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bike shopping – final contender: Suzuki DL650 V-Strom ABS

update: I purchased this bike!


(and what the V-Strom offers):

– comfort: upright riding position, feet flat on the ground at stop, no major fatigue from just cruising
(fairly hard to judge from intarweb reviews and a brief sit on it at the dealership)

– great mpg: would love 60+
(concensus seems to be ~52)

– safety: high speed travel with crazy commuter cagers and the occasional lane splitting
(ABS! full frontal fairing.. additional safety accessories available)

– sports-like torque, great 0-60 – top speed no where near as important
(still need to test ride it… but reviewers and various tidbits from around the web show it on the slow side from what I’d like)

– love the way it looks: cruiser appeal with the protection of a touring bike, great color paint
(it almost has it all… it’s a teensy bit too bug-like lookin’ but compared to the alternatives hardly an issue)

– passenger comfort, storage
(the girlfriend wants to feel safe & secure too! laptop & lunch needs a safe place while I ride)

Big consideration: 75-90% highway travel (commute ~70 miles a weekday)

a concise video review of a very-similar model:

a short thread on how much I’m shooting for at the dealership.

official suzuki DL650 V-strom product page of the exact bike I will purchase (most likely.)


  1. Oh man, you sure you don’t want a 500cc Piaggio MP3?

    Posted on 13-Apr-08 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
  2. actually that’s not too bad, I dig the aggressive styling, especially the “demon black.” and the price is less than I would’ve expected – msrp $8,899 plus bucco fees,taxes,etc… which is about $1,500 more than the suzuki.

    maybe a trip to the SF vespa dealer is in order, want to come? :)

    Posted on 15-Apr-08 at 11:07 am | Permalink

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