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The two reports I've seen put the H.P. at 108/110. This bike, being the lightest so far in its class and with its stiff frame, should really blow away the competition. The FJR1300 is a totally different class.
 

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I would think Suzuki would engineer an exhaust system that would not interfere with passenger or travel bags. A closer look at a similar system on the 02 VFR, you should see the exterior of the exhaust pipe is the heat shield and not the actual exhaust at all. I just look at the intro on motorcycledaily.com and their pics of the exhaust shows the same concept. A heat shield that surrounds the exhaust pipes.
 

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I like the hp even though I'd prefer 130 - 140 (I used to own a Superhawk). I also realize the FJR is in a different class but I can only afford one choice at a time. If they don't bring it over by next spring, I may have to be a Strom (stupid name) owner.
 

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What we really need. . . (and what I would actually buy)

In the past few years, we have seen the emergence of several trends:

2-cylinder bikes (Ducati, Honda RC51, Aprilia)

Retro bikes (Cruisers, the Kawasaki ZRX 1200, Bonneville)

Off-road styled bikes for the road (V-strom, R 1150 GS)

High-mounted exhaust pipes (Honda 919, V-strom)

So now what we need is a retro, off-road styled road bike with 2 cylinders and high pipes. In other words, we need a Street Scrambler.

My very first bike, a hundred years ago, was a Honda CL 350 Street Scrambler. If somebody built a new bike that looked like it, but

didn't perform like it (it was slow and evil-handling), I swear I would

buy one tomorrow, even if I had to sell my car.
 

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Re: What we really need. . . (and what I would actually buy)

About a scrambler, try to check out the French motorcycle Voxan. They have produced a srambler with a 1000cc twin. Very interesting indeed.

Problem at present is that the company is on the verge of bankruptcy. A real pity because their Café Racer is also a real beauty.

Regards,

Henrik

Try the link www.voxan.com
 

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More Great Names From Suzuki

What in the heck is a "V-Strom"? I thought MO was suffering from a strong case of dyslexia. Isn't it supposed to be the "V-Storm"? Guess not. Not totally unexpected from the company that brought us the Hayabusa. Maybe Strom Thrumond will buy one.

GOB
 

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My theory on the name

The V-prefix is a reference to the V-Raptor, and the "strom" is a reference to German motorcycles. If you mate a V-Raptor and an R1150GS, you'd get something like the V-Strom.

As for the foreign name, that I don't find wierd myself. After all, we've had Hayabusas and Tetrastrettas and R1150GSs (GS are the initials of the term "dual-sport" in German). What baffles me is why a Japanese company would give a German name to a bike which is to be sold in the UK and USA.
 

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Retro scrambler

How about fitting high pipes on a W650? My father's W really has great composure on washboard dirt roads and such, but is also nice for the street. Don't know if anyone makes such an exhaust, but it will do everything the CL did, and do it better.
 
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