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post #21 of 76 Old 04-13-2019, 01:49 PM
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Don't get hung up on a dealer having the latest model year on the showroom. As far as I can tell the only difference between a 2018 and 2019 is color. You can score a great deal on a new 2018 with full factory warranty with a little searching. My 2018 cost me $9977 plus $99 in doc fees in USA currency.
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If you still wonder about engine longevity, Suzuki currently offers 5 years warranty. That's two years more than i got for mine, and four more than honda. Pretty confident in their products, if you ask me.

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[QUOTE=twenty;5377721]hey tom, I get the distinct feeling we've talked before on a forum far, far away...... I'm about a 45 min drive west of Toronto.

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I think what you have experienced with the Suzuki dealership is pretty much what I have seen from all Suzuki dealers I have seen over the years. My first Suzuki was bought in 1969 from a dealership in Northern California that was not much more than a shack.

My impression of Suzuki is that they don't do a great job of selecting their dealers. Even today you never see a large Suzuki dealership but instead see the brand combined in with other brands almost like and after thought. The largest Multi brand M/C dealership in our area as dropped Suzuki because they just weren't selling enough units to make it worth carrying the brand.

I'm not sure what that means long term for Suzuki but they sure don't seem to be setting the world on fire with new creative models these days. I'm not on the market for a new bike, but would have to give serious consideration to Suzuki's poor dealer network before buying.

That being said my over 50K miles 2003 DL1000 still looks good, runs like a top and it's hard to beat the sound of that big V-Twin.


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Don't get hung up on a dealer having the latest model year on the showroom. As far as I can tell the only difference between a 2018 and 2019 is color. You can score a great deal on a new 2018 with full factory warranty with a little searching. My 2018 cost me $9977 plus $99 in doc fees in USA currency.
the problem is that I haven't even sat on a current generation 1000.

the first dealership only had a 2018 demo that was sold. they said I could sit on it because the guy hadn't paid all the money yet, I declined. that's pretty low, the guy has bought it and they're installing extras, it's his bike. makes me wonder if my bike will be their demo when it's in for work or before I pick it up.

the second dealership only had a 2016 demo, which I sat on but I'm not interested in a demo. sure I like to save a buck where I can but I know what I'd do on a demo and that's not how I'd like my engine to be broken in.

maybe there isn't much difference between a 2016 and the next gen but I'm not all that comfortable dropping $18k after taxes and stealership charges without even seeing the colour in person or actually sitting on the thing. to be honest, I cant even believe this is a thing in 2019.

I guess I'm just going to have to expand my search area and maybe take a run to newmarket. I'm sure I'll eventually find a dealer that wants to take my money.

again, thanks for all the replies. my concerns about the engine are long gone, not so much about the state of Canadian dealerships.
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Don't get hung up on a dealer having the latest model year on the showroom. As far as I can tell the only difference between a 2018 and 2019 is color. You can score a great deal on a new 2018 with full factory warranty with a little searching. My 2018 cost me $9977 plus $99 in doc fees in USA currency.
Not a big deal, but the 2019 DL650s now have 4-way flashers.

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Not a big deal, but the 2019 DL650s now have 4-way flashers.
They didn't before??? My '06 Vee has 4-ways!

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Not a big deal, but the 2019 DL650s now have 4-way flashers.
They didn't before??? My '06 Vee has 4-ways!
every year and model except 2017
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the problem is that I haven't even sat on a current generation 1000.
Since you're west of Toronto, I was at Kelley's Cycle Centre in Hamilton yesterday. they have a current (not new though) 1000 in stock with a good looking set of bags on it. Just came in on a trade yesterday morning, wasn't even on their website yet when I saw it in the early afternoon. Since I'm just barely settled into my 650 I didn't get any details on it, but we bought my wifes Kawasaki ER-6N from Kelley's last year, and we've been impressed with the service. If you're not set on new, they're worth checking out.
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You need a different dealer.

I BOUGHT my 2010 Wee with 93,000 km on it for $3k Cdn - was super reliable ( was my second one ) rode it for two seasons and sold it for $3k with 115,000 km on

Aside from stator issues which are unique to Suzuki ...they are very reliable machines. As were my two Suzuki Burgman 650s.


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They aren't in stock in any of the Suzuki dealerships in Japan, either. I had to order mine and so far I've waited about a month. Said it should leave the factory soon, and then another few days to have stuff installed on it.
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