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post #1 of 22 Old 05-15-2017, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Vstrom 650 Pre or Post 2012


Looking for a little insight. I've been riding a 2009 Suzuki GS500F for the past 5 years as my first bike. I know the rider I am and wanting to move up, my reading tells me that a Vstrom 650 is probably the best bike for me. I see the bike was upgraded for 2012 but I happen to like the look of the bike prior to that time. Can you tell me if I should just get over that because the changes in the current model bikes add so much or does it not matter much and could I be perfectly content with something around a '09 -'11? By the way, this isn't about trying to save money, just the aesthetics.

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post #2 of 22 Old 05-15-2017, 03:34 PM
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First, let me say that you'll be happy with either. I really enjoy my DL650. I personally favor the newer version and own a 2015 for the following reasons:
1. Better mpg with the Wee2 (I get between 55-60mpg depending on the riding conditions)
2. Lower curb weight
3. Higher horse power
4. I do enjoy the looks of both generations, but slightly favor the looks of the Wee2
5. I favored the cleaner look of the instrumental panel

Although I have not seen the latest 2017 model in person, the reviews on the forum have been very good. If you don't mind buying from a dealer, the 2017 model is another great option. Best of luck on your purchase.

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post #3 of 22 Old 05-15-2017, 04:39 PM
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I went for a 2012+ (mine is a 2013) for the reasons mentioned by EMFL, but my biggest deciding factor is the standard ABS in the 2012+ Wee's.

ABS is worth the extra money and overlooking any aesthetics IMHO.
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post #4 of 22 Old 05-15-2017, 05:00 PM
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welcome aboard

as you might have read, there have been some recall issues on the post 2012 models.

the pre 2012 were basically the same bike for so long that many of the issues were tweaked out.

the prices on the pre 2012 are pretty darn reasonable.

i still find the used prices of the post 2012 a wee bit too high (pun intended!), especially with the release of the most current model.

as the owner of a previously owned 2009, i think the dl650 is a fantastic motorcycle.

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post #5 of 22 Old 05-15-2017, 05:29 PM
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I bought my K7 DL650A with the intent of riding it for a few years and then selling it to buy a 2014 or 2016 in red once they aged into the used market. I love that color scheme. Still waiting and after all the blood, sweat and tears (not to mention dollars) that I've "invested" in my K7 I could have bought the L4 or L6 outright but now I am actually a bit reluctant to sell my K7, can't really see the color when I'm riding and silver/black (with red-baron red calipers!) looks pretty sharp too. I'd say the only critical item between the generations is the ABS which was an option in 2007,8,9 but standard in 2011& 2012+ bikes. ABS can be hard to find in the option years so you might end up with a 2012+ anyway if ABS is on your "must have" list. I think you'll fall in love with either generation.

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post #6 of 22 Old 05-16-2017, 06:19 AM
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I have had 2 1st gen.and 1 2nd gen.
For me the only real reason to pay extra for the 2nd gen. Is for the standard ABS.
HP is virtually the same on both
Range is the same because the 1st holds .5 gallon more
1st runs cooler than 2nd(I have never heard my fan come on in the 1st gen.)
I like the old school oil cooler compared to the current heat exchanger.
I think they both look good in their own way.

Bottom line for me is there is not much reason outside abs to pay the xtra $1500-$2000.
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post #7 of 22 Old 05-16-2017, 08:14 AM
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Having owned both a 1st generation DL 650 and currently still own a 2012 DL 650 I cannot think of a single advantage the first generation has. It might be that the 1st gen has a larger fuel tank, which should give better range. Except that the 2nd generation gets easily 3-4 mpg better so the range is the same. I much prefer NOT having the old radiator style oil cooler hanging in front of the engine that the 1st gen has. Suspension components are the same design, but some think the 2012 front end is better. It may have a different spring, but other stuff is the same. The 2012 isn't advertised as having any more horsepower, or at least hardly any difference. But that engine makes a LOT more power down low and up to say 6000 rpm than the older bike. Much nicer to ride. Bike is lighter and feels more narrow. The dash/guage package is really nice on the newer version. The windshield mount design isn't...Having ABS is why I sold my Vee to buy the 2012. But some 1st gen DL 650 have ABS. I would NOT pass up a well farkled 1st generation DL 650, especially one with ABS, if it had a really good seat, luggage, windshield setup, etc, for a good price. But now that the 2012+ 2nd generation DL 650 is 5 years old there are some good prices on them.

EDIT: The first generation V Stroms have the best headlights I have had on a motorcycle. The newer 650 is ok, but simply average. So, there is a real advantage there.
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post #8 of 22 Old 05-16-2017, 08:18 AM
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I find the 1st gen to have a more spacious and upright riding position than the 2nd gen. Also more wind protection. I do wish I had the temperature readout and gear position indicator of the 2nd gen though.
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post #9 of 22 Old 05-16-2017, 08:47 AM
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You can't make a bad choice with these options. You really just need to decide whether you want ABS or not, and whether the looks really do matter that much to you. You won't be seeing the front end while you're sitting on it anyway.

- 2009 DL650 owner.
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post #10 of 22 Old 05-16-2017, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I think I'm definitely leaning now to post 2011. At a local dealer there's been a 2015 in their showroom they've never sold. They even put a price of about $5,300 on in during some Spring Special they had going. It's still there although the price is about $6,300 now. I presume it's what your bike is. Did you add anything to yours?

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