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post #1 of 971 Old 02-21-2008, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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650 vs 1000: the definitive thread

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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Well, the question I have is why the heck would anyone need a DL1000 when the 650 can do it all? My 650 does touring, two-up and everything else.

Its all relative and your thoughts will probably be based on what bike you are riding now.

I have never had the desire to have the 1000.

And how does the saying go..."its more fun to ride a slower bike fast than a fast bike slow"?
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Here is how this will go......

Everyone that owns the 1000 will say it's the best

Everyone that owns the 650 will say it's the best

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Its all relative and your thoughts will probably be based on what bike you are riding now.

I have never had the desire to have the 1000...
Very true, I've never had the desire to get a litre sportsbike, simply because I can't use a 600 to anywhere near it's actual limit, and suspect my life expectancy would be considerably shortened with another 60+BHP on top of the 100 I already have.

I wouldn't choose to have less powerful bike than now, I think it would really annoy me if I got the 650, like a backwards step ..... in my mind

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And how does the saying go..."its more fun to ride a slower bike fast than a fast bike slow"?
Couldn't agree more, spent a day on a new DL400 and that's a riot to tear around on. Have to concentrate though and do the whole Riverdance thing on the gear lever pretty much constantly ..... something I want to leave behind when I get the Thou

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For me....

less is more! i plan to spend most of my time off road, away from the super sonic road barges. 30-40 mph is the new 60-70 mph, haven't you heard?

lets not forget that killer mpg, either!

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I have had a 650 for a year now, and I am convinced that it is all that I will ever need. As such, it is also a couple thousand dollars cheaper on the front end, and much better mpg (50+).
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Had three FJRs that go like a rocket, the wee is more fun.
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Get what you want, man. I don't hear of many people who buy either one regretting their decision. The biggest difference between them is the transmission, not the engine.

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I am not sure as to what the difference truly is, but here is my reasoning for getting the 1000:

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. Since there is only 100 cc difference between that and the DL650, I had concerns.

The other big concern I had was that the 550, 750, and 700 were way too light under my a$$. It was like riding a BMX bike at really high speeds. I wanted the extra weight under me, although 458 lbs for the 1000 is only 31 lbs heavier than the 650 it is still 31 lbs of vehicle weight. I am not sure how much the Givi bags and trunk weigh, but that adds some there as well. Considering that it is still lighter than the 624 lbs that my other bike hefts around I wanted as similar as possible since I had concerns from other bikes I have owned.

At any rate, I am sure that there might not be any real difference for the average person and that they don't (probably) think in the same fashion as I do, but I am 6'4" tall and weigh 280 lbs. I am not able to ride some bikes just due to my physical size and vehicle needs. Even when I had the smaller bikes I was at 200 - 220 lbs. That might make a difference, maybe not. At any rate, personal preference for me was that bigger engine with more weight.
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