Suzuki Dumbs--Irritations a Newbie Wants to Know
Just want to itemize some trivials--Suzuki bloopers--in case it means something to a new prospective purchaser.
I have recently bought a new 2013 V-Strom 650. Just finished the first level of break-in miles. Have found these irritations:
* Turn signal stalk sticks the head of the front turn signals out past the crash guards. So when I tipped it over (yeah! I know, clumsy ol fart!), the first thing to go was the hard plastic head of the turn signal. The flexible rubber stalk offered no help at all. So $58 OEM gone. Suzuki dumb!
* Handle bar weights have to be re-done because they keep unscrewing.
* "Helmet holders"???!!! What a joke! The seat is not hinged, so I have to hold the seat with my 3rd hand while trying to get the helmet strap crammed under the little wire. And then try to get the seat back on? Forget it!
* Gas cap opens to a 90-degree vertical toward the rider. So I pull up to a pump, try to hold the pump's hose & nozzle in front of the cap while shoving the California return vapor seal device up against the heavy spring so the gas will flow. (California's idiots didn't design a delivery nozzle for small bike tanks.) All of this on the front side of this big ugly tank cap rearing up in my face. Takes some pretty strong and flexible wrists to make it work. And I can't see if I'm overfilling the tank because of the vision-blocker built into the bike. Otherwise it's a full dismount and walk around the bike to hold all of it while pumping gas into a leaning bike. Why couldn't Suzuki make it open toward the front? Dumb!
* No changing handle bars at all. The cables & brake hoses are cut to a PRECISE and EXACT fit. They will not tolerate any height or pull-back variation in the handle-bars. Have to buy new custom-fit cables & hose.
* And of course the seat! But I've never sat on a Japanese bike that didn't need a new seat right from the start. So just consider this to be a show-room seat like it is in all such bikes.
* The wind screen everybody gripes about. But this is a bike, after all, so why worry about wind? I'm happy with it.
Other than that, the bike is turning out to be very impressive. Wonderful handling, good cruising, smooth operation, good acceleration (excellent, actually, for 650cc).
Thus are my gripes--so far. A good bike requires some griping, I guess.