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post #11 of 968 Old 02-21-2008, 07:46 PM
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The DL1000 has a top engine but a lot of weight to carry around compared to a sports bike, does the 650 not get very wheezy when you just want to have fun and hoof it up to ..... fun speeds, and want to launch out of a corner when you spy the exit.
The only time I've wanted more out of the 650 was for long days on the freeway. For that I will have an FJR someday. For now, just remember this. When you "spy the exit" and have the engine sitting around 6000 rpm, just before the meat of the powerband, and you crack it open.......guaranteed to put a big sh*tty grin on your face.

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Not to be derogatory, it's a curiosity question. I've no doubt the "Wee" Strom is a lot of fun for a little while then I can't help wondering if the "Wish I got the litrebike" question doesn't rear it's head.

The DL1000 has a top engine but a lot of weight to carry around compared to a sports bike, does the 650 not get very wheezy when you just want to have fun and hoof it up to ..... fun speeds, and want to launch out of a corner when you spy the exit.

I'm sure as a commuter for day to day use the 650 is a good choice but touring with luggage, even a pillion ......??

To repeat .... a n00b question of curiosity:rolleyes:

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650 - 1000 ???

Looking to purchase my first strom. Was thinking of getting a new 08 650. A friend of mine is trying to turn me on to a used 05 1000 with about 4,000 miles on it for $5,000. Really like the black as the other colors dont do much for me. Will the 1000 be too much bike for me? Have previous experience riding but its been awhile. Getting back into the game and need a little direction.
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Not to be derogatory, it's a curiosity question. I've no doubt the "Wee" Strom is a lot of fun for a little while then I can't help wondering if the "Wish I got the litrebike" question doesn't rear it's head.

The DL1000 has a top engine but a lot of weight to carry around compared to a sports bike, does the 650 not get very wheezy when you just want to have fun and hoof it up to ..... fun speeds, and want to launch out of a corner when you spy the exit.//
Why only a liter bike? Why not one of the 1800's around?

I rode the DL1000 first and didn't like it. I was convinced on Advrider to try the DL650. With the lighter weight and narrower bars, it felt a lot better to me, so that's what I bought.

The real question is when Suzuki will introduce a DL1000X ABS!

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had a big liter+ bike. my 650 does it for me now. its perfect for commuting and floats my boat in the twisties. i bumped up to a 16 for the slab which puts the wee engine where it wants to be.

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I have had 700 and 750 cc bikes, even one 550. The 550, even though it was modified for more HP, didn't have the kick I wanted.
Displacement isn't the best gauge of horsepower. A 1200cc Sportster has about the same HP as a DL650.

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Not to be derogatory, it's a curiosity question. I've no doubt the "Wee" Strom is a lot of fun for a little while then I can't help wondering if the "Wish I got the litrebike" question doesn't rear it's head.

The DL1000 has a top engine but a lot of weight to carry around compared to a sports bike, does the 650 not get very wheezy when you just want to have fun and hoof it up to ..... fun speeds, and want to launch out of a corner when you spy the exit.

I'm sure as a commuter for day to day use the 650 is a good choice but touring with luggage, even a pillion ......??

To repeat .... a n00b question of curiosity:rolleyes:

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Either is fine for 2-up touring and the freeway. The 650 is lighter, more nimble and has a more balanced feel (to me anyway). The 1000 has more power. It's just a personal preference issue, which do you value more?

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Cool Flip a coin...

Two of my last bikes were 1000cc's. Had a '79 Goldwing I drove about a zillion kilometers, and a Concours that I put 18k on last season. I like the power. Hlwever, the 650 really does have plenty of power considering the design of the engine and weight of the machine. People who have them swear by them.

You can't go wrong with either 'strom. They ROCK!!!

For me, it was a personal choice. I like -lots of power- and the 1000 delivers, plain and simple. If I was to get a second bike for around town, I might consider a 650, but unless I win a lottery, the 1k will do nicely.

Now if they'd only get rid of those pesky speed limits on the roads, it'd be perfect...




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Looking to purchase my first strom. Was thinking of getting a new 08 650. A friend of mine is trying to turn me on to a used 05 1000 with about 4,000 miles on it for $5,000. Really like the black as the other colors dont do much for me. Will the 1000 be too much bike for me? Have previous experience riding but its been awhile. Getting back into the game and need a little direction.
Both bikes are torque monsters. If you're new to riding, you might be better off with the 650. The 1k is one -powerful- beast. I wouldn't recommend one for a new rider. You can get into trouble if you don't have much experience riding a rocket ship.

The price on the 1K sounds pretty good though. Either bike will have WAY enough power for you...

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welcome firsttimer. give us a little info. how long has it been since you have ridden? also, what type of riding? commuting, touring, gravel roads? one up...two up? you came to the right place. there's a ton of info here and a lot of experienced riders.

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