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Suzuki Freewind

Anyone heard of this bike? I found about it a few days ago and really fell in love with it. I've since learned it was made from 1997-2004 and never sold in the US. It was supposed to be Japan's answer to the BMW F650.

Review here: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...ind-16289.html

Thoughts? Comments? Do you guys think this bike would sell well is Suzuki brought it to market in the US today?

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I don't think it would sell in big numbers. Guys like us would probably buy it, at least the shorter guys, but probably not the main stream...



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...Might make a good Hill Country bike eh, Bear?

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Oh yeah!



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So did you get a Versys yet or are you looking else where?



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I had a trade all worked out until I saw the 2010 Versys and decided to wait. I contacted several UK dealers about purchasing the Solar Yellow body panels to put on a US model if I get one. Kawasaki USA can't friggin offer decent colors in my opinion!


My Multistrada's fuel tank is expanding due to the ethanol in our gasoline. It'll go into the shop here in Houston next week for a warrenty replacement. Apparently it is very common with most all Ducs made in the last 9 years.

So yeah, I'm still looking for another bike. The FREEWIND caught my attention and I got all excited until I saw it was a short-lived, non-USA bike. The Yammy FZ6 is discontinued for 2010, but there's an FZ8 coming out....sometime. So yeah...I'm still all about the Versys...just waiting for the moment. I need to sell the Multi, so I may buy next spring after the Multi sells and I've read some reviews of the 2010 Versys! This was a long post!

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I agree about the colors. The 2010 yellow/black looks WAY better than the black offered in the USA.



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How bout importing that Honda Varadero...One hell of a bike...VTwin, 1000 cc and a seat that doesn't look like it'll pulverize the boyz

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How bout importing that Honda Varadero...One hell of a bike...VTwin, 1000 cc and a seat that doesn't look like it'll pulverize the boyz
Yeah, I was big into the Varadero a few years ago but finally gave up hope it would be imported here. Plus, the damn thing is expensive! It'd be close to $16,000 if they brought it here. Canada got them last year, so maybe who knows...we may see them eventually. I can't make myself pay that kind of money for a bike that doesn't even have an inverted front fork.

Now, if I can just find a Freewind for my 2nd bike.....

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Not a big fan of the Varadero.



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Not a big fan of the Varadero.
...ya know, it almost looks like a larger version of the Versys.

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I think it looks more V-stromish. There's just something not right about it. I can't pin it down, but something looks odd. Same with the new Multistrada 1200. It has a nice rear end & seating area, but the front end is freaky looking. I know, I know, the Versys has one weird headlight, & that's true. But I give them credit for being different...



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Yeah the looks are 'eh', but I dug up a little more info on it, and the Varadero has the linked brakes like the VFR1200. The early Varaderos suffered from reliability problems and issues with the linked brakes.

I still want a Freewind.

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I was seriously considering the Freewind some years back. Received great reviews, wasn't expensive, but only sold in small numbers here in Denmark. Had a short demo ride on one, but don't really remember too well or can compare it to anything. (Now rides 6n, not Versys )
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I was seriously considering the Freewind some years back. Received great reviews, wasn't expensive, but only sold in small numbers here in Denmark. Had a short demo ride on one, but don't really remember too well or can compare it to anything. (Now rides 6n, not Versys )

Yeah, it's too bad it wasn't sold longer or sold in the US. Everything I've read makes it sound like a great bike. I've not run across ANY reason why it was discontinued. Really weird. For Suzuki to make a bike of that type and discontinue it after only a few years defies all sales/marketing logic. It seemed like a stable platform with an excellent motor that performed just like a BMW 650F for a fraction of the price without the costly and frenquent BMW services. Total bummer. Wish they'd bring it back....I'd add one to the garage tomorrow if they were available!

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Can you say KLR?

Looks basically the same to me and I have one, a KLR.

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