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My brother and I got the chance to take the new V-Strom 1000 for a test ride today. Came away very, very impressed!:thumbup:

Took it from Sydney City Campbelltown. Good guys down there, and had no issues taking it for a good long ride. For something different, when each of us was test riding the new 1000, the other followed on our own 650's, so we really got a good opportunity to compare the two bikes.


Me with the new 1000


The new 1000 & FoxOrange's 650.

I will post a more detailed review soon (here & on my blog), and have some good footage from the Contour Helmet camera.

From the ride: That new 1000 is damn impressive, but the 650 will still hold it's own and was very surprising :yesnod:

More soon.
 

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Looking forward to your thoughts on the 1000. Judging by the (Pending) notation on your signature it looks like you may have made the same mistake as I did; taking a test drive. My pending deal is on a Khaki one. If all goes well will be picking it up tomorrow!
 

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Looking forward to your thoughts on the 1000. Judging by the (Pending) notation on your signature it looks like you may have made the same mistake as I did; taking a test drive. My pending deal is on a Khaki one. If all goes well will be picking it up tomorrow!
Nice going breathnach, you are very lucky to be picking up so soon.

Suzuki Australia had just announced yesterday that the Khaki will be coming to Australia. I have liked the Khaki since they first announced it, but since they never said Khaki was coming as a colour for us I had resigned myself to a Red one.

Not that the Red isn't a good colour, but with nearly every press shot and review being Red, I was almost getting tired of seeing it. I would really like to see some good quality shots of your Khaki when you get it, as this colour option is back on the board for me.

That being said, after todays test ride seeing zedex9r ride the 1000 next to me and then riding it myself and seeing reflections in the shop windows, the Red is started to grow on me again.

As for the test ride.....WOW. What an amazing machine. Suzuki have really hit a home run with this one :thumbup:
 

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FoxOrange,
Will post photos of new bike as soon as can. Like you I picked the Khaki from the get go and with all the red ones in the media coverage and seeing most people pick them as well it just confirmed it. And as you mentioned the test ride is an eyeopener. Initial thoughts were that new bike vs 2012 650 was about style, added HP, and TC. Ride though highlighted suspension, brakes, gear box, and torque. Too much smile factor to ignore. Although 650 is a great bike 1000 is better. In my deal I got them to swap out the Bridgestone Battlewings for Heidenau K60 Scouts. If they work half as well as they look I'll be a grinning fool!
 

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I have started to write the review of the test ride, it is far from finished. It will be a long & wordy, but I am going to make sure it's a good proper review :yesnod:

You can start reading it here: V-STROM 1000 2014 TEST RIDE | A Pair of Stroms

Here is Part 1 of my video footage, more will be posted as I upload it.


Enjoy :thumbup:
 

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650 vs 1000!!!

Got this video finally posted - 650 vs 1000 :yikes:

Best viewed in HD:

 

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Cool! Drag racing...:yesnod:

I bet the 1000 will get up and go a bit faster with a pipe.
 

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Cool! Drag racing...:yesnod:

I bet the 1000 will get up and go a bit faster with a pipe.
Yeah agree on this. :yesnod:

I think that was also the reason why the 650 did so well, the addition of the Akrapovic pipe and K&N filter. These have really transformed the 650 and opened it up so that it could be revved out to redline and made power the whole time.

Plus the 650 is well run in, whereas the 1000 was still new.:mrgreen:

Riding the 1000 felt like riding the stock 650, it feels strangled at the top end. This was solved on the 650 and a pipe will do the same on the 1000.
 

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Riding the 1000 felt like riding the stock 650, it feels strangled at the top end. This was solved on the 650 and a pipe will do the same on the 1000.
How much do you think the "strangling" up top is due to the bike not being run-in yet and my assumption you didn't hammer it since the bike is new?

Bottom line, do you want one after riding it?
 

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How much do you think the "strangling" up top is due to the bike not being run-in yet and my assumption you didn't hammer it since the bike is new?

Bottom line, do you want one after riding it?
I tend to agree that the feeing of the engine being strangled is due to the "newness" of the engine. I just got back from a short ride, and did cheat and got my Vee2 up to 90 mph in 5th gear at 6000 rpm. More power than that I do not need ( it doesn't hurt that I got pulled over a few weeks ago in my car doing 84 in a 55,). I know my '11Wee's engine got better and better with time and really loosened up at 10000 miles. I could cruise all day at 85 mph ( indicated speed).
I bet the Vee2's engine will do the same.
 

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How much do you think the "strangling" up top is due to the bike not being run-in yet and my assumption you didn't hammer it since the bike is new?

Bottom line, do you want one after riding it?
Absolutely yes, do agree that this was a factor. The bike was brand new and still in the running in stage.
Did I hammer it because it was a new demo? You bet I did! :mrgreen:

But yes, I reckon repeat the test against a well run in 650 and run in 1000, and I think the result will be more clear cut. But not to take anything away from the 650, I still attest that it is one of the best engines out there.

Do I want a new 1000 after riding it? Hell yeah! :thumbup:
 

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Part 6 is up, and this has some roll on tests between the 650 & 1000.:thumbup:


We made our way back to the dealership along the back bypass road. This is a nice long piece of road with dual lanes, so we thought it would be a good chance to perform some roll on tests. This would be a better reflection of real world riding conditions, like overtaking etc.

Results again were quite surprising as you can see in the video.

  • In top gear (6th) the 1000 pulled away, from both 80km/h and 100km/h. At 100km/h the result was more pronounced.
  • In 5th gear at 100km/h, the 1000 again pulled away, but the 650 did stick with it.
  • In 4th gear at 100km/h, the 650 stayed with the 1000 for a good while. This was because the 650 was already much higher in its rev range and this speed & gear, and in its “sweet spot” of the power range.
 

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And of course I would imagine that roll on tests with a passenger aboard would be even more pronounced in favor of the 1000. Both great bikes, just depends on how much power you want for what you're doing. I'm still recommending the Glee to my friends who are new to riding and aren't planning on riding with a passenger.
 

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Didn't go for another test ride, but did go and have a look at a white 1000 at another Suzuki dealer today.

The only 1000 I have actually seen so far was the red, was very keen to see a white in the flesh, as this was the colour I wanted since they announced the colours.:yesnod:

White looks great :thumbup:



 
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