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post #1 of 65 Old 06-29-2007, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy So Long DL-1000!

After talking with my friends at Suzuki, it appears the V-Strom 1000 will not be offered in the states for 2008. They are keeping the 650, but with no changes. I had been waiting to buy a DL-1000 to see what changes, if any, were going to be made to the 2008 model. I was told back in March of this year that production was being stopped for sale in the US and the only 2007's that would be available were the bikes already in the assembly stage. Being it was only a rumor at that time, I decided to wait until the dealer meeting in Vegas to find out if it was true or not.
Now Suzuki is attempting to classify the Hayabusa in the Sport-Touring category. This does not make a lot of sense, unless they perform a lot of changes to make the bike more comfortable and rider friendly. The introduction of the B-king is not getting the wave reviews Suzuki thought it would. This being because it looks like the bikes of yesterday, yet it come standard with the price of tomorrow.
Suzuki still has a few tricks up their sleeves, yet to be announced later in the summer. I think because they were in such a hurry to compete with Kawasaki's 1400, they made many of their decisions too prematurely. For a quick preview of the 2008's, click on this link. But if you are running Netscape, it probably won't work. Use either IE or Firefox.
2008 Suzuki's: www.media.suzuki.com/mc/index.php?modelid=1&model_year=08
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post #2 of 65 Old 06-29-2007, 03:34 PM
 
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What a shame! Maybe they are working on a 2009 model that will meet emissions standards?
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post #3 of 65 Old 06-29-2007, 03:57 PM
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At least the Wee survivies. Dressing up the busa into a sportbike . . . hmm.

I'm thinking Suzuki is a little nervous about the new Concours? That one will use the 1400 cc engine, tuned for torque that the ZX14 has been using.

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While I prefer my 650 I don't understand why take the DL1000 off the lineup. Was there a sales report showing such a decrease in sale of the 1000 since the intro of the 650 by chance to warrant such things?
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Not so fast there....just hold up a bit. Who is starting that rumor???
After owning 2 Vmax motorcycles (there are Vmax snowmobiles, too), I have heard down through the years that the next year, etc. etc. would be the last year for the Vmax. Well, they are still making them today, and there was a showbike recently that showed the future Max. A bunch of us from the Vmax group here in Pa went to a meeting in Chicago a few years back with some very high-up people in Yamaha to get ideas from what the next Max should be. They did assure us that the Max will be produced for a "very long time". So I wouldn't go that far. I don't want to get into a contest, I just speak from experience.
There have been bikes that were very popular in the past that are still with us. There are bikes that didn't sell well and are gone. The VStrom line appears to be very strong and has a following here in the states. I have a hard time believing that this is the last year for the model. Only time will tell....

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I was afraid that would happen. The DL1000 has been on the edge of the emissions envelope for years. It only passed by being set too lean to run smoothly though the rev range. It would take a major redesign to meet the 2008 standards and a major redesign usually means a new model entirely. The 650 was able to pass with more plumbing and dual plug heads.

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if i were a betting man, i'd wager the vee will come back as a supermoto. and soon.
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Any idea what this will do for prices on bikes that are in the showrooms? Does this mean a big price drop on leftover '05's and '06's and new '07s or will prices rise due to short supply?

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Any idea what this will do for prices on bikes that are in the showrooms? Does this mean a big price drop on leftover '05's and '06's and new '07s or will prices rise due to short supply?
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I was afraid that would happen. The DL1000 has been on the edge of the emissions envelope for years. It only passed by being set too lean to run smoothly though the rev range. It would take a major redesign to meet the 2008 standards and a major redesign usually means a new model entirely. The 650 was able to pass with more plumbing and dual plug heads.
If KTM and HARLEY can meet U.S. emission standards I don't see why Suzuki can't do it, maybe lack of sales, redesign? a catalytic converter and a closed loop system will get the job done but then that would mean we could not screw with the system. I don't think the bike is a big sales item and Suzuki being the smallest company I think Dollars has a lot to do with it. Most of the buyers being short on dollars, usually entry level buyers, will opt for the 650 over the 1000. The size of the converter needed for this bike would fit right in and add to the UGLY already present. GW how do you like your steering dampner and how does it affect the bikes handling?
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