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post #1 of 13 Old 06-17-2017, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Help me decide

Those of you that have had the second gen 650 and moved up to the 1000 please chime in. I found this deal on a 2016 1000 Adv.

https://www.cycletrader.com/dealers/...TURE-121748940

It's $10,168 OTD which is only a few hundred more than I paid for my 650 Adv. exactly 5 years ago.
What significant differences have you noticed? I have heard mention of a little more vibration and the random idle hammer. Anything else? The extra power will be nice and the more compact side bags. I really like my 650 and am extremely hesitant to "upgrade" to any other bike. I wish Suzuki would allow test rides.

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-17-2017, 09:54 AM
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It isn't Suzuki that won't allow test rides. That's the dealer's decision.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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...The extra power will be nice and the more compact side bags. I really like my 650 and am extremely hesitant to "upgrade" to any other bike. I wish Suzuki would allow test rides.
I think Suzuki moves their demo truck around, so you might be able to find a schedule for that and meet the truck for a test ride somewhere. Of course there were demo rides at Romney. I think there's already been another demo-ride gathering near Charlotte.

I don't (yet) have a Vee2, but I did demo two at Romney and what I really noticed was the big power difference. Others talk about brakes and suspension, and I certainly don't doubt them, but I only had the bikes for ~40 minutes and I was really focused on not crashing (believe it or not we were moving along at a nice clip on the demo rides - I can't mention the speeds I saw on the two bikes I tried when dropping back from the rider ahead of me then surging forward) and on the power.

No offense intended to anyone, but the Vee2 Adventure OEM side cases don't appeal to me, because of the compactness and (I think) side-opening. Maybe they'd work for day use and maybe they work for everyone else.

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go for it. You'll never look back. Like I've said in other threads, it's just plain and simple a better bike. Period. And not just by a smidgen.
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Yes I was hoping to ride one at Romney but I wimped out because of the rain. Looks like the demo truck is at it's closest point to me TODAY, three hours away.

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When I bought my first VStrom I was buying used and was able to test ride both the 650 & 1000.
Not saying to use people by test riding their bikes and pretending to want to buy it, but........
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go for it. You'll never look back. Like I've said in other threads, it's just plain and simple a better bike. Period. And not just by a smidgen.


Agreed. I had a 2013 wee and had the suspension tuned to my 215lb frame and it was awesome! For a bunch of reasons I traded it (and a Boulevard) in for a '14 Vee. On the first ride I recognized how much awesomer the Vee was. I've since put 80k miles on it and have never looked back. Fantastic bike. Period!


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Too much

I have ridden the 1000 a 2016 model, it can't be used to its full potential on the open road in Australia with our 110kmh (70mph) and our enthusiastic police with their speeding fines. Around town it is not happy either 3rd gear at 3000rpm is about 60kmh the town speed limit, I don't believe in cruelty and that is what would be the life for this bike. My 2012 model 650 fits the bill nicely for practical use as far as I am concerned, it ticks the necessary boxes. Think hard, it is your money to spend. Both are great bikes!
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I had the same predicament, and I'm sure many more!
I'm looking into the 2017. They both have the same appearance. There's many comparisons threads around, I read the most of them.
I still haven't got either bike, but in my mind, and when the dealer gets me one, I settled for the 650. Once I dropped my macho card and got over the more horse power "Oh oh oh" (Tim the tool man Taylor laugh) I thought that a 650 is plenty good. The style of bike doesn't scream speed, and unless you're planning to load the bike with an extra 200 pounds (pillion and gear) 650 should be enough for me to drag me around.
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