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post #1 of 11 Old 06-13-2012, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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ride difference(s) between 650 and the 1000?

For those of you who have either ridden, or owned these two bikes, could you comment on the ride difference(s) between the two.
Comfort, handling, etc.

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-13-2012, 08:14 AM
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The DL1000 has a little more weight on the front wheel. It also has more sophisticated front fork valving. I found it to ride a little better over the stock DL650 over rough roads, but found the additional weight on the front to make it a little more squirrelly on soft surfaces.

There is NO WAY you can choose one over the other without riding both.

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Simply put the DL 1000 has a noticeably more "compliant" ride due to the better fork dampning components and maybe because of the extra weight.

The 2012 DL 650 rides smoother than the '04 DL 650 I have, not sure what changes were made.

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Same bike, virtually the same weight. (pre 2012 wee)

Vee, more power, slightly better ride, sounds like loose parts milling around inside motor, thirsty

Wee, less power, decent ride, smooth as silk, very economical

I am a knuckle dragger, more power was all I needed to hear. I would love either bike and came close to buying a new wee, but something inside tells me to see how many miles my Vee will go for those loose parts in the engine fly out the exhaust pipe. 71,000 miles and waiting.

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I am assuming you are talking about the new Wee 2012+ vs. the Vee right. There is a big difference to me anyway from the old Wee, to the new Wee, with the latter having better ride quality and handling characteristics.

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My Vee was more "relaxed" crusing at 75-80 mph, but not as smooth as my 2012 650. My Wee is better as far as seat, and general fit for me, the new faring is better, the brakes are better, and even the suspension is better. I know the Vee is thought to have better forks, but even with Sonic springs in my Vee, the Wee is better stock, and I don't see any reason to upgrade them. Their really isn't a big difference in weight, but the 650 feels much lighter to me. At times I do miss the extra oomph at at takeoff when just playing around, but I also find I corner at higher speeds and generally ride faster on the 650. I like the gages on the Wee a lot better than the old style ones. Unless Suzuki does the same treatment to the 2013 Vee, and refines the motor somewhat, and even adds ABS, I'll keep my 650. Cheers--BB

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Same bike, virtually the same weight. (pre 2012 wee)...
The Vee weighs 50lbs more than the 650s.

Biggest difference I noticed (other than the power, obviously) is how much nicer the Wee turns in and holds a line. It's not just weight, a lot of it is the extra rotating mass of the the Vee's bottom end.
For me, that mattered more than the extra power. The other conclusion is certainly defensible though.

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The Vee weighs 50lbs more than the 650s.

Biggest difference I noticed (other than the power, obviously) is how much nicer the Wee turns in and holds a line. It's not just weight, a lot of it is the extra rotating mass of the the Vee's bottom end.
For me, that mattered more than the extra power. The other conclusion is certainly defensible though.

Yup......you nailed it.

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Same bike, virtually the same weight. (pre 2012 wee)

Vee, more power, slightly better ride, sounds like loose parts milling around inside motor, thirsty

Wee, less power, decent ride, smooth as silk, very economical
Well said, I agree except I put the 650 at "good" ride. Both handle very nicely.

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