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post #1 of 35 Old 08-19-2007, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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New V-Strom for guy 6'6", 650 or 1000?

So I've done all the research that I can before purchasing my first Strom... and I just have to get some of your opinions on one final question I have.

After doing much reading and speaking with others about the merits of each bike, the overwhelming favourite is the 650.. in which case making my mind would be simple; however, I am extrodinarily tall at 6'6". Soooo.....does fit trump everything else?? Am I better suited to the 1" higher seat and higher centre of gravity???

I know this topic has been beat to death, but any thoughts would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 35 Old 08-19-2007, 06:26 PM
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I'm 6'3" and I have the 1000 and it fits me pretty well. My advice is to take both for an extended ride (not just around the block) and see which one "feels" better to you. Are you planning on doing any 2 up riding? Figure out how much weight you might be hauling around because you may want the added oomph of the liter bike. As you may well already have noticed the 650 and 1000 camps can be pretty vocal about why they're bikes are better (or why the other's a wannabe). I'm sure that you could find one of each pretty close to you and the owners will probably even let you test ride 'em. Be realistic in your goals regarding riding style and you'll come out fine, either way welcome to the fold!

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You are not extraordinarily tall!! Hell I am 6'7" and I only consider myself taller than most.....there are guys riding stroms that are 6'10 - course anyone I have to look up to extraordinarily tall

I rode a 650 for 11 day through NZ - loved it- perfect bike for those little twisty roads and max speedlimits of 100kph! Got home and bought a 1000 lightly used, shortly thereafter (while the advise to but a day or two of riding is good advice- it aint' gonna happen you and I both know it).

I ended up buying raising with new dogbones to add an inch because I had put lowering brackets for the pegs (draggin parts if you don't compensate).

The ride difference is negligible - oh you will hear the 650 is flickable, and better off road, yada yada yada. The 1000 is just fine, 40 lbs heavier, and shitload quicker on the throttle. FLick a throttle or flick the handlebars, it all ends up the same.

It does have a noisy motor and if not sync'd and with the correct ECM installed or upgraded can be a PIA.....BUT once it's dialed in it runs just like a 650 with a pair big nuts only with more noises.

I would ride a 650 - I am not mocking them.....well yes I am but it's all in good fun.....they are a very good machine, probably a more effortless purchase, especially since the 'professionals' at most suzuki dealers couldn't tune a rocking chair. 650's are ready out of the box for the most part.

Look for an '06 or above - if you go with the 1000. Later 05 have all the bugs fixed though....so that would work if you could tell when it was produced.

Height-wise what's an inch one way or the other....not enough to make a big difference.

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post #4 of 35 Old 08-19-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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i'm 6'4" and ride a wee. i think it's pretty comfy.

i'm a bit of a newb to the wonderful world of stroms, but it seems to me from my reading here and other places, other than the 1" difference in the stock seat height, the bikes are the same with the vee having more ass in the throttle dept and the bit of weight that goes with more motor. the wee's motor does seem to be better tuned from the factory, requiring less tinkering and aftermarket parts to run right.

i think the choice of wee or vee should be based more on riding style/types of miles than the physical size of the rider. the bikes are virtually identical in size other than the seat, which is easily remedied and lots of folks put aftermarket seats on anyway.

on the days i spend time on the superslab, i'd switch out my wee for a vee . on all other days, i'm quite content with the wee.

i do plan to put a taller/more comfy seat on the wee one day, but it's pretty far down the farkle list. i 'need' other stuff first .

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.....BUT once it's dialed in it runs just like a 650 with a pair big nuts only with more noises.
Well that hits it squarely on the head. Line of the day!
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post #6 of 35 Old 08-19-2007, 07:22 PM
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post #7 of 35 Old 08-19-2007, 07:47 PM
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If you like the 650, get the 650. Im also 6'6" and ride the 650. The only thing I did was get the Gel seat that lift's you up about 1". Im also sure you can trade the 1000 seat for a 650 seat at the dealer or around here. Thats the 1" there. I say test ride both. They are two very different bikes. The 650 is lighter and more nimble, and the 1K has a lot more freeway grunt. Ride what fits your personality, but just remember that in the area of comfort and riding position, the only differeance between the two is the seat.

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I'm 6'6" also, and I've never tried the wee. The Vee fits me great, in fact that was the reason I picked the Strom in the first place.

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whether vee or wee, the strom is definitely a 'tall guy' kinda bike :mrgreen: .

i've been on a few different street bikes, and the strom seems to fit me best. i don't feel like i'm riding a 'toy'. i don't think you can go wrong with either.

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/Does his Best George HW Bush impersonation/ Not gonna do it...wouldn't be prudent...
Remarkable restraint MS.

Jakeman, buy a 650. It'll do you just fine.
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