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post #1 of 12 Old 04-10-2014, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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help a newbie 2011 0r new model

hey all, looking for a little help from the wee riders out there. ready to buy a wee and cant decide between an immaculate 2011 w/ only 1000 miles for $5500 or spend the xtra coin and go for a 2013 year end for $8500. ive researched both till my brain is numb. the magazine test reports sing the praises of the new model , but hours of reading posts here on stromtroopers would indicate the older version is just as rock solid. any help from those who have owned or ridden both would be greatly appreciated. I mean is the newer model THAT much better? not tryin to open a can of worms just lookin for a little real world input. thanks
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-10-2014, 03:15 PM
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I don't remember what OLD means

You can call me old, and you can call my 2006 Wee-Strom old,
but we are 80 years young (72 of those years are mine) and we
are headed from Florida to Ontario at the end of this month.

My 2006 DL-650 has carried me into Michigan six times,
three times into the Upper Peninsula and thrice into the other one.
I still have not found out what an inhabitant of Bad Axe MI is called,
but the burgher to whom I suggested "Begonias" scoffed at me.

Anyway, I cannot help you decide, but I can point out that my DL-650
has carried me through snow and fog and rain, yes lots of rain, and
plenty of fine weather as well, and I am mighty pleased with it.

What has made my motorcycle fail?

Well, I had to store it outside for three weeks, and a mud-dauber wasp
built a dam that diverted rain into the gas tank. Hence the bike would
not start until the diluted gas was replaced with something inflammable.

And what has made it overheat?

A professional mechanic left the fan motor's plug unconnected
when reassembling the motorcycle after setting valve clearances.

Apart from those all-too-human failings, I have had 78000 miles of
trouble-free riding, and I look to many more enjoyable miles.

My motorcycle is named COLORADO for several reasons,
and I am very proud to be its enthusiastic fan.

Whichever Strom you purchase, you are likely to have a good time riding it,
and to be overwhelmingly glad that you purchased it. I have a suggestion
that may have come from Benjamin Franklin (or maybe not).

Decide that heads means old and tails means new, and then flip a coin.
Do not be decided by the outcome of the flip; instead, consider how you FEEL
about the outcome of the flip. You may react, "DANG! I wanted the new one!"

If that particular event happens, then by all means get the new one.


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post #3 of 12 Old 04-10-2014, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the insight keith, my wife and i live in michigan and have been riding for about 30 yrs now, and we still dont know what the inhabitants of bad axe refer to themselves as LOL. ive owned and rode just about anything I could get my hands ( or ASS 0n) in that time. from a RD400 to a fz 1000 a fj 1200 a honda shadow a suzuki gxr A 1800 VTX a zrx1100 a sporster and now currently own and ride a 1500 goldwing and a KLR 650. my wife also has two bikes. she rides her own and I kinda like it that way. anyway sorry for the ramble but Im looking to sell the KLR and have decided on a wee, my wife says mid life crisis but hey, when its over he who has ridden and owned the most number of motorcycles wins..... dont they?? as I said just, cant seem to pick the old or the new!
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-10-2014, 03:59 PM
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LOTS of extra coin. No brainer IMHO.

'08 Yellow DL650

Engine Guards; Bash Plate; Centerstand; 1" Bar Risers; Adjustable Lowering Links; OEM Top/Side Cases; EB Headlight Relay; OEM Handguards; Fork Brace; Piece a crap Windscreen; Broken Shift Lever (Tap/Bolt/Duct Tape); New Tires (but I coulda run on that plugged rear another 4k)
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-10-2014, 04:58 PM
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I have a 2012 and have ridden a 2011 for a 3 day trip a few years ago. If it was me I would buy the 11 and put the extra money in suspension and farkles. The 12 powerband is slightly more refined, but The suspension still needed a little work for me. I could not be happier with my 12, but the extra savings you are talking about could go a long way in setting the bike up how you will like it....

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-10-2014, 05:02 PM
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The better overall powerplant will be in the 12 and up, and overall better controls and rider functions will also be in the 12 and up. As far as grin factor and best bang for the buck.......flip a coin.

BRIAN "GO Buckeyes, GO Wildcats"!

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post #7 of 12 Old 04-10-2014, 05:57 PM
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Get the one with less wind buffeting. Maybe the new one is better, but the older one punished me pretty bad.

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-12-2014, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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well after alot of debate I went and picked up the 2011 today. as bumbleV said the xtra coin played a big part in the decision. the bike only has 1100 miles and is flawless. i paid $5500 for it and as a bonus when I got there it already has a cee bailey shield and nice hand guards installed. it was about a 65-70 miles ride home and i can truly say I,m still grinning. I couldn't be happier. thanks to all who replied with their input. much appreciated. now on to my favorite part... hours researching and looking for the farkels. ( wife rolls eyes)
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-13-2014, 12:11 AM
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You will be able to get the new (and much improved) 2024 DL800 model, when your 2011 wears out.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-13-2014, 03:07 PM
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I got the 650 as well, and it seems to be a wonderful bike. Congratulations on your bike and ride safe.
Your bike is brand new, just broken in, long rides ahead of you

Ride safe!
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