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Nice find on the CW article. I've been waiting for a full test from a US print magazine, and CW is generally my favorite.
 

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From the article:

"Engine performance is slightly marred, however, by abrupt off-idle throttle response. Rather than delivering proportionate acceleration any time the grip is twisted from closed to open, the bike lurches forward as though the throttle had been turned much farther. You can get used to this idiosyncrasy after a while, but you shouldn’t have to."


Deal breaker for me. Sad.
 

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From the article:

"Engine performance is slightly marred, however, by abrupt off-idle throttle response. Rather than delivering proportionate acceleration any time the grip is twisted from closed to open, the bike lurches forward as though the throttle had been turned much farther. You can get used to this idiosyncrasy after a while, but you shouldn’t have to."


Deal breaker for me. Sad.
This is an artifact of the FI. A Throttle Tamer will fix this easily.
 

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The Yamaha FZ1 had the same problem, customers complained and they issued a "hotfix" for the abruptness problem. I think the customer brought the bike in and they reflashed the ECU
 

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"Engine performance is slightly marred, however, by abrupt off-idle throttle response. Rather than delivering proportionate acceleration any time the grip is twisted from closed to open, the bike lurches forward as though the throttle had been turned much farther. You can get used to this idiosyncrasy after a while, but you shouldn’t have to."

I think Suzuki was trying to make 1st generation DL1000 riders feel more at home on the new bike....."Suzuki F.I. chudder-simulation", or SFICS - since Suzuki likes those acronyms....
 

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This is an artifact of the FI. A Throttle Tamer will fix this easily.
I suspect it's more of an artifact of what they had to do with mapping to pass emissions controls. A Power Commander could fix it as well. Another option would have been for Suzuki to revise the throttle linkage geometries themselves when they ran into issues with the lean idle requirements, and/or to program a solution into the secondaries. I expect a bit better given the price increase. If I bought one in Canada instead of the U.S. at their lower price, I'd be OK with it.
 

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How great are those horsepower and torque traces -- I'd say PERFECT for this type of bike.
 

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From the article:

"Engine performance is slightly marred, however, by abrupt off-idle throttle response. Rather than delivering proportionate acceleration any time the grip is twisted from closed to open, the bike lurches forward as though the throttle had been turned much farther. You can get used to this idiosyncrasy after a while, but you shouldn’t have to."


Deal breaker for me. Sad.
I've been commuting in heavy traffic with mine, lots of on-off throttle, and this hasn't seemed too big an issue. Seems much like the same throttle snatch as on my Wee, so I must have already been used to this idiosyncrasy. Certainly haven't "lurched" into the rear of anyone yet. :D

I liked the review and fully agree with the comments regarding handling, stability, unusually good stock seat and very good braking.

EDIT: Finally, the number I've been waiting for!!!!: 1/4 MILE 11.60 sec. @ 112.82 mph
Yes not terribly fast by bike standards but, it'll do, it'll do.... ;)
 

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Looks like Cycleworld is the first magazine with review of the new Strom.
The April Dirt Bike has a test ride on it (as did the April Rider). Not much substance to it (seems the way press reviews are these days). And credibility is rendered doubtful with their apparent misconception (suggested in two places) that the V-Strom 1000 has not been available since 2008. (?!)

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In this months Ultimate Motorcycling (Mar/Apr 2014) and the April 2014 issue of Rider have reviews of the 2014 1000.

Both favourable and no mention of any problems of lurching, etc...

OldMedic.....
 

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In this months Ultimate Motorcycling (Mar/Apr 2014) and the April 2014 issue of Rider have reviews of the 2014 1000.

Both favourable and no mention of any problems of lurching, etc...

OldMedic.....
The unpredictable lurching helps keep the rider from falling asleep due to the lack of top-end excitement... :mrgreen:
 

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Paul Dean is a good tester. If he says it had an abrupt off idle throttle then I'm sure that their test unit did. It may well be that they all don't but no point in making excuses. If it does turn out to be widespread hopefully Suzuki will fix it. Doubtful since they never saw fit to do anything about the first generation bikes but one can hope.
 

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The April Dirt Bike has a test ride on it (as did the April Rider). Not much substance to it (seems the way press reviews are these days). And credibility is rendered doubtful with their apparent misconception (suggested in two places) that the V-Strom 1000 has not been available since 2008. (?!)
Possibly a re-hashed European review where I'm sure it was the Euro 3 emissions which stopped the Vee being sold in Europe, in which case, not the first review carried out on the western side of the Atlantic :yikes:

Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom (2002-2008) Motorbike Review | MCN
 
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