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post #1 of 15 Old 07-28-2006, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Bad Review?

Has anyone EVER seen a negative review of the DL650?
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-28-2006, 11:46 AM
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Some little outfit in the UK did one. It was so full of factual errors it couldn't be taken seriously.

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Re: Bad Review?

Originally Posted by Hillbilly
Has anyone EVER seen a negative review of the DL650?
reviews have crabbed one thing or another and owners usually have something that they don't like & intend to improve (like the seat or windscreen) but all the reviews I have seen are overall positive.

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post #4 of 15 Old 07-28-2006, 06:06 PM
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Have you even seen any negative review of anything in any magazine except Motorcycle Consumers News? Magazines don't want to lose advertisers. What you have to look for is things like "for next year they may want to improve _______" or " _______ was slightly less refined than other motorcycles in this class." That is equal to saying "______ was a big problem for this reviewer."

Now MCN is a different story. They take no advertising dollars so they can say what they want. But I may be a little bias.
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Now MCN is a different story. They take no advertising dollars so they can say what they want.
Just for the record, MCN liked the V-Strom.


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post #6 of 15 Old 07-28-2006, 08:24 PM
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Not the 650 but a comparison review of 6 dual motorbikes of which the 2003 or 2004 DL1000 was one. Can't remember all of them and can't find the website again.

From memory there was a BMW R1200GS, a Buell, a KTM and others I can't remember.

It was a cross country multi-day test by the six riders with the main criteria being how much fun the bikes were along with all the other usual test criteria.

The V-Strom came 5th and the BMW streaked the field in everything but the one thing the Suzuki won by a mile, which was value for money.

The way I remember how the outcome came about and why the Suzuki was marked down so much was the riders thought the V-Strom was the least fun of all the bikes to ride. They didn't say there was anything particularly wrong with it but probably because it does so many things in a no fuss, no big deal way (that's what I find with mine) they had the perception it wasn't a whole load of fun to ride.

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post #7 of 15 Old 07-29-2006, 12:55 AM
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Of course it only came in at #5. How else would you rate a cheap Japanese bike against a BMW or the like. In the real world we have to pay for our toys not get them to just ride and evaluate for a pay cheque. Granted, in many respects a BMW is a very fine bike but why would I want one when a Suzuki will serve me faithfully for years and cost less. Besides, it is too ugly for some one to steal it.

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You're probably thinking of the six-bike 2006 Adventure Touring Comparo done by Motorcycle USA:

The thing is, the comments in the article itself aren't bad. There were some other areas the 'Strom came out on top (most power, top speed, acceleration, highway manners, and weather protection). Of course the KTM and BMW will be the top two no matter what, that's just a given for a test like this. Ironically, those were the only bikes that had mechanical problems on the test (the KTM's carberation going off and the Beemer breaking a luggage mount). But based on the article it would seem that they would've had it pegged for third. It got the low final rating mainly because of the fun factor and it's looks (they said the riding position makes you look dorky, for example).

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-29-2006, 03:57 PM
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They just reviewed the DL650 in the new issue of Cycle World. They had it head-to-head with the Ducati Multistrada. Hehe. You should pick it up and enjoy how the Strom walks all over the Strada.


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It's amazing to me whenever a reviewer actually factors cost into their review. However, value never seems to be the deciding factor in any review I can recall reading.

I for one get sick and tired of reading glowing reviews of Italian bikes that will never be sold in numbers about triple digits (being generous).

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