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Well I went to one of the local Suzuki dealers that had called and said he got a 2013 in and they changed the color. He said he ordered a black one and was told it was gloss black but the one that showed up is a matte black. So in the driving rain I drove (my truck) down to take a look. I want a 400 so I was really interested to see it. I wasn't real keen on matte black but it really looks better than the grey and black, to me. I poked prodded and opened and closed everything. Couldn't find a poorly fitted part anywhere. It's matte and still has a slick feel to it. Matte and chrome with gloss black wheels. I think it a good canvas for red pinstriping, imo. While I was there two local University guys came in and they stopped and looked at the little Burger too. The matte Givi top boxes on the wall next to it matched exactly. Bad, is it sure will not stand out in low light or at night without lights and reflectors. The windscreen was a good one as I couldn't find any waves in looking through it. It was crystal clear even from cross angles! I have a big 102CI cruiser for trade and I was surprised that the owner offered me $1400 more on trade than any of the other dealerships offered on closeout 2012's and my difference would be less on the 2013 than the 2012's. With Suzuki's zero interest "free money" it looks like I'll be riding for $50 a month or less.
First scooter for me in a long line of motorcycles. I am looking forward to sitting in traffic and not roasting my N-TS during 100 degree days this summer. NO CLUTCH too! Just had to post and I'm sure once I take delivery I'll be asking the usual redundent questions............Mike
 

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Gosh, those big air cooled cruisers should become classics, I thought I read that all will be water-cooled due to smog nonsense...
I saw some matte-finished Harleys at a dealer, one was blue jeans blue. Looked rough but were smooth. Matte black would make any trim stand out. But I prefer bright-colored scoots, easier to see? (Doesn't explain my deep red 400 though.)
Always cool to get a NEW thing. Then you can over-maintain it from the beginning :) Have fun
 

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I'm all for comfort and quiet anymore. I don't need "hey look at me" motorcycles anymore.
 

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Well I went to one of the local Suzuki dealers that had called and said he got a 2013 in and they changed the color. He said he ordered a black one and was told it was gloss black but the one that showed up is a matte black. So in the driving rain I drove (my truck) down to take a look. I want a 400 so I was really interested to see it. I wasn't real keen on matte black but it really looks better than the grey and black, to me. I poked prodded and opened and closed everything. Couldn't find a poorly fitted part anywhere. It's matte and still has a slick feel to it. Matte and chrome with gloss black wheels. I think it a good canvas for red pinstriping, imo. While I was there two local University guys came in and they stopped and looked at the little Burger too. The matte Givi top boxes on the wall next to it matched exactly. Bad, is it sure will not stand out in low light or at night without lights and reflectors. The windscreen was a good one as I couldn't find any waves in looking through it. It was crystal clear even from cross angles! I have a big 102CI cruiser for trade and I was surprised that the owner offered me $1400 more on trade than any of the other dealerships offered on closeout 2012's and my difference would be less on the 2013 than the 2012's. With Suzuki's zero interest "free money" it looks like I'll be riding for $50 a month or less.
First scooter for me in a long line of motorcycles. I am looking forward to sitting in traffic and not roasting my N-TS during 100 degree days this summer. NO CLUTCH too! Just had to post and I'm sure once I take delivery I'll be asking the usual redundent questions............Mike
Matte black is.........GREAT......for being visible at night....... NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make sure you add PLENTY of lights and reflective tape...... My ride is a Honda Goldwing GL1800 in BRIGHT yellow..............
 

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Today I picked up my new 2013 AN400 with the other color option - Metallic Thunder Gray/Glass Sparkle Black - and the gray is also a matte finish. I don't know why Suzuki calls the black a glass sparkle as it's the same matte finish as on the all black version. Bottom line - I like it - and it should hide the dirt well.

I had a 30 mile ride home from the dealer in 40 degree weather and the first thing I did when I got home - after taking a long hot shower - was to order a Givi windscreen as the stock screen was brutal.
 

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congrats on the new ride and the givi will improve noise and vibration a hundred fold, I got both of mine shipped to dealer so I could have them deal with any scratches or imperfections but had no problems with either.

As for dirt, like spanish moss , it is self harvesting, when it gets too heavy to hold it's own weight it falls off (moss only breaks dead limbs , never gets heavy enough to break a live one before being too heavy to harvest itself ) and the best way to hide it is to go fast or cover it with fresh dirt :cheers:
 

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Picked up my 2013 400 last week. Up here the 400 comes in glass sparkle black (definitely not a matte finish) with black forks and titanium colored wheels. Standard with backrest, hand guards and heated grips. ABS too.
 

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I'd like the glass sparkle black and all the neet stuff that Suzuki doesn't think the ^%$^%**&, US riders would want. What's the deal with that? I guess the HD crowd that gets all the press decides for Suzuki in the US. I'm tired of noise and heavy..................Mike
 
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