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post #1 of 18 Old 08-02-2014, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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The new Vee2, finally got to ride one.

Well thanks to "Phatguy" Jim very graciously allowed me to ride his brand spanking new 1000 today. As some of you know, I have been around Stroms and this forum for quite some time, so I know a thing or two about them. Well......as for the overall riding experience today, let's just say I was left very impressed. The handling of that bike is just superb, it genuinely felt as nimble as my WR250r and there is zero top heaviness. The brakes and suspension are light years ahead of even the new 650, and the transmission and gearing is on par with the best I have experienced. Chudder and fueling issues are non existent, I rolled on hard going 35 in 4th gear and even in 5th gear and it just took right off with no vibration or ill effects whatsoever. Bike is just scary smooth and deceptively fast, I could really get in trouble on it. In the twisty stuff I just looked where I wanted to go and it went, the new suspension and chassis is planted and quite excellent right out of the crate. Matter of fact the only complaint I had was the idle speed being set too low, but it caused no issues at all. The seat was surprisingly comfortable, and I thought the overall fit and finish of the bike and rider ergonomics as a whole was very good. So yeah, I came away very impressed and feel Suzuki did a fabulous job. Hate to say it, but this bike is so easy to ride, it would actually be a good choice for even novice riders.....NOT that I am condoning or encouraging that in the least bit, but it really is a well put together and easy to ride package. So now I know what it is like, and now I want one!!!! Nah I can be patient, I still love my well equipped 2006, but I think the new super vee has now taken my top choice as my next steed. Hopefully Gwolf will not move this to the 2014 section, I would like to see it stay here in general discussion and see the comments, curiosities and experiences from others added to mine.

Just love that khaki color by the way, looks really good to me and it is different.

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Thanks for posting Big B. Very interesting. All positive comments.

Seems everything I read about them is good news, but there was some new good to be had...

Yeah, I want one too, but I might wait awhile for one. I like the red (bike, that is).

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I bought a couple farkles from him, and got to see the new V2 as well. It was interesting to see it with a few panels off, and I was impressed as well. Nice guy, impressive bike!

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I bought a couple farkles from him, and got to see the new V2 as well. It was interesting to see it with a few panels off, and I was impressed as well. Nice guy, impressive bike!

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Yeah Jim is good people for sure. I too was impressed with the wiring and how clean of an install and set up everything was, looks to be much easier access to run wiring and get to all the guts.

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Thanks for posting Big B. Very interesting. All positive comments.

Seems everything I read about them is good news, but there was some new good to be had...

Yeah, I want one too, but I might wait awhile for one. I like the red (bike, that is).

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I had it out for about 30 minutes, and was real tempted to ride it home. :mrgreen: It truly is not the same machine at all, only real similarity to me from the original was the seating position. The pegs do seem to be a bit further back and I did notice my stance on the ground was different. That engine ran damn good....damn good, and was almost 650 smooth "no joke". The smoothness and linear power in any gear at even low rpms was fantastic, and his engine has relatively few miles on it. Hey maybe he got a really good one, because that engine was very mechanically quiet. Nice throaty exhaust note, and still love to hear that cam whine.

I would personally never consider the new 650 after riding the supervee, more of a good thing works just fine for me.

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Sat on the new Vee at a show 3-4 months back and really liked it. I'm afraid to take one for a ride because I'm not sure I can withstand the temptation.

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I had it out for about 30 minutes, and was real tempted to ride it home. :mrgreen:-------------------That engine ran damn good....damn good, and was almost 650 smooth "no joke". The smoothness and linear power in any gear at even low rpms was fantastic,
I got to ride the Dal Kawa loaner for about 30 minutes just before it was going home for the weekend with a serious customer.

I've never been on the old 1000, but really liked the new 1000.

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The motor, see above.

The handling.

The brakes.

The transmission.

Were I in the market...............................

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I had an opportunity to test ride the new 1000 and I don't think that there will be any need for a '14 650 vs. '14 1000 thread. I think that discussion is done. The 1000 is a great bike with fantastic power, handling and about anything else you could want to discuss. I love my '12 650 but the 1000 is a better bike in every regard.
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Sat on the new Vee at a show 3-4 months back and really liked it. I'm afraid to take one for a ride because I'm not sure I can withstand the temptation.
Yeah I will be kicking myself for doing so, but at least now I won't need a test ride before buying. :mrgreen: I forgot to mention how easy and effortless it was to do a very sharp and quick u-turn, light steering and nice turning radius really felt similar to my WR. Jim had the emgo aprilia mirrors mounted, and I must say they should be standard and look/work great. So maybe the stock mirrors and rack are my only two niggles, and both can be replaced with better options no problem. Allot of quality bike for the money, hard to believe some find it pricey for "what you get".

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I had an opportunity to test ride the new 1000 and I don't think that there will be any need for a '14 650 vs. '14 1000 thread. I think that discussion is done. The 1000 is a great bike with fantastic power, handling and about anything else you could want to discuss. I love my '12 650 but the 1000 is a better bike in every regard.
Other than better gas mileage and using 87 exclusively, that is the only advantage the 650 has as of now.

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