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Old 7 Feb 2002
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new Suzuki DL1000?

whats the scoop on this V-Strom? is it really a dually? hows it rank against the others?
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The closest I have come to one is at one of the shows. Without fuel it feels top heavy, I can't imagine taking it offroad with a full tank and have to manage anything less than a gravel road. I'm a big offroad guy, a trailie should do just that and all I see is a realy cool V-twin sportbike engine in a very comfortable, long travel road bike/sport touring package. I like it, like it a lot, but wouldn't be caught dead taking it into anything just shy of a dirt road.
My dream is for Suzuki to produce an offroad worthy tour bike with the SV650 motor, sort of a DRV650. Ah, to dream......... RobG
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RobG

here are some pics for you to dream about:

Offroad SV650:
http://217.59.139.74/ext/galleria/10...so/Default.htm

Dakar2002 SV650:
http://www.solomotor.com/solomotor/a...ze_1/19320.jpg
http://www.solomotor.com/solomotor/a...ze_1/19321.jpg
http://www.solomotor.com/solomotor/a...ze_1/19322.jpg
http://www.solomotor.com/solomotor/a...ze_1/19323.jpg
http://www.solomotor.com/solomotor/a...ze_1/19324.jpg

Now all we need is Suzuki to become aware of our URGENT needs!!

Greetz
Jeroen




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Jeroen, your a cruel man. Great pics! Unfortunately for me, Suzuki USA is dedicated to sportbikes. The hardcore offroad touring life has not caught on like it has in Europe. Oh well, we will just be stuck with big bore singles. I am so jealous of the spirit that Europeans have for motorcycling. We are few in the States. Thanks again for the pics! RobG
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I have a TL1000R which has the same motor - albeit tuned up a bit - must say I can't ever see this thing leaving the tarmac - unless it's on it's side with a shower of sparks.

Off I use a YZ400 - 60bhp and 110kg - with proper suspension and a reasonably low maintence motor.

The likes of DR XTZ etc seem flabby in comparison
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