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General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

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post #1111 of 1134 Old 07-23-2019, 08:09 AM
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Both great bikes. Can’t go wrong with either. And I’ve owned both.

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post #1112 of 1134 Old 07-28-2019, 01:36 AM
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There is no end to this discussion. Some will swear the 1000 is the only reasonable choice but others will say the same about the 650. Only the rider can make this call. Before buying my first Wee (2005) I spoke with two guys I ran into out in Death Valley, one on a 1,000 and the other the 650. They were buddies and had traded bikes back and forth so each was well aware of the attributes of both machines. Their answer was "Both were great bikes, each with its own advantages".

I have never ridden a 1,000 but I did spend a lot of years with my Triumph 1050 Tiger. I know what a 1,000 cc bike is like. After trading in my 2005 Wee on a 2017 DL650 I sold the Triumph. It was in perfect condition but I just didn't ride it any more. It had wonderful suspension, a beautiful 1050cc engine that would pull your eyeballs back into head, and so much more. But, all my ridding time was being spent on the DL650, including two-up with my gal. (wife actually). We saw no further reason to keep the mighty Triumph, the Wee was all we could make good use of.

1,000 or 650? There is no wrong answer. Both are great, just get the one YOU feel is best for you.
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I've been riding both a lot lately (2019 models). The 650 is so cute!
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Purchased a 2012 650, but for 2 up, being a big guy as it is, I think I'd be better served with a 1000.
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post #1115 of 1134 Old 08-06-2019, 04:13 PM
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I weighed between 650 and 1000, I bought the 650 because it is unbeatable in the market of this displacement. In the 1000cc range there has already a lot of choice and in some cases better than VStrom
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I weighed between 650 and 1000, I bought the 650 because it is unbeatable in the market of this displacement. In the 1000cc range there has already a lot of choice and in some cases better than VStrom
that's exactly what swung me towards 650, in 1000cc market there are many better choices, sure more expensive but still.
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Why not just get both?! I just picked up a '16 DL650 2 weeks ago. Already told my wife I'll stick with this for 5 years and add a 1000 in 5 years (which probably means 3).
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Why not just get both?!
honestly? because they look too similar.
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post #1119 of 1134 Old 08-16-2019, 11:29 PM
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For me its all about gas mileage for commuting. On the last suzuki demo day I loved how effortless the 1000 was but was more than okay with the 650's handling and power. Then again I was coming from a 2007 ninja 250.

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If its gas mileage you are after, try out a cb500x. My wifes blows away my DL 650 mpg wise... ( and her carbureted ninja 250 as well lol)
from my fuelly records ,average US mpg:
DL650 55.4
CB500x 69.1
EX250 64.1

2015 Wee2 EXP "Arya"
2002 DR650 SM "Tormund"
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