Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: J'ville, Alabama
I had a 2007 FJR with the Cal-Sci XL screen and a Sargent seat. At 6'-3" I liked OK, but the Strom is more up right. Stock pegs on the FJR made my knees hurt after a while, the Strom is better in that regard.
The hand position is similar with stock bars, puts your wrist at an odd angle but you can easily put some Tusk CR high bars and solve that. I bought a 2006 DL1000 and I like it better over all than a FJR for comfort, the Suzuki gel seat is decent for OEM. I miss the electric wind shield, I couldn't make the stock Strom wind shield work for me. I had to put a Madstad bracket on with a larger 22" ADV shield.
The bike has buffeting issues, I don't think it will ever be as quite behind the shield as a FJR. The madstad does let you find a cold weather and hot weather position that is usually fairly decent.
You can get ABS on the DL650, I "needed" the DL1000 power though, so I went with no ABS. Most say that a DL1000 needs tuning, they come very lean from Suzuki. I'm happy with mine equipped with a power commander. Gets about 40 mpg riding briskly so far after 3 tanks that I checked, I did 42 mpg on the FJR. Has enough power, but nothing like the FJR at 8K. Easy to hit 90 mph when passing so, it has enough for most passing "needs".
If you add lowered pegs it will be very roomy, I haven't felt the need yet. I've done 130 miles without stopping and my knees were fine. I have a 34" inseam.
To me, the main thing to check is the buffeting if you want a large shield. If you like being out in the breeze its fine, just don't expect a ride in quite air. Its a great hot weather bike with a short screen. I finally got my 22" Madstad to work OK, it does throw the bugs over my helmet now and I can find a quite pocket if I lean forward on the interstate. I never got the FJR to work perfectly either with the tall Cal-Sci. I left it down most of the time.
As a tall guy I feel at home on the DL1000, the more I ride it the more the seating position grows on me. The seat throws me into the tank too much, but I've never had a stock seat I was happy with anyway.