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post #1 of 33 Old 09-03-2013, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking to buy a DL650 ASAP but I can't decide between a 2011 and 2012.
I've researched some of the improvements but I'm not sold on whether the 2012 is a better mount than prior years. What am I missing?

Which of the improvements could you not live without?

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If you make use of the Google Search Bar (above) you'll find threads with lots of info regarding your question.

I had a 2009 that I put 25+K on and I loved everything about my Strom. I purchased a 2013 and I love everything about my Strom.

Great scooters, get one and enjoy.

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I did lots of searches and no, you didn't answer my question. :mrgreen:

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After an eight-year run with few changes, the V-Strom 650 was looking a bit tired. Suzuki introduced a new for 2012 model, with tougher styling, more torque, less weight, revised suspension and better instrumentation

The biggest change to the 2012 Vstrom DL650 is the change in engines.

The engine for the 2012+ DL650 is a Gladius sourced engine retuned to suit the V-Strom’s stronger touring and adventure bias. The 645cc V-Twin maintains the same 81mm bore and 62.6mm stroke, but features new pistons, cylinders, valve springs and cams.

Unique to the V-Strom 650 are the intake and airbox assembly and exhaust system, as well as the camshafts which use altered profiles to boost low and mid-range torque compared with the sportier (and lighter) Gladius. Other changes compared with the old V-Strom include single instead of double valve springs (for less reciprocating weight and friction) and improvements to the internal gas flow, reducing pumping losses.

The torque benefits from the overhauled engine are clearly felt from idle well into the mid-range with the 650 Strom exhibiting a lot more ‘grunt’ factor than before.

The new instrument panel is easily read, day or night. The large tach is analog, with your speed and transmission position reported by a large LCD. New and welcome is an ambient thermometer, and a small light that warns you when the temperature hits freezing. Also included is a handlebar switch for cycling through the functions on the dash.

Suzuki also redesigned the V-Strom’s seat. High-end in appearance‚ red stitching and an appealing V-Strom logo‚ the seat being 25-percent thicker than the previous version. The taller seat gives your legs a bit more room, which is welcome for touring.

The Bodywork has been totally redesigned, with the boxy square look gone and replaced with a curvy slim design that doesn't make this bike look as front and top heavy as the older design.

Hope this helps make your decision easier. The new DL650 is a much more modern bike than its predecessor in both looks and feel.

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Use the Google Custom Search box instead of the Search button.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...w-version.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...del-650-a.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...er-2012-a.html

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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I did lots of searches and no, you didn't answer my question. :mrgreen:
Stop searching and simply start looking/reading through the various sub forums.....you will find the answers you seek. Going to Google and doing a simple search of the criteria you are asking will for sure give you results.

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I bought a new 2012 model last summer, and have also ridden the '11. Here is my two cents: The 2012 engine is somewhat smoother, and does not vibrate as much (however, if you take long rides...i.e. in the 1.5 to let's say 2 hour range), both bikes are "buzzy", and you will feel fatigue from both foot peg and handlebar vibes (normal for a V-twin). My 2012 model, ironically, likes to vibrate most at about 4500 rpm, just where I want to run it most of the time !!!! Haha ! Oh well...it's a machine !! If you want a decent 650 cc bike, that is very reliable, the V is a good choice IF you can handle its top-heavy nature, and are not bothered by its rather tall seat height and center of gravity.
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Vibration at 4700rpm is normally a crash bar harmonic. Putting a rubber separator where the two halves of the bars meet helps a lot.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Am I correct in thinking that nobody every bought a '12 and said, "I wish I had an '11."?

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Never rode the first generation Strom. I bought a 2012 last year. The biggest pleasant surprise for me is the fuel economy. I get around 61 mpg. I think the first generation gets lower. I've had 8 bikes in the last 10 years. Vstrom is by far the best compromise if you can only have one bike. The list of bike I had:
Ninja250x2, Fz1, Burgman400, KLR650, ZX14, S1000RR, VStrom650.
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