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Hi folks, brought the new '14 home yesterday.

Having never riden one before (local dealer does not offer test rides, nearest other dealer is 3hrs away), but having put 65k Kms on a '09 Wee I had the following observations.

Motor seemed rough/vibratey when accelerating compared to the Wee, does this smooth out once the motor is broken in?

Herky jerky fueling at the lower rpms in 1st and 2nd gears, the feeling was not smooth like the Wee. I understand some folks are using a throttle tamer and ECU modes to address that, I'll tighten up the throttle slack and see if that helps. I also ordered the 16t front sprocket given the positive reviews.

Nice and narrow between the knees when standing up on the pegs and I feel like I'm sitting on the bike instead of in it like the Wee. Also is very responsive to bar inputs, more so than the Wee (feels more flickable).

Time to mount the farkles!
 

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I've got a '14 Vee and can't relate to the rough/vibration during acceleration. Might want to get that checked out.
Regarding the snatchy throttle at low speeds, I do experience that, but it is about the same as my '04 Wee so I am used to it.
Enjoy the new bike!
 

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Fueling problem on low rpm could be solved not with ECU mods, but with ECU swap. ECU swap is on the move in Europe now. Swaps are to new J02 ECU. First Vee2 models (mine included) came out of the factory with J00 ECU. Before ECU swaps started here in Europe, I solved the problem by installing X-TRE.
There is one intermediate model of ECU, J01, that has a problem on many bikes , of sudden power loss on 2nd and 3rd gear. J02 ECU is final.
 

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Fueling problem on low rpm could be solved not with ECU mods, but with ECU swap. ECU swap is on the move in Europe now. Swaps are to new J02 ECU. First Vee2 models (mine included) came out of the factory with J00 ECU. Before ECU swaps started here in Europe, I solved the problem by installing X-TRE.
There is one intermediate model of ECU, J01, that has a problem on many bikes , of sudden power loss on 2nd and 3rd gear. J02 ECU is final.
Is there any word that ECU swaps are a possibility in the US? I've got a 2014 but not sure which ECU I have. I've experienced the 2-3 stall and would happily move to a newer ECU.
 

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Hi folks, brought the new '14 home yesterday.

Having never riden one before (local dealer does not offer test rides, nearest other dealer is 3hrs away), but having put 65k Kms on a '09 Wee I had the following observations.

Motor seemed rough/vibratey when accelerating compared to the Wee, does this smooth out once the motor is broken in?

Herky jerky fueling at the lower rpms in 1st and 2nd gears, the feeling was not smooth like the Wee. I understand some folks are using a throttle tamer and ECU modes to address that, I'll tighten up the throttle slack and see if that helps. I also ordered the 16t front sprocket given the positive reviews.

Nice and narrow between the knees when standing up on the pegs and I feel like I'm sitting on the bike instead of in it like the Wee. Also is very responsive to bar inputs, more so than the Wee (feels more flickable).

Time to mount the farkles!
The engine on the 1000 is rougher sounding and feeling than on the Glee (no experience with the Wee). It doesn't seem to get any better with more mileage. I think it is just a physical characteristic of the larger pistons in the 1000.

Some think that raising the forks about 10mm helps improve the turn-in. There's quite a bit of suspension adjustment you can do to set it up to your style of riding.
 

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My engine is smooth. The timing gear whine is normal. I had to tighten the throttle cables at the throttle bodies.

Yes, more flickable. Also much fun in winds. Do adjust the sag and compression & rebound damping to your liking, and readjust as the suspension breaks in.
 

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When I first got my bike, I thought about raising the forks like I did on my previous Vee, however after riding a bit I felt the turn-in was just fine as is. And, I agree, the bike is a blast even in gusty winds, haven't had to slow down yet.
 

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I am another new/first time V-Strom owner (2015 DL1000A), and haven't ridden a v-twin in several years. I am accustomed to the unique V4 engine sounds and vibrations of my old Honda VFR 800 and the whine of my old ST1300 V4. I am hoping the lumpy vibes I'm getting under acceleration from this new bike is just the nature of this particular motor and not something else. I would not think about using the word "smooth" to describe the power. Thoughts?

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Our 2014 Veekstrom is as smooth as silk- even pulling away in 4/5 gear from 2500 rpm!
Initially it wasnt so!...It did take several thousand kilometres -1500 miles or more before it really smoothed out.
Now with 12,000 kilometres ,7500 miles it couldnt be smoother. snatchy throttle was addressed at the first service- I has the throttle freeplay reduced.My advice is ride it till the first 600 mile service and see how it is, then if any issues, get them addressed at that time :)
 

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Our 2014 Veekstrom is as smooth as silk- even pulling away in 4/5 gear from 2500 rpm!
Initially it wasnt so!...It did take several thousand kilometres -1500 miles or more before it really smoothed out.
Now with 12,000 kilometres ,7500 miles it couldnt be smoother. snatchy throttle was addressed at the first service- I has the throttle freeplay reduced.My advice is ride it till the first 600 mile service and see how it is, then if any issues, get them addressed at that time :)
I have just under 1000 miles on mine, and it is fairly rough, especially compared to the 650, so maybe some more miles will help. Of course, one person's smooth, might be unacceptably rough to the next guy...there's really no objective way to compare without having them side by side.
 

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Hi!
Just have picked up my new L5 and made first 100km. My dealer also dont have demo bikes, so I was bought it bay reviews.
In first few hundret meters i didnt understend whats happening, everething startet getting loud, little bit later at 80km/h it was not possible to concentrate on the road - wind noise was unbelievable, it was nightmare. I am 186cm (6"2.5)
In reviews was said that the windshield is not doing the job wery well, but its terrible. I dont understand how people are riding these with stock screens.
I am going to order Puig screen, because puig is only screen wich looks nice, hope it will do the job. I just dont know about the dark smoke color, how is with visibility?
My ecu is J01, bike is nervous and jerky at low rpms, twice had misfaire in air box, but no stalling.
I was ready to replace wind screen and ecu, so no problems with that. Just didnt think that wind problem is so terrible.
But the last one dissapointed me and will stick in ayes for years! While riding home (100km) i have damaged tank by pants on bouth sides. I cant clen it, and as it is dark grey matt it cant be polished. Have added protective films. Am Ionly one here who had scratched tank with pants in less than 2 hours ride? If the paint is so weak, what will be after a few years after daily riding and traveling?




 

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Motor seemed rough/vibratey when accelerating compared to the Wee
you should try a Ducati ...

Herky jerky fueling at the lower rpms in 1st and 2nd gears
you should also try a Ducati ...

any Japanese V-twin is literally "BUTTER SMOOTH" compared to Ducatis, specially aircooled and pre-testastretta models


-Note: this is a coming from a Ducati owner, and regrettably ex-Vstrom owner :var_38:
 

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I've since been told by mechanic friend that the rough engine feel could be from the Vee2's larger pistons over the smaller Wee's configuration.
 

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It does have a unique rumble feel.
 

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Strangely, when I picked up my 2015 DL1000 end of July last summer the motor felt very similar to my 2012 DL650. It did have slightly more vibration I think but really just a matter of degree rather than some major difference (ie it didn't become a Harley at an idle.) If anything I was surprised a how much the whole package felt like my 2012 DL650 just more brakes, power, better suspension and handling.

..Tom
 
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