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post #1 of 6 Old 11-19-2019, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Next-Gen Wee-Strom Speculation

I just couldn't resist surveying the Strom cognoscenti as to what Suzuki might have in store for the DL650.

I'm thinking Suzuki will have to do an update for MY 2021 to comply with Euro 5 emissions regulations. I can't see them messing with the formula too much for what may be their most important model. So, no significant changes to suspension travel, frame/fork geometry, or the 17/19 wheel combo. I will go out on a limb and predict a new V-twin engine with a displacement increase. I'll say ~750cc. The reason being is Euro 5 might suck too much power from the 650 (an engine that's already been tweaked for max performance) to have a competitive product.

For feature upgrades I can see the introduction of USD forks, full LED lighting, a little nicer swingarm (similar to Vee), and a split seat. As much as I'd love CC I don't see Suzuki moving the Wee to throttle-by-wire, so as to maintain the lower price point.

Disclaimer: I'm totally unqualified to make such predictions! So what say you?

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-19-2019, 10:44 AM
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Do you really feel the engine is maxed out performance wise? With the way it has so few problems, at least the old ones, I'd call it under stressed.
Other than tweaking to meet emission standards making the engine larger would just be following all the other bike makers in trying to make the fickle buying public happy.
When you ride a wheel barrow of a motorcycle how much change really makes it do it's intended job better?
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Do you really feel the engine is maxed out performance wise? With the way it has so few problems, at least the old ones, I'd call it under stressed.
Other than tweaking to meet emission standards making the engine larger would just be following all the other bike makers in trying to make the fickle buying public happy.
When you ride a wheel barrow of a motorcycle how much change really makes it do it's intended job better?
No I don't, that was an over-simplification. But my thought is perhaps the engine is at a plateau where if gets cranked up any further it will lose the level of durability that Suzuki knows it's V-Strom buyers have come to expect. The 1037cc engine had more untapped headroom in that regard, or so this line of thinking goes.

I could easily be wrong (and it wouldn't bother me at all if I am), but where's the fun in not throwing in at least one bold prediction that goes against what we usually expect from Suzuki?
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I'm not into performance but cruise control on my cars has me spoiled for what it can do. So a wish list for the bike they don't make yet is always acceptable.
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Maybe they will call it a 655 with bold new graphics.


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I agree that adding Cruise Control to the 650 would make me look at purchasing a new one.

Due to problems with my wrists and hands I added a Rostra CC to my 2013 Wee and this had allowed me to continue longer trips. Factory cruise would be fantastic and I am ready for a new bike!
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