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Roland Brown gives a First Ride of the new Vstrom here...
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 | FIRST RIDE
It seems the print version is shorter or different than the web version. Anyway, in the magazine he says its still not within site of the class leaders. I don't ever think the big Vstrom was ever tryng to be a $20k glamour digital machine. It always seemed to be the basic big bore ADV bike without many frills, affordable to the middle class demographic.
 

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Roland Brown gives a First Ride of the new Vstrom here...
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 | FIRST RIDE
It seems the print version is shorter or different than the web version. Anyway, in the magazine he says its still not within site of the class leaders. I don't ever think the big Vstrom was ever tryng to be a $20k glamour digital machine. It always seemed to be the basic big bore ADV bike without many frills, affordable to the middle class demographic.

Reads like BMW snobs wrote it. :thumbdown:
 

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Don't be so hard on this so-called journalist. He must be extremely perceptive to have written this: "Its beaky styling and 19-inch front wheel suggest that the Strom is a dual-purpose bike, built for dirt as well as asphalt. The fact that we've just ridden almost 200 miles on the road, without venturing onto the trails that cross this part of southern Spain, suggests otherwise." Wow! No where in the review is there even a hint of off-road evaluation.

Instead his finely tuned intuitive senses allow him to conclude it has no off road capabilities without even venturing off the pavement. Maybe the low MSRP helped him to reach that conclusion? If the author continues in this direction he may well be able to write reviews without even riding the bike. Maybe visit a trade show, sit on one, collect some pics & data and go home to write the review from his comfortable desk while wearing pajamas?
 

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Motorcyclist Mag had this to say about the brand new V-Strom 1000 back in 2003:

"Suzuki wasn't interested in letting us try the bike in an off-road situation, so we'll have to presume it's like the others in the genre; not great in the dirt, but certainly capable enough on fire roads and wide trails where the surface is smooth." Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom - Road Test & Review - Motorcyclist Online

This time, Motorcyclist's main criticism goes this way:

"Its beaky styling and 19-inch front wheel suggest that the Strom is a dual-purpose bike, built for dirt as well as asphalt. The fact that we've just ridden almost 200 miles on the road, without venturing onto the trails that cross this part of southern Spain, suggests otherwise."


More than a few Vee owners over the last 11 years might have something to say about its ability to do pretty well for itself off the tarmac. I suspect that in the next 11 years, there'll be quite a few more owners (myself included I hope) saying the same thing.
 

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The funny thing is, the 1190 ADV North American press ride was an asphalt-only ride as well, but without the presumptuous, negative off-road commentary.

So far, the actual off-roading V-Strom comments seem encouraging and in line with most riders' expectations.
 

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I like the review. It's about a (comparatively) affordable, fun and much improved bike. If the reviewer is less than enthusiastic about it after he's ridden the best... who wouldn't be? If it were $800 less the enthusiasm might return. Mine would anyway.

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It is still going to be a good seller, because it is a great all around bike.
 

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I've read several reviews and they keep comparing apples to oranges. They should not be comparing the STROM against 150hp bikes with price tags hitting $20k.
 

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you guys are so damn funny.
If he had lavished praise on it he'd be the greatest moto journalist that ever lived.:green_lol:
 

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you guys are so damn funny.
If he had lavished praise on it he'd be the greatest moto journalist that ever lived.:green_lol:
No, If Suzuki had resurrected the TL motor and added more modes then it would have been almost as good as the others, because it lacked soul or something.
 

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Vstrom

WE ride a goofy looking bike that has no direct competition. Others may be similar but not the same. It has never had a cool factor, has no chrome, and is manufactured by a company that went bankrupt. It is more than a road bike but less than a dual sport. The engine sizes and nature are similar but different from the competition. To us it is cool, has a beauty that is more than skin deep, and we appreciate the creativity of a company that has ignored conventional wisdom. We have found ways to make it go beyond the obvious through creative farkelization. :yesnod:

Suzuki bought into the beak concept, and thus, have opened up the new bike for comparisons. Is it any wonder that the press does not get it, and that they will not speak glowingly of this new bike? :argue:

Such is life. We all know better. :biggrinjester:

Ride safe...
Dave
 

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They'll speak well of it a year from now when they finally realize or admit that it isn't what it was supposed to be, in their minds. It'll finally dawn on them, "oh yeah, it's a V-Strom; pretty good all around bike." Just like the current ones.
 

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Cycle World Review

My Cycle World came today and it's pretty thin. But, there is a review by John Burns that is pretty average. He likes the bike, but he pretty much spouts what most others have said. The best takeaway for me was that he was on the balls of both feet with his 30" inseam.
 

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Seems like the new bike has been getting lackluster reviews, the lack of wind protection is a big one for me, I will probably hold on to my current v-strom
 

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I just read the Cycle World review too and thought it was positive. They basically said it was a "good bike", Suzuki made some improvements, and that most people will be very happy with it. The KTM 1190 Adventure was also reviewed, they basically said it was a "great bike", the best all around bike they've every tested. And as mentioned, yes the magazine is very thin, I thought it was a Harbor Freight or Cycle Gear flyer when I pulled it out of the mailbox, I wonder what's up?
 

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More than a few Vee owners over the last 11 years might have something to say about its ability to do pretty well for itself off the tarmac. I suspect that in the next 11 years, there'll be quite a few more owners (myself included I hope) saying the same thing.

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If you don't have much to say...

I think Cycle World will be a subscription that will lapse for me. The one thing they did not mention, about the new KTM, was the heat off the engine. I have read, in several articles, this is an issue. For me, after having the first FJR, it is a big issue.
I am sure that the bike is very good. Next years model might be 1% stiffer, have .08 more horsepower, and 1.4 more ft. pounds of torque. I would wait for that one!!
Regarding the review on the new 1000 summary is that it is a nice bike.
As most of you know it will be a boring bike, like a Toyota Camry, just put in the key, drive it, change the oil/filters occasionally, and just keep driving it....over and over and over and........
With this bike you will probably never know the "thrill" of having your bike lifted onto a flat bed...unless the tire(s) go kaput!
Sometimes boring isn't a bad thing!!!
 
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