I have a 2013 650 and it is great. However, I came off of a Bandit 1250s. I feel a need for more oomph. Has anyone traded their 650 for a 1000 (2014), and, if so, what are your thoughts?
Hey Loud9K, welcome aboard.
Have had a 2012 650 for nearly 1 & 1/2 years now, and love it. I came off sport bikes (I still have a ZX9R) and I knew I was going to be downgrading in the power. But the 650 is a really surprising engine, it is a lot more torquier than I thought it would be, and the power is very surprising. You do have to work a little harder for it, but it will keep with bigger bikes very well.
But I recently took the new 2014 1000 for a ride, and it was so good to have that "oomph" back again.
It has such a strong pull in the low end, and gets up and hustles really well out of corners. I revved the 1000 the same as my 650 in a lot of places, and the 1000 was well into the illegal zone very quickly
I will be trading for the new 1000 later this year (Spring in Aus) as I had planned to keep the 650 for two years, plus there are no real accessories available for the 1000 yet.
Plus I have heard rumours that Suzuki may be looking at doing an "adventure" version of the 1000 with wire wheels and more clearance, so I at least want to see if this comes about for 2015.
Hope this helps.