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post #1 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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BMW F700GS to new 1000?

Like millions of others I'm quite intrigued over the soon to be released 2014 1000. I currently have an BMW F700GS,and love it, but would like more power and heft. The larger R1200GS is too big, and too expensive, and I'm not crazy as to how it handles. The new Strom looks like it a perfect compromise. 100HP is fine, as is the expected torque.

Just curious as to what issues to expect. I've heard some complaints about the clutch and tune so would just like some feedback so I know what to expect. I'm not very close to the dealer, as I am to the BMW dealer, so I have to exercise some caution. I'd appreciate some honest feedback on some of the weak points of the bike and pitfalls. I've heard some very good things about the both bikes, wee and vee, but as usual there are some consistent complaints as well.

as far as being an all-a-rounder, why has the wee been said to be better? Is it better on dirt? I'm not looking to do major dirt, but would like to do some gravel roads and dirt roads. I'm assuming the weight and geometry of the new Vee would lend itself to decent light off-road duty. The bulk of my needs are highway driving and major roads, but I do like to leave the road when I can.
I know no one has this bike yet, but I'm just curious what you current strom owners think. This bike looks like a home run, but I'd like to learn a little more about stroms overall before I get too delirious over it. Hopefully there will be a demo day somewhere as well.

Any feedback would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 01:20 AM
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Lots and lots and lots of feedback already on the forum, but I am sure that some nice folks will help you with the information you seek. Also browse around the forum a bit, might be surprised what info you find.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 01:56 AM
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I think unless you're just dying to get rid of your current bike, at least wait until we see some ride reports come in.
I think the reason that people gush over the wee is that it never had any significant issues from day one unlike the 1000 which was plagued by issues with clutch chudder and fuel injection issues which Suzuki was too dorky to not fix.
Also (and I say this having never ridden the 1000) that the 650 may be the easier bike to ride. It probably also didn't hurt that the magazines went gaga over the bike and it developed a reputation for being more or less bulletproof, plus its cheap to buy.
None of this is to say that the original 1000 was a bad bike. I had its cousin, the SV1000 and IMO Suzuki builds a really good Vtwin in the liter size. Like so many things though, once a bike gets a bad rap or is deemed mediocore sales will suffer.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 07:15 AM
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The new 1000 has been a long time coming, and seeing what Suzuki did in revising the 650, this bike will hit a home run

Suzuki aren't mucking around with this new bike, there is a lot riding on it (excuse the pun!) They will make sure to eliminate any issues that the old model had.

My goal was to always go up to the R1200GS, but now with the release of this new 1000, it looks like it may be the better choice. Lighter, cheaper and it's a V-Strom
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I will definitely wait for some ride reports, and search the froum as well. If clutch and throttle rpoblems were the only main issues it does sound like Suzuki addressed them. We will see though.

I too think this is a better alternative to the R1200GS. Lighter, cheaper, and hopefully easier to ride.

Is the reason the Wee is easier to ride than the 1000 due to wieght? What else about it makes it inferior??
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