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post #1 of 45 Old 08-25-2012, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Enough power for a man of girth?

I'm looking at a 650 Adventure right now and I'm concerned about the power the bike can deliver. I currently weigh about 260 (I'm working on it!) and was wondering if the bike would have enough pep. I'm not looking to pop wheelies but I do like to have power at hand in case I need to get out of a jam.

I'm looking at the 650 over the 1000 because I think it's more in line with the size and weight I'm looking for. I want something comfortable, light, and fun to ride.

I'm coming from a VTX 1300 which is like driving a porch. I want something I can throw around a little bit.
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I weigh about 250 and have no issues even with 100lbs Of gear.

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It depends on how much oomph you want or need. The 1000 weighs more, so it may have a bit more punch than the 650.

I only weigh 200 and I'd like for it to have a bit more punch, but that's just me...

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Unless you are rich or your job is a race car driver, The 650 will move you quicker at legal speeds and more than any car you've ever driven. Everyone has their own definition of enough power. I'm over 200lbs and I don't think I have ever pinned the throttle.

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I suspect you meant "Porsche" as opposed to "Porch".

Your VTX 1300 is slower than any Current Porsche Sports car.

(http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/roadtests/honda_vtx1300/)

The DL650 is quicker. You will likely need to get used to reving the motor to really let it go.

I'm currently around 245 lbs and have had quite the heavy load on the back with no issue. Just get used to shifting and revving, which is great fun on the DL650.

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Oh no, I meant porch. :mrgreen: As in really heavy handling. It just feels ponderous and slow in the turns.

Thanks for the replies. I'm going to set up a test drive to make sure but it's always nice to get some input from experienced owners.
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i tell you that you will be fine with the 650 I am 230 and have no problems and my bride and I ride two up and i hev not seen any issues with power so far

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The 650 is plenty powerwise. I dare say with equal weight riders it would pull ahead of the VTX 1300 in a drag race. Handling, especially the new 2012 which has a couple improvements in suspension over the previous 650's is very good. It is a PLEASURE to ride fast in tight turns and is more stable when leaned over than my BMW with aftermarket shocks. I have both the 1000 and the 650, the new 650 is so much better as a "fun" bike there is no comparison.

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realshelby, you just answered another thing I was pondering! I liked the idea of more power on the 1000 but was worried it wouldn't be as fun. Thank you!
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I'm 260 right out of the shower. It has more power than I know what to do with. Supposedly the DL650 will do 0-60 in 3.8 sec. That's probably with a little guy driving. But what if it's 4.2 sec with one of us on it. Still really fast. If your used to a liter bike you might be dissapointed. Other than that you wouldn't be dissapointed.

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