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post #1 of 27 Old 04-22-2019, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for a Newbee on a DL650

So... going to pick a brand new DL650 tomorrow.

I have been driving cars for the last 30 years, but after hiring a scooter on a vacation in Spain, I feel for it.

Being 2m tall (something like 6'6 I think), I am quite limited on what to chose as most bikes simply are to small for me. I have been test driving BMW F700gs, Honda ST1300, Suzuki DL650. I was also sitting on a 1200GSA, Honda Africa Twin which are also quite big, But test driving the DL650 made certain that I wanted it. Easy handling, cost efficient, fun bike.

As this is a new bike, I want to break it in correctly. Any recommandations for this? Test driving it was a bit has for me to figure out which RPM's the bike likes as there are quite a lot of noise driving a bike compared to driving a car.

Speaking of noise. Wind noise is quite much on this bike being 2m tall. Any recommandations for a windscreen that is optimal for us tall riders on a DL650?

The bike comes as standard. I would like decent but inexpensive topbox, panniers and what else would be generel needed for an MC. What can you recommend, and where to buy (in EU)?

Is this an attractive bike for thieves? I mean... how well should I guard it?

Anything else to recommend for a Newbee on a DL650?

Regards, Lars.
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post #2 of 27 Old 04-22-2019, 08:18 AM
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Hello and welcome to the group!

The manual has breakin procedures if I recall. Just follow them.

Most people replace the OEM windscreen. I went wit the Givi Airflow and it was a big improvement.

I went cheap for the side cases, but I LOVE them, they are the Givi E22, or the Kappa K22n. Small top loading boxes that hold all the basics. I also went with a E460 Givi top case and keyed all three boxes alike for one key access.

I don't believe the DL650 is a high theft bike, but I'm not sure in the EU.

Tips; install an H4 wiring harness from Eastern Beaver, add heated grips and handguards, and enjoy!

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post #3 of 27 Old 04-22-2019, 08:27 AM
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As a tall guy I can relate, a set of risers and a set of Richland Rick's drop peg mounts will work wonders on the 650.
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You should be fine with your height but the bike is a bit top heavy with a full tank so be careful with the front brake at slow speeds - learn to trail brake and use both brakes.

Madstad brackets and their largest screen will d wonders.
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post #5 of 27 Old 04-22-2019, 09:21 AM
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Agree on the risers/barbacks. I installed a small set of barbacks and it improved the riding position considerably.

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post #6 of 27 Old 04-22-2019, 11:06 AM
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Your best investment will be a good rider training course. Bar risers and Madstad's tallest screen, as well as smaller and more aerodynamic mirrors make a huge difference in noise and buffeting. I have just come back to a 17' DL650 from a highly modified Triumph 1050 Tiger and couldn't be happier. Welcome
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post #7 of 27 Old 04-22-2019, 02:30 PM
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As poster have stated above.

get a different windshield setup. either givi airflow or madstad adjustible bracket and windscreen will cut down on helmet buffeting. a handlebar riser and lowering foot rest will greatly increase your comfort since you are tall.

For cases, since you are in EU. check out they have great prices for top and side cases from Givi. if you can wait, they typically have pretty good sales on Black Friday in November.

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keep your head on a swivel when you're riding. Assume everyone is out to 'run over you'. Wear bright riding gear.

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A lot of great riding and camping in Europe (if that is where you are).

I can't agree more about investing in training. The Strom... even though it's not a "high performance" machine per sé, still has more capability than the average rider (myself included). Ride the bike... then determine what you need to change, and what you want to change. Resist the temptation to simply start adding bits and bobs. Get to know the bike and you'll soon learn where you want to make changes.

That being said, yes, the MadStad bracket will usually help with wind. Eastern Beaver is a good place to start for basic electronic upgrades, Adventure Tech for various performance upgrades and farkles.

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To help the OP and his future confusion. You will see a lot of reference over the years for models prior to 2017 wherein there is a lot of talk of buying a madstad bracket. That can't be done for the 2017 and newer. You would need to buy the entire Madstad windshield package. I guess it is possible that somebody else could have bought a complete Madstad windshield setup for their 2017+ and then broke the windshield and decided to sell the bracket. That is the only way you will find a Madstad bracket for a 2017+. Enjoy the bike. It is awesome. Oh ya, so is the entire Madstad windshield setup.
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