2007 Suzuki V-Strom DL650
An honest, reliable commuter and tourer that is often, sadly, underrated
Very fine coolant leak from radiator/hose join at high speed. Not uncommon, apparently; simply needs re-tightening. This cured it.
Other than that, no faults or defects.
Extremely pleasant all-rounder with surprisingly good handling.
Power is more than adequate to the bike's purpose and design... even two-up with panniers and top box loaded.
Ergonomics I find particularly good; especially bars/pegs/backside triangle. Unlike others, I don't find the seat any worse than most. The position saves a lot of weight being dropped onto my wrists, which is a blessing.
I added a bashplate, taller screen, engine guards and headlight protector. The bike was then taken across the Nullarbor from Perth to Melbourne and shipped to Tasmania for a fortnight's touring, before riding back. It performed flawlessly.
If I have a criticism, it's just that the bike (and exhaust note) lack a little... "character" -- it just gets up and does things; no fuss, no protest. Gotta love that.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th April, 2010