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post #1 of 13 Old 05-22-2016, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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DL650A for a DL1000A

I have been kicking around the idea of moving from a 2012 DL650A (Adventure) to a larger adventure bike that will be more comfortable and capable when riding two up. The wife loves to ride with me, and the truth is I love having her with me. The 650 is great for me, alone, and okay when two up. Been kicking around the idea of getting a Super 10, or waiting for the release of the new Africa Twin. But I am so happy with the build quality and reliability of the DL650A that I'm thinking I should just stay with Mother Suzuki and go with the DL1000A.

So.....looking for feedback, especially for those who have made the jump from a 2012+ 650 to a 2015+ 1000.
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i made the jump last fall, having scored a sweet deal on a left over '14. I had a hard time giving up the 650 , though. In fact, i just sold it yesterday. Yes, I will miss it, as it was a great bike. But, the 1000 is better in more ways than it is not. To compensate for my loss of the 650, i just installed a Holeshot muffler on the vee2 and now i like it ever more.
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I had a 2012 650 adventure,
I had my eye on a 2015 carryover DL1000a and went for it earlier this month. I really liked the 650 but the 1000 is better in every way. I say go for it!!
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I think I read somewhere that with an aftermarket exhaust the V2 was less than 10 pounds heaver that the 650, so I can't see a down side. I sure love mine. Jump in the water is fine!
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The consensus from the reviews and opinions I've read is: Off-road?->Africa Twin, Cross Country Travel?->Super Tenere, Anything Else?->DL1000
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The S10 is HEAVY , like 70lbs more than the V2.

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In case you haven't been keeping up with the ECU discussion, you want to be sure whatever you get has the ECU number that ends in 12, to avoid any possible fueling problems sometimes present in earlier models. I don't know if the new ones started in 2015 or 2016. I'm going to sell the 650, but every time I ride it I think it's such a competent bike, wish I could keep both the 650 and 1000. The V2 definitely has more grunt, a nice suspension out of the box (although you still may want a heavier shock spring for two-up), and really great brakes.

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I think I read somewhere that with an aftermarket exhaust the V2 was less than 10 pounds heaver that the 650, so I can't see a down side. I sure love mine. Jump in the water is fine!
Do you remember what brand of exhaust?
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-23-2016, 12:22 AM
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Do it! The DL1000A has better brakes, better suspension, traction control, as well as the new 1037 cc engine. I know that the '14+ is more nimble than the old 1000; I don't know how it compares to the new 650. My '14 has no fueling or ECU issues.

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I have been fighting the temptation to do this myself, the new 16 Mystic Silver V2 has my eye, but every time I mount my 2013 Glee I forget about it. I may end up with two bikes, solves the dilemma.
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