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post #1 of 15 Old 02-20-2019, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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I'm riding a 2013 DL650 that I bought as a left over in 2014. As is normal, recently I have a wandering eye and have been considering upgrading my ride. Bikes I have considered are a Yamaha Tracer 900 GT, Triumph Tiger 800 (road versions), Versys 1000 LT (but not the new version as it's price jumped too much), and a DL1000. I came off a bike (Honda ST1300) that had a lot more punch than the 650, and wondered about moving back to more performance. I think the key is to not only look at reviews of new rides, but to also look at reviews of my current ride, which point out why I chose my current ride. I watched a long term review on the 650 by Biker Antics on youtube, who seems to ride much like I do. I'm an old fart at 63, but I think the 650 will still work well for me for a while. I never thought I bonded with the 650 like some do, but it is an excellent bike. Don't forget why you have your current ride. I may keep my 2013 650 for a while.
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Buy the bike you want, life’s too short to have a wandering eye and not act upon it from time to time. 😉

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Your set up is very like my last Wee. Nicely tweaked for me and can go distance with reasonable cost and not too many fuel stops.
It's good in the twisties and stable off pavement with the correct tires.

What it won't do is give you a twist the wrist thrill. A 1000 strom weighs about 25lb more and will give you a nice rush and likely your farkles will translate.
You lose some fuel mileage and range and some luggage weight capacity ( it's the same as the Wee but the bike weighs more ).

Moving to a different marque is risky.

I initially went to a CBF1000 ( similar to your ST1300 but lighter sport tourer ) - got my thrills, not as comfortable, dismal tank range and costly to operate in Canada. It weighed a bit less than the Wee and the weight was lower which helped my 30" inseam.
But how often did I get to use that power ....and far too many fuel stops.

So I gave up on the thrills, went for mileage and low weight with the CB500x.
Not as much oomph even as the 650 Vstrom but enough to tour all day at 80 mph + and truly delightful near 70 mpg fuel economy with a long range between stops.
Weighs less too ....down 70 lb to 422 and that's a treat. I'm 71 and moving the CB500x around is a treat after the 500+ plus machines.

If you are comfortable on your 650 ...I'd be cautious switching out as you get a lot of pluses and they are very reliable ( stator issues excepted )
I bought one 2010 650 ABS specifically for a trip out west with my son and it served very well. Sold it when I got back and then missed it.

Got a super deal on a high mileage same machine and rode it for 20k km and sold it for the same $2200 I paid for it....

Bought the CBF1000 to get the thrill but the range annoyed me to no end and rarely an opportunity to use the power.
Settled on my first new bike in 50 years.



If you fit the Wee ....I'd sit tight. I wanted something a bit lower and bit lighter and cost effective on fuel.


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I have a 2016 Versys 1000LT and recently bought a 2013 Wee for Alaska this summer. I love 5he wee and if I had found it before the Versys I would only have the wee now. Don't get me wrong, the Versys is a great bike with power, comfort and carrying capability. It is just a little taller and heavier than the wee and at 66 I prefer the ease of handling the 650. But for 2 up all day midway work, get the Versys and gear it a little taller and pound some miles. Or do like me and have both.
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I got my Wee in 06 and rode it until last May(122K). Got the bug a few times, but every time I would just ride it and say to myself why. The bug finally got to me while taking a buddy around to look at new machines. I kept looking at the 2018 1000. Found a real good deal and jumped on it. The 18 is so improved over the early versions. Lighter,ABS, better mileage, better brakes, suspension and electronics. 16K by Oct.
PS - 71 years young here.
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I appreciate the input. Still thinking about other bikes besides my 650, and I think I've eliminated the Versys as it's a little heavier. Still thinking about the Tracer and the DL1K. As for the DL1K, I'm not sure that I don't like the 2014 better than the new ones. I'm in no hurry, but would like to find some test rides for the DL1K and Tracer 900. Hard to come by. The 650 still does all I need comfortably. For now I would just like the rain to go away....

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Buy the bike you want, life’s too short to have a wandering eye and not act upon it from time to time. 😉
That is good advice and what I tell my wife from time to time. These thoughts are also good for guns and guitars.

YOLO!!!!! and.....
You can't take it with you!!
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No you can't take it with you. You can spend it or leave it in a trust for the grand children so the hateful daughter-in-law doesn't get a dime.
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My eyes have really been wandering towards a KTM 1090R, just waiting for it to be updated like the 1290 and the new 790.

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As you didn’t indicate whether you do much off-roading, I’m guessing you’re thinking in terms of mostly highway use. If 1,000 cc’s is getting too big and heavy, the 800-950cc class is offering some really great bikes. Some of us older guys are getting away from the bigger/heavier bikes. BMW has hit a nice sweet spot of displacement, power & weight with the 700/800s and newer 750/850 series. I’ve looked at the specs of the Yamaha Tracer 900GT. I think it’s a slam dunk bike. I've also rode the Triumph 800 cc. It’s a cool bike and those triples pull like a mini freight train. I’d sure test ride that Tracer GT before I decided anything.

Tracer GT specs: triple engine, $13k, 6 speed, 847 cc’s, 105 horsepower/60 ft lb of torque (dyno), slip-assist clutch, cruise control, digital color display, adjustable windshield, ride mode adjustable on the fly, heated grips, comes with side cases, 4.8 gal tank, 474 lbs., wet (no cases), 33.5“ seat.


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