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post #1 of 15 Old 03-30-2014, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of updating from 2006 to 2012

Right now I have a 2006 V strom 650 with 27000 miles on it. I have put heated grips, givi engine guards, givi e21 sidebags, center stand, and a corbin seat. I just about got it set up how I want it. Then last week I stopped at the local dealer, he has a 2012 650 adventure left over. I really liked the bike. Just wondering if any of you guys have any opinions, about going up to a 2012.
Are the 2012's a nicer riding bike?
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-30-2014, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, it is paid for.
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Must be nice to have a enough Benjamin's laying around I'm not knocking, I'm jealous. Why not get something different? Always nice to have an option. Just sayin'
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Take some of the money you would spend on the 2012 and buy new springs and cartridge emulators for the front forks. You will have a better riding bike than the 2012. Spend a few dollars on the windshield if you have not yet done that. The difference is not that great and since you have a nice '06 I don't think what you cannot change is worth the cost.

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post #6 of 15 Old 03-30-2014, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Great point on updating the suspension. I did try a taller windshield, I went back to stock. Always thought about a madstad bracket.
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My opinion here is there will always be new models coming out and different features with all bikes and you can alway upgrade to a 12 model when there used and then you will probably want the 2016 model. So just ride whatever it is that makes you happy and comfortable cause there's always going to be bikes for sale!


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Have you taken a look in the 2012+DL650 forum? There are several people (including me) that rode the original DL650 and have now changed to the 2012+ model. A lot of good information for you to digest.

My take is that I loved riding my 2006 DL650 for over 125,000 miles, and the bikes still runs well. But I love my 2012 even more in the 51,000 miles I have put on it over the last two years. My 2006 had many changes including changed front springs, cartridge emulators, and a different rear shock. It worked well, but I don't feel the need to make changes on the 2012 (and I am around the 240lb mark.)

If there wasn't a changed 2012 I would likely still be happily riding the 2006, but I'm happy I changed.


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I traded in my DL1000/2007 for a brand new DL650/2013.
I never thought about buying a brand new bike, but since the price was good, I decided to change.
I'm enjoying the new bike, I like the ABS, the new panel (with gear indicator), the new visual is very appealing for me.
My DL1000 was not farkled (the most expensive thing was the PCV).
Unfortunately accessories are being very expensive for this new model from Suzuki, so this is something you must keep in your mind.
Anyway, as someone mentioned above you must ride and do what makes you happy, this forum will give you very different views, but in the end it is your money and you to take a decision.
In my case, yes I'm very happy, in fact today was the first good day to ride, so I could do some brake-in.
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post #10 of 15 Old 03-31-2014, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I went down to the dealer today to take another look at the new 2012, it was gone. He said they have sold 2 v stroms. I am going to do a couple more things with mine and keep riding it. Thanks.
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