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It ain't the arrow, it's the Indian

I really enjoyed the video. Were those guys from SNL?

Great review! Now if I can just get it to sink-in. Thanks for the departure from the 1/4 mile times and HP numbers that too many of us focus on when picking our bikes.
 

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Nice article..



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Re: v-strom wind protection - did y'all have a constant, 30-60 mph tailwind on that thing? As a former v-strom owner and and participant in v-strom forums, I can say with confidence that the major buffeting is one of the real shortfalls of that bike. Almost every owner feels the need to replace the windscreen. Great all-round bike, other than that....
 

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Great article/assessment, guys. I bought the '06 599,(without ever sitting on one, had to order it) first bike in 20 years. It's everything you said it is (Gabe did a great review earlier this year as well). It was a great choice for re-introducing myself to riding. It is what it is. Bomb-proof reliable transportation and nice styling. Bungee my camera gear to the back seat and go on 100+ mile trips every weekend. No regrets. Will keep it when I'm ready for my next bike.







 

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I had to make time to read this. I consider Fred's "It ain't the tool" a MO Classic that eloquently articulated something that is fundamental to the Sport (any sport). I was surprised at the result of this test, in a way. I'm sure they're all good bikes in their own way blah, blah and all (which caused me to think of the last "Bad" bikes I'd come across or heard of lately for about 2 min's at which point, without success, I quit due to a lack of continued interest). The Suzook guys must just ride (imagine that!) instead of facing the (IMO clueless) "Spec Junkies" at the Burger Barn. Good stuff as usual guys, MO.
 

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If looks mattered, I'd take the Honda; if sound were criteria, I'd go for the Yamaha. If I had to live with the bike, I'd take the Wee. However, sitting in the Strom's ****pit, the bike looks cheesy, a cheap assemblage of mid grade parts. The gauges are homely and that screen needs a good heave. And it sits a bit too high and the seat needs some help (at least for my big ol butt). But, for what it can do for the initial price and the daily operating expenses, it has few peers. It still hasn’t been able to pry open my wallet but it is very tempting.



Now, if Guzzi would redo the crappy Quota using the 750 or 850 Breva engine while keeping the price to about $8,500 I think that could be a bike to match the Suzy, add a bit of class and clean up the cheapness. Or if Triumph would make a sport touring version of the 675, or put a real engine and suspension in the Scrambler or did a superbike version of the Thruxton… or a Thruxton version of the 675…



Good work on this test MO. Nice broad slice of bikes.

 

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What a great article. And the video - oy, like buttah! Or being at King's Deli on N. Military Trail in Boca Raton.



The dyno runs sounded like Rod Taylor's Time Machine winding up - or maybe Homer Simpson's Stratolounger 6000 (given to him by his wealthy, long lost brother) launching him into a hyperspace of relaxation.



Hoping to see many more of these - "It Ain't the Tool" comparos. I understand and am ok with the usual latest, greatest comparos. I mean a business has to do what a business has to do when a business has to do what it has to do - ie, bring the proles in.....so the rest of us have some REAL goodies to snack on.



Great way to start out the day! Thank You!!
 

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Re: right on the money

Nice to see that function over form can prove the real winner for real-world riding. While some wee strom owners have complaints, the overwhelming reviews by owners are similary to mine... the DL650 is a fantastic bike.

My DL650's the best bike I've owned in 24 years of ridings various sportbikes, standards and sport-tourers. The build quality and basic layout are very good (especially for Suzuki) and while it looks an odd duck sitting without a rider, once you're on it, such nonsense is moot as the basic feel and function of the bike JUST WORK very well. The instruments, suspension, height, and generally layout become very natural and functional after a few hundred miles, like most good bikes do. However, I do agree with common complaints that the windscreen "as is" is flawed -- especially for 6'+ riders. Fortunately, there are low cost fixes (as in adding washers to increase rake/angle for the do-it-yourselfers) and some fine aftermarket screens. I opted for a Vario Touring Screen from TwistedThrottle and the buffetting is gone and it's fully stable at 120+ mhp, and full adjustability allows for on-the-fly airflow adjustments.

Add a Pyramid chin fairing and fenda extenda (I did and it looks damned sporty I get compliments from the sportbikers), or a real bashplate with crashbars if you're going see serious dirt, and have a ball. I do hit the dirt and even some real off-roading occasionally, and while it's no DRZ or YZ, it works fine for trekking -- if you play with tire pressures.

However, it's on the street the wee strom handles long rides, twisties, bad roads, and commuting with amazing grace and adrenaline inducing fun. Oh, and that gearbox is smooth as butta. ;-)

Again, it's bike that once you ride you discover is more than the sum of its parts. If you want an R6 for looks, then the strom won't please you. However if actually ride off the track and aren't fixated on looking cool, then the strom's a blast. Nuff said.
 

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DAMN YOU SUZUKI....

My GF has a WeeStrom. We love it. I've taken it to LA and back, etc etc etc.

Actually, its a better all-round streetbike than my VFR: it has less get-up-and-go (but enough), the seating is very comfortable, the range is better, the suspenison is better for [email protected]#)$(* potholes, etc...

(And I need to get a set of pilot roads for it...)

BUT DAMN YOU! I want an ABS bike, and NOW suzuki comes out with ABS for 07? I'm not allowed to get a WeeStrom of my own, but I want an ABS commuter...

Damn, damn damn...

Maby they will do the SV ABSed as well...
 

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This writeup demonstrated to me something I'd suspected all along. The OEMs retaliate against m/c publications. This explains the ridiculous level of fawning on virtually every motorcycle that makes it in the pages of the print publications. And explains why I quit subscribing to CW, Motorcyclist, etc years ago. I knew what each road test was gonna say and I knew that the advertiser that spent the most bucks would get it's poor selling bike listed as Bike -of-the-Year year after year after year after year........
 

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i bought a new DL650 in Dec and have put 4500 miles on it thus far. overall, i like the bike: great commuter, handles well and feels light, comfortable for long trips (lowest position is best position for windscreen), great range on a tank of fuel, good for passenger and/or luggage. On the negative side: brakes lack feel, fairing too far from rider creates some turbulence, handle bars too high, foot pegs exactly where your calves are when you stand at a stop, absolutely no feel on the front wheel when cornering.

Although not the do everything bike i thought it would be, its pretty close.
 

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Great writeup. I've got a 2006 599, and I love driving it around town. It's docile enough at the low end of the powerband to run through downtown Austin, and at the high end, has enough power to scare the crap out of me. This is my first bike, so I don't have much to compare it too, but it's only slow in relative terms.



Also, I followed a friend through a ride in the Hill Country this weekend. I know he was going easy, but I had no trouble keeping up with his '05 Sprint ST. I did have to shift a lot more often though to keep the engine responsive.

 

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Happened to enter a dual sport event last weekend with my Strom (1000). There were three other Stroms entered, and one Wee as well. Around 300 miles of dirt and rough pavement, no problems whatsoever for any of the Strom mounted riders. Those things hold up surprisingly well to abuse.
 
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