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post #1 of 24 Old 05-26-2008, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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What the heck is this?? Pic

Never saw one of these before, it's a 2005. Did Kawasaki make a 650 variation? So who designed the V-Strom Suzuki or Kawasaki?


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Suzuki sold some to Kawy. They only did this for a year or two. This is a DL1000 with different skin.

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Definitely just a 1K Vstrom, chop or rebadging.
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I believe Suzuki got to re-badge some Kaw in return.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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I saw one of these on a trailer last year, just before i got my Wee.

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Really? It was a Europe only thing so it would be very unusual to see one in the USA.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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rebadge it yourself here in the US
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i seem to remember reading suzuki/kawasaki have semimerged. they share several models. i guess this is/was one of 'em.
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I believe Suzuki got to re-badge some Kaw in return.
I believe you are right. One of Kawasaki's cruisers, I think.

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Although I don't have all the facts what I remember was that a few years ago Kawasaki and Suzuki marketed a few models together. They never really merged per say but basically rebadged some models. I think there was talk of a complete merger/colaboration but it never came to fruition (man it's hard to try and spell these big words after some beverage!).

As far as I remember the deal feel through and all models are back to what they were.

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