized right for your weight????? Sure you would and so would I and thousands of other people too. This could be a marketing master stroke for them. Allow some personalization, have spring and shock combos at the dealers so if you need more or less than the standard, one-size-fails-to-fit-all spring, you can get it when the bike is assembled at the dealer. Happier customers mean more profit for Suzuki and for their dealer network. Everybody wins....

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2. Greater alternator output
The K8 models do already have a larger alternator than the previous year models.
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What is a K8 model?
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Doubling the price and calling it the result of German Engineering would make it seem improved.

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Doubling the price and calling it the result of German Engineering would make it seem improved.
Suzuki could almost claim that now anyway.
The whole Strom project was driven by Suzuki's German subsidiary in much the same way the original Katana was.
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1. Wider range of gear ratios
Wouldnt changing the sprockets get a person close to where they were trying to go?

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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.
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