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post #1 of 8 Old 12-28-2013, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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New DL650 styling?

In the latest Adventure bike rider -magazine some folks from Suzuki revealed that the DL650 is probably getting a makeover to company the new V-Strom 1000.

What do you think of that? I like the idea. I have -06 650 and if they don't change the appearance of the newer 650 I might change to some other brand.
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The 2014 650 is already out with no changes but color. It just got a major change in 2012. I'd be shocked if anything big changes for years to come. The previous style stayed in place for eight years.

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It's hard to imagine them making any radical changes to the 650 considering they likely have a fair amount of money invested in the parts for the model as it is, as well as quite a few sold units that they will have to maintain going forward. If they could retro the new 1000 parts to fit the 650 then maybe it wouldn't be so bad.

I don't mind the styling of the new 650. It doesn't have a beak, and that's ok.

What don't you like about the 650 styling as it is? Is the beak growing on you?
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I'm in no hurry to chance my bike. My 06 is fully farkled and it has only 29 thousand km's on the clock. There is no competition against weestrom at the moment. I only buy japanese bikes because of the reliability, and I don't want to spend big money. Here in Finland we have saying that if you are poor buy japanese. That way you have more money to tour.

For me the newer weestrom look too girlie. It has mascara on her eyes (headlights). Older one looks more rugged mans bike.

My plan is to buy new bike in about four to five years. I hope that there is new Honda Africa twin, Yamaha 800 Tenere or New Weestrom at the market.
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Style/appearance is way down on my list of priorities. First would most likely be it's ability to pull off the intended purpose. Next is most certainly long range reliability.

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The 2014 650 is already out with no changes but color. It just got a major change in 2012. I'd be shocked if anything big changes for years to come. The previous style stayed in place for eight years.
I'm with you on this one, to much money invested and it will be several years before they make any radical changes to the look. I happen to like the new 650 adv, especially the grey/black with factory equipment, looks good.
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The only thing I can see them changing, is the front end.(maybe giving it the 1000 (14) look if it is a big seller. Would be a fairly easy engineering change. I do not believe they will change anything else, due to money already put into the 2012. I hope they don't put the beak on it, not a big fan.
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I'm in no hurry to chance my bike. My 06 is fully farkled and it has only 29 thousand km's on the clock. There is no competition against weestrom at the moment. I only buy japanese bikes because of the reliability, and I don't want to spend big money. Here in Finland we have saying that if you are poor buy japanese. That way you have more money to tour.

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Same here, it is just about the way I want and almost broken in. :mrgreen:

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