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post #1 of 14 Old 09-17-2013, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new here coming off a cruiser and ready for a Vee (or possibly a Wee). I test drove a 2012 DL1000 today and it felt great. I'd like some input on the deal I am considering. It's an Adventure with extras (OEM Touring luggage package, Givi crash bars, MRA windscreen w/ spoiler, rear fender eliminator, Upgraded ECM & plugs, sliders, swingarm buttons, race stand, 12vt. outlets etc.) It has 4,100 miles. I think I can get it for $9,000. Comments / advice?
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I don't know anything about it price wise. I will say that the factory saddlebags aren't worth much of anything in my opinion. I have them on my '11 650 and they are cheaply made, flimsy and leak. The racks that they attach to are fairly well made so if/when these break I plan to mount something like Pelicans to it.
I only mention it in case they are a major factor to you in the purchase. They are better than no saddlebag but don't count them as worth much.

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I'd consider waiting a couple of months for the all new 2014 DL1000, or maybe getting a 2012 or 2013 650 now. In many ways the 650 has been the better all around bike than the 1000 unless you really want that extra power (2-up up hill at freeway speed, etc.), and the 2012 650 was a significant improvement over the earlier 650s in many ways. Still, if that Vee has the equipment you like and the ride puts a big smile on your face, and you don't look back after you've made a purchase, great.

The Suzuki Cycles web site shows the 2012 DL1000 Adventure priced at $10,999 and the base model at $10,399--could they still have some in the warehouse? They don't show any 1000s on the 2013 or 2014 pages.

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Good advice

Thanks to both of you for the thoughtful advice. I agree those Givi bags looked a little flimsy. As for the 650 I just looked at a '13 today and think that will be great for my needs. Plus they are throwing in the aluminum side bags as a dealer incentive - I like those better. I'm closing in and may have a new bike in my garage by the weekend! Not sure I'll call it a "Glee" though... "ya, I ride a Glee" just don't sound right.
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Thanks to both of you for the thoughtful advice. I agree those Givi bags looked a little flimsy. As for the 650 I just looked at a '13 today and think that will be great for my needs. Plus they are throwing in the aluminum side bags as a dealer incentive - I like those better. I'm closing in and may have a new bike in my garage by the weekend! Not sure I'll call it a "Glee" though... "ya, I ride a Glee" just don't sound right.
They're not givis, at least the ones that come stock if you mean those triangular shaped things. They aren't anywhere near the quality of a givi actually, if they were they wouldn't irk me.
The aluminum ones on the glee are, I believe, SW Motech made for Suzuki. You can find them on the twisted throttle web site. Those bags are definitely a step up from the plastic ones, maybe not the strongest aluminum cases in the world, but well designed and nice looking.
If you can test ride the 650 first, it is a very different animal from the 1000.

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I would look around for an older one or buy a new 2014 if you want a DL1000. I'm a big guy so I didn't even consider a 650, I have a 650 thumper already.

When I was shopping I saw well equipped DL1000s all over for under 4K. Some sold for $3300 with low miles. I paid $3700 for mine recently, it was close by and had the OEM luggage with around $2,000 in farkles too. IMO, that's a great deal for a bike with hard luggage and close to 100hp that is all purpose.

I've had lots of bikes and the DL1000 is probably the best bang for my buck ever. I probably should have bought one back in 07 instead of a KTM 950A, I don't do any real off road anyway on these big suckers. Thats what a thumper is for. These bikes are huge values for what they do, don't overlook a used 2006 etc..

I don't think anyone would recommend the OEM SOFT brand luggage, my top box was very flimsy and scratched easily. The side cases are ok, odd shaped, not very tough, but mine were free so I'm using them. I put my GIVI 52 top case on and will probably chunk the OEM one.
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I'm new here coming off a cruiser and ready for a Vee (or possibly a Wee). I test drove a 2012 DL1000 today and it felt great. I'd like some input on the deal I am considering. It's an Adventure with extras (OEM Touring luggage package, Givi crash bars, MRA windscreen w/ spoiler, rear fender eliminator, Upgraded ECM & plugs, sliders, swingarm buttons, race stand, 12vt. outlets etc.) It has 4,100 miles. I think I can get it for $9,000. Comments / advice?
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I have a 2012 DL1000 Adventure. The ECM upgrade works magic compared to before. I love this machine. I moved the trunk back 1 1/2 inch to give my wife a little more room. We use the luggage all the time with no complaints. The racks are quite sturdy and you could mount just about anything. I put a center stand on it and a big foot on the kick stand. The little foot will sink right into hot asphalt. I also put on a Saddlemen seat and that was a dramatic improvement for us. I have 7000 miles on it now and like it better all the time. It is a great all round bike. Not as nice as an FJR1300 on the road or as good as a DR650 on dirt roads but it does both jobs good enough for my needs. The motor is smooth enough to mount a video camera on the handlebars and get a nice picture. I'm going to keep this ride a long time.
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I'd consider waiting a couple of months for the all new 2014 DL1000, or maybe getting a 2012 or 2013 650 now. In many ways the 650 has been the better all around bike than the 1000 unless you really want that extra power (2-up up hill at freeway speed, etc.), and the 2012 650 was a significant improvement over the earlier 650s in many ways. Still, if that Vee has the equipment you like and the ride puts a big smile on your face, and you don't look back after you've made a purchase, great.

The Suzuki Cycles web site shows the 2012 DL1000 Adventure priced at $10,999 and the base model at $10,399--could they still have some in the warehouse? They don't show any 1000s on the 2013 or 2014 pages.

New 2014 V-Strom 1000 Designer Interviewed MotorcycleDaily.com Motorcycle News, Editorials, Product Reviews and Bike Reviews
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Concept Coming in 2014?
I rode a '13 650 this weekend. It was a nice ride and did feel a bit lighter than the 1000. But I would have liked a little more get up and go from the 650. The Wee would nicely meet most of my needs, but that bit more pep from the 1000 put that grin on my face. Maybe waiting for the 2014 1000 is the right way to go. Just hope the price isn't a deal killer. And waiting a few more months would be painful.
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Some of us do not know what we've got until it's gone. I was convinced for 4 years that the 650 was the right choice for my next bike, after owning 3 cruisers that always stuck to smooth roads. I bought one, I've put 16000km on it under all kinds of road conditions and I want nothing more than to have a rumbly cruiser back under me. I do not appreciate the bike as much as some of the other guys here, but that's just me. I will get a 1300 to 1600cc bike next spring without question and pass the Vstrom along....
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I rode a '13 650 this weekend. It was a nice ride and did feel a bit lighter than the 1000. But I would have liked a little more get up and go from the 650. The Wee would nicely meet most of my needs, but that bit more pep from the 1000 put that grin on my face. Maybe waiting for the 2014 1000 is the right way to go. Just hope the price isn't a deal killer. And waiting a few more months would be painful.
Well done. Its important to know what you want and meeting needs isn't what a bike is about anyway, its about meeting your wants. If it takes some extra power to do it, then so be it.

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