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post #1 of 23 Old 08-27-2014, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Worth the difference?

Is the new DL1000 worth $4K more than the DL650?

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post #2 of 23 Old 08-27-2014, 04:08 PM
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It's certainly hard to justify, it comes down to your riding style. The 650 is more then enough power... so the difference is going to be when you are driving like a hooligan

Im not sure I could justify it.. $4k more, more insurance, more gas... for something I might take advantage of 5% of the time I ride the bike.

4k is a lot of money to me.. my current bike is only worth 4k total, so to me it's probably not. Having said that if I was to go out and finance a new bike.. i'd get the 1000 because i'd be financing it over 5years and i'd want to make sure I didn't regret the 650 I doubt i'll ever do that though, i'm a used bike budget kinda guy

Edit: to add to that 90% of my riding is commuting or running errands. I do a few weekend trips every year for fun rides If I had more time for fun rides... then the 1000 would make more sense

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I was thinking the exact same thing. Thanks

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(Please note I have not ridden a new V-Strom 1000 although I have sat on it. My opinion is largely based on what people have written about it. I have spent time on the original DL1000.)

I agree that the 650 is more than enough bike. Having out more than 300,000 km on two DL650's I have to say I love the bikes and the 650 is all that is needed.


I love all that I read about the New 1000.. the upgrades to the suspension, the trip computer stuff. The fact it is lighter and much better sorted out. The fact that almost very report says that it handles as well if not better than a 2012+ DL650. I love that it has traction control.

I would take a hard look in a few years when it is time to retire my 2012 DL650, but if Suzuki offered a new 650 based on the 2014 Vee2 platform I would likely take that.

Fundamentally the only person that can satisfy whether it is worth the price difference is the person spending the money so you really should go and try them both out and see.

As far as hooligan goes: It seems to me that most DL1000 riders ride in a much more relaxed way. They tend to not rev as much, not shift as much, basically torque along. Occasionally they twist the throttle in second and are rewarded with wheelies or actually work the bike and get a real rush of speed. But they usually don't.


My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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post #5 of 23 Old 08-27-2014, 10:09 PM
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Only you can answer that. If you have the funds...get what you want. To me...the 650 being "enough" bike is not the question. What do you want?

The wee is one of the great bargains remaining in motorcycle ownership, but If it doesn't check all your boxes, if it doesn't make you fall in love, it may still be money poorly spent.

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An important question IMO, is whichever you buy, are you going to keep it for a good while beyond your payments so the cost is spread out longer? Because if you go for the more expensive bike and tire of it, you start all over with payments again right away. Some guys are ok with this because they want to ride what they want when they want, but that is a continuous cycle, pun intended. That's the main reason I resist buying new vehicles. Because I know by the end of the loan, I'll already want a different one. I don't have a never ending bike budget. But if you do or will keep the bike at least a few "free" years, then get what you want and can afford. I might if the stars line up, entertain a new bike if Yamaha comes out with an 850 ADV. Might. Might not.

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post #7 of 23 Old 08-28-2014, 01:15 AM
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I love my Vee, but sometimes I think I should have gotten the Wee. Honestly tho, once the money was spent and I stopped missing the huge chunk of missing cash from savings the bike remained. And that bike has brought many miles of smiles.

One other thing to consider if you plan on selling within a few years. The wee outsells the Vee so a Wee is far easier to sell used (or so I've heard!)
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Horses for courses, as they say.
And the Vee has a shedload more horses than the Wee.
Two up with a load of luggage? There is no substitute for cubic inches. I thought you Yanks understood that?? (Just kidding
The new Vee is a gem in lots of ways. The biggest surprise in trading my 08 Vee for the new one is in the handling and that it feels way way lighter than the 8kg difference would indicate. And the low end grunt is superb.
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I rode an under-powered cruiser for a year before buying a big Vee. For me, it was worth the money to have more power when I need it.

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post #10 of 23 Old 08-28-2014, 10:33 AM
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I rode a Wee and thought it was horrible. Rode a Vee and bought it. There is no replacement for displacement, but it depends on how and who you ride with. On my last trip, if it was a 650, I would have spent most of the trip wringing it's neck in an effort to keep up with the guys I was riding with (on a Bandit 1250, FJR, and Ducati Multistrada GT).

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