Hey Rob go and test ride the 1000 and let us know what you think... I've still got my 14 year old SV 1000 and love it, I understand the XT/V Strom has a more refined engine..?
Yes, the 1000cc motor is a gem. I had it in the SV1000 Naked, the S, the TLR & TLS. The prime reason for selling the SV1000 was the narrow tank at the knees. My legs used to rattle around the tank.
I can't say this about the new DL1000, the tank is very wedge shaped at the groin and I found that I liked it a lot in a previous test of the older DL1000 version.
With the Euro 3 tune, the DL1000 is a great bike engine wise. Full of grunt off idle, linear up to 4000 rpm, no snatch present (no Lady Rider/Pillion joke here
) and made such a lovely low pitched induction sound just like a good twin should do for the Rider if you can't have it from the exhaust.
Euro 4, has Suzuki making around 60 odd changes to this motor and the power has dropped some HP/torque I've read.
The old motor has a SET exhaust valve too as I remember, so I am expecting it to be now more closed than open in it's settings to give the cat more time to clean up the gases.
The past version DL is the new same bike but with a nip and tuck styling update, and the chassis should remain so stable on the road, a real tourer, great suspension, very confidence inspiring, and a worthy replacement for a SV1000 Lover. Spoked wheels could be a difference though as they are heavier.
The old SV1000 had a great motor in an average chassis - a DL1000 gives you both positives plus a dirt road bonus, But you just need longer legs or fit a lowering kit as it 50 mm higher than the 650, which is 50 mm more than the GSXS1000 (from memory). At 6', I had no trouble riding it on level land, but if your 5'5", your in trouble.
My GSXS1000N is now a memory; it has quickly been snapped up, and all because it was a R & Blk.
There's a colour for everyone in the GSXS1000 range, and my next GSXS will be Blue and Black in 750cc, but not for a while, that GSXS1000 takes a lot of time to forget how the good parts of it's character really are.
A demo ride on the V Strom 1000 is needed now to decide which Strom comes home, Captain Sensible 650 or the Arm Tugging, Pillion Tossing 1000.
Stay Tuned for an future 1000 update.