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Like I said in another thread, I went today for a demo ride (2x 1000 1x 650) at my dealer and really liked the 1000

The first ride on the 1000 I wasn't feeling it. 1st the hydraulic clutch feel disconnected from the bike. 2nd the tank feel too large between the legs. 3rd the engine didn't feel exiting. I then tested the 650 and I realized that on the 1000 I was staying in the low RPM range... So 2nd ride on the 1000 felt much much better, keeping the rev in the 5-6k range like the 650. I also started to get use to the clutch and to be honest even if the tank is a bit larger I was feeling less cramp on the 1000 than the new 650. This is coming from a new rider so take it with a grain of salt.

Wife already told me to go buy it, but for some unknown reason I'm still not sure... I'll do some more research tonight and sleep on it.
 

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I'm not sure I understand the problem. I would have ridden it home (the long way).
yup, I don't understand myself right now either...

At 6,000 rpm, you're just coming into the good range. You have 4,000 rpm to go. Use it. It makes a big difference.
yeah on my 650 the bike really pickup after 5000, but with the amount of power the 1000 was giving me and being in a group ride I couldn't go more than 6000 or I would have been in first gear for 2/3 or the ride
 

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Sounds like the bike didn't really excited you. Otherwise, you would not have doubts. Maybe go test ride an African Twin or a Yamaha s10. See if they do it for you. Thanks for posting your impressions. ;-)
 

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Sounds like the bike didn't really excited you. Otherwise, you would not have doubts. Maybe go test ride an African Twin or a Yamaha s10. See if they do it for you. Thanks for posting your impressions. ;-)
It certainly doesn't hurt to try other bikes, but the V2 (3) is an impressive bike too. It doesn't matter which bike you buy, you will be used to riding it after the first week and will love it.

I think modifying a stock bike is one of the major fun points of ownership, take what you have and improve it.
 

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I sat on an Africa Twin and immediately wanted it a whole bunch.

Oddly, I've never bonded with my DL1000. It's just the best utility bike I've had. Most comfy. Has this industrial quality that I enjoy. It's really grown on me over the miles. I am not entirely sure what kind of bike I had as a "model" at any point in my life, but I know that the DL1000 stretched and changed that. If I have to just run around without really "motorcycling" it is the bike I grab. Great transportation! At the same time, if I happen to be running around on errands and decide to ride to Montana instead, I wouldn't hesitate.

Overall, being able to get the fit right seems a very crucial thing.

Regardless, the general seating position on the DL1000 is the very best I've had for me. Without lowering the pegs. I do need to bop the bars up, but somehow never get around to it.
 

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Well I found my problem after replaying yesterday in my head. I'm not paying MSRP!

After the demo, I asked for a price and the guy basically just looked at the Suzuki web site and show me the msrp, so I felt he wasn't really interested in selling me the bike and I left. I went for a little joy ride on my 650 on some back road and on the way home and decided to stop at another dealer. Same story there for the price, but he was really aggressive with his 2016 that he had on the floor, but that's not what I wanted...

So I'll make some calls to other dealers in the hope to find a better price than MSRP.
 

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Well I found my problem after replaying yesterday in my head. I'm not paying MSRP!...So I'll make some calls to other dealers in the hope to find a better price than MSRP.
Good luck with your search.

I got to ride a Vee2 at Romney a few weeks ago. Really liked it. Compared to my 650 there was a much bigger power surge, even at lower RPM, and even in higher gears. Really put a smile on my face. I want a Vee2 too someday.
 

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I did not enjoy my first ride on a V2, I thought it would be true love but it was not, the bike was poorly set up by the dealer.

After ridding a couple more I knew I could change enough stuff that I would grow to like it and I did.

I still have a soft spot in my heart for my Wee but the V2 does everything better.
 
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Well I guess I'll wait for the snow come back, even one dealer wanted more than MSRP after preparation and other stuff...

In the meantime I'll be installing a 14T sprocket on the Wee
 

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Get the 1000. I got it almost a month ago. And it excites you. And you don't have to be on 5-6000 rpm to enjoy it.
Going to see a 2016 tomorrow with my wife. Let's hope they want it off the floor to get more room for the 2018

 

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MSRP is just a guide

Well I found my problem after replaying yesterday in my head. I'm not paying MSRP!

After the demo, I asked for a price and the guy basically just looked at the Suzuki web site and show me the msrp, so I felt he wasn't really interested in selling me the bike and I left. I went for a little joy ride on my 650 on some back road and on the way home and decided to stop at another dealer. Same story there for the price, but he was really aggressive with his 2016 that he had on the floor, but that's not what I wanted...

So I'll make some calls to other dealers in the hope to find a better price than MSRP.
Keep checking for the deal. I've been offered the DL1000 SE for just under 14K.
 

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The wee is a great bike in its own right; and in comparison to the V2, you will get better mpg with the DL650 and the wee is about 30 lbs. lighter. Beyond that , the V2 is superior in most every category, power, brakes, suspension, etc. The V2 is not a bigger DL650. It is a different and very noticeable different class of bike.

The V2 wakes up at about 2500 rpm and the max torque is about 4K rpm. So, you get a whole lot of power very quick. Riding around town, you have no need to go beyond 2nd or 3rd gear, on most roads.

For touring on the V2, when traveling at 70 mph- in 5th gear, the rpms are only around 4K and the motor is not even breathing heavy. At that point, you still have an extra gear and PLENTY of power left. Add to that a great suspension the ride feels really planted and is very stable in the crosswinds, even on the turbulent Interstates.

For safety, the awesome brakes, ABS and traction control provide an experience that really helps the V2 to keep you out of harm's way.

My current ride is a 2014 DL1000a and it is my favorite bike to date.
So, for my money, I would choose the V2.
 

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Well after installing the 14T front sprocket on the Wee I decided to put on hold any purchase.
 

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Well after installing the 14T front sprocket on the Wee I decided to put on hold any purchase.
You are in a good position with this, you can afford to wait for a super bargain to move to another bike, maybe something in Fall or Winter, meanwhile enjoy what you got for the season. Not a good time to buy a bike really.
 

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Ya what Bugzy said, your in a good spot to take your time and find the right deal. I walked into the dealer ready to pull the trigger on a Wee, but ended up riding away with a 1000 after test riding. The V2 changed my mind in one ride for me. Good luck in your search.
 
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