Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern Oregon
Tough choice, one that only you can answer. My wife and I are both over 6', together we tip the scales at about 400 lbs. We've had Givi top and side boxes on all three vstroms, packed, when she's aboard, of course. On my 07 DL1000 (RIP), I was always amazed how it could pass anything, anywhere, without even breathing hard, and that motor was just plain fun when riding alone on that bike. We had also ridden two up on her 08 Wee and never had a feeling it was all that lacking in power. The big Vee was totaled about the time Suzuki was coming out with the new 650, and my wife had lost interest in long trips, so for me, the choice was easy. For the few times a year she is with me, I plan my passes more carefully, down shift a gear, and it is impressive how well this 650 handles the weight and how well it rides for us. I also don't ride as agressively with her behind me, so that also affects how it handles the two of us. When I'm alone on this bike, even though I sometimes miss that kick in the gut torque coming out of corners, etc... I wouldn't trade it for anything. The difference in purchase price, put the luggage I wanted on the 650. The changes to the style and dash were also a consideration. Having both an 07 Vee and 08 Wee in the garage for a year or so also helped with the choice, if at all possible, see if you can arrange a ride of both, any year.
Life in Oregon, love the riding and climate, not so much the wacko lefty politics