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06-12-2018 12:02 AM
Originally Posted by mschoener View Post
If I had one wish for the wee it would be for a lower exhaust (like the Verys). This would allow panniers (happy trails Teton) to attach closer to the center of the bikke by several inches. As of now the width is a danger.
Suzuki was listening, apparently. The 2017+ model with factory panniers is wrapping close to the new style exhaust, keeping the bike narrow enough for city driving. And the panniers are quite roomy, the left one more so of course.
06-11-2018 06:54 PM
Who? I've been riding bikes since the late 60's and have had more bikes then I can count. I currently own 6 bikes for different types of riding and if I could only have 1 bike it would be the dl650 which I have. However, what were you thinking selling a dual sport type bike with that oil filter sticking out front begging to be knocked off and no skid plate to protect it? For a bike this size it should have a center stand since a bike stand won't fit under it. Not sure if this has happened in the newer models or not but an ABS disable switch is a must have for dirt roads. I'm a 190 lb rider and find the suspension adequate for most conditions. I ride about 50/50 pavement and dirt and this bike handles both with ease considering it's size. I wouldn't even think of trailing it, but I have another bike for that. Over all I'd say you have a winner here but for gods sake at least put a skid plate on it. Trimming weight is always a good thing but i'm not sure how you could accomplish that without compromising other aspects of the bike. Please lose the "beak".
10-17-2017 06:59 PM
Originally Posted by WeeMcD View Post
Low exhaust is a no go for me. Keep it high so I can go where I want to go. Just design the exhaust so everything is a bit "tighter" when put together. For example, some bikes tuck two pipes under the rear fender/luggage rack.

Gets my vote

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05-02-2016 05:48 PM
CB500X......w/Rally Raid Kit

Check out threads on ADV Rider forum under Multicylindered Beast (or something like that) from Japan.....for the little CB500X.....especially with the Rally Raid 3 Level kit fitted (extra $3k....ouch). But many, many folks are trading "down" to this little bike for more off-road capabilities as well as holding its own on the slab at 75-80 mph all day long. I have one (w/o the RR Kit) and love it........feels so much smaller than my Widestrom 650. But the 650 is my go-to bike for camping or distance riding (what little I get to do). I'm bringing the CB500 to the Eastern Vstrom Rally next week in NC........I know, I know.....but am itchin to see how well it performs in the "twisties"......
04-30-2016 11:07 AM
JustPassinThru I'm looking at the CSC RX3 - and how well it's doing. Price is a factor, of course - and the reality of it is, nobody is going to get Japanese-level quality from a Chinese plant. Yet, the minimalist-adventure bike seems to be doing well, with all its limitations.

I would think a high-revving 300, which could make legal speeds, coupled with the lighter weight approaching that of a small dual-sport, would be the better ticket.

For those who want a bigger bike, the 1000 is out there. And...the reality is, Suzuki, the company, is stressed. Their bikes aren't selling well and their cars line is gone from the States. They seem to be culling bike dealerships. Putting an intermediate V-Strom out there is just going to increase cost to service a market that's already out there.

A smaller, lighter ADV would open doors. Find a way to approach the price of China's bikes - the way Kawasaki makes their small models in Thailand - and then bring it in, for smaller, broker, newer riders.
04-30-2016 08:31 AM
DL1000 Pilot A "KLR" type bike with your 650 twin motor and upgraded adjustable suspension would get my attention! Your 650 "WeeStrom is too porky.
12-27-2015 08:15 AM
sbeadg was referring to the riders, not the bike. And of course, there are always exceptions.
12-27-2015 12:48 AM
Originally Posted by sbeadg View Post
I guess I've never owned a "crazy revving" bike. And I never take my DL650 much over 8,500 rpms, as that puts the next gear right in it's power curve. An 8,500 red line would be revvy enough for me, given all the bike's other attributes. We're not a crotch rocket crowd here last time I checked...
given that one of the vstrom's parents is the nuclear banana... some might beg to differ.
11-27-2015 06:49 AM
Originally Posted by uncaged View Post
Suzuki 750 Triple....

About 90hp. under 400 lbs. scrambler style dualsport. retro styling, no ass up in the air pointing skyward.

Oh Yeah!

Sunday Salon: Suzuki T500 ? The Best Bike (Almost) Nobody Remembers

70 hp. 507 lbs. Agree on the styling!
11-27-2015 03:33 AM
uncaged Suzuki 750 Triple....

About 90hp. under 400 lbs. scrambler style dualsport. retro styling, no ass up in the air pointing skyward.

Oh Yeah!

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