Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA
I went from an 1100cc fuel injected Moto Guzzi California to the DL650, and I have not regretted it one bit.
The Guzzi had rear wheel hp on the dyno (64-65hp) almost the same as the DL650 (62hp), but much more torque that the 650.
Yes, the Guzzi had incredible low end power, it could take off from a stand still in 3rd gear (on my first ride on it...) and it felt like you were being shot out of a cannon. But at traveling speeds, the VStrom is much more comfortable with better ergonomics. My body (specifically my lower back) did not allow me to travel without serious discomfort more than 200 miles per day on the Guzzi. On the VStrom with my upgraded Sargent saddle, I've done 650 miles in a day. I'm planning a Saddle Sore 1000 later this spring.
The DL650 gets up to freeway speed alarmingly fast, faster than +90% of all cars out there, and it will sit happy at 80-mph for hours on end. Back country paved roads are eaten up by it, unpaved roads are easily traveled as well (especially with a tire upgrade).
I've got 6000 miles on my '07 that I bought last June after 2.5 years with the Guzzi. I wax nostalgic for the old goose on occasion (Italian bikes have that effect), but the VStrom has not once put a frown on my face.
I think your idea is sound- the KLR for the rough stuff, the DL650 for long road hauls. Sounds like a lot of good times will be had in your future.
Twin Cities, MN, USA
'18 DL650XT, previously '07 DL650 and others
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