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post #1 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Wee Strom 650 vs. Naked SV-650?

I've been lurking here for a bit, trying to make up my mind between an naked SV-650 and a Wee-Strom 650 as primarily a daily work commuter, with the rare Saturday morning ride. Just curious from others who might have spent some time on both the V-strom and the upright SV-650. My work commute is back-road, sub-70mph.

For those who have ridden or own the SV, does that little dark stock windscreen at least break the wind off your chest at highway speeds? I would think maybe a slightly taller Givi screen on it would be something to consider.

I'm 6'1" / 155lb. Will I fit OK on the little SV or would I be cramped for space? I know the DL is larger in dimension in most every way.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 08:40 PM
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we have both, you might not notice the shorter distance to the pegs on the sv650 but once you have ridden the Strom it will bother you forever. Wind blast is not to bad on the naked SV for about 45 minutes and the position is relatively comfortable. It is doable for a 150 mile ride no problem.

For me.. just shy of 6' the strom is way more comfortable, better weather protection, more room and more versatile. Definitely the choice for two up.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 10:52 PM
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I'm 5'8" tall, so your results may vary.

How long is your commute?

I could easily do 350 mile days on my naked SV650. The fly screen does keep the wind off your chest. I can easily do 500 mile days on my Wee Strom.

The SV feels much lighter than the Strom, and IMO makes a better city bike. The Strom is fine in town, but the SV is better. The profile /size / weight difference add up quickly in the Sv's favor.

The Strom is a better long range bike. If you travel interstate, the wind and weather protection of the Strom will be a big advantage over the SV.

Passenger accomodations are much better on the DL.

Luggage options are much better on the DL.

The DL easily gets the nod on rough roads, not just gravel. The stock suspension on the SV can be hard on you. It's not bad per se, but the DL soaks up everything.

If you can only afford one, I suggest the V-Strom. It's 85% as good as the SV in the twisy stuff, is more comfy for both you and your passenger, is way more flexible (goes from commuter, to touring bike, to gravel roads easily,) offers superior weather protection, allows better visibility, etc.

Now, if you can afford 2 bikes....

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-23-2008, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ken mier View Post
For those who have ridden or own the SV, does that little dark stock windscreen at least break the wind off your chest at highway speeds? I would think maybe a slightly taller Givi screen on it would be something to consider
I sold my K6 SV650 naked last weekend. As much as I'm going to miss the SV, the DL650 far better suits my riding style, which is mostly commuting, some backroads, occasional fire road, and hopefully a few trips per year. I'm 5'11", 170lbs, and the DL wins hands down for comfort.

The stock flyscreen on the naked SV doesn't divert a whole lot of air. When it's 30 degrees C and humid out, that's likely a good thing. And even though you are right there in all that air, it is fairly clean air, which makes it surprisingly quiet -- much quieter than my stock DL screen/Madstat setup.

I ran a Givi A760 screen on my naked SV in the cold edges of the riding season. It took most of the air off of me, with just the top of my helmet in the air stream. While it was nice to be out of the wind, it created enough turbulence to be extremely noisy (no buffeting, though). I'd look forward to taking the darned thing off (see previous paragraph).

See this post for pics of my (former) SV with the Givi A760:
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-24-2008, 01:20 PM
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I've had both, but my SV was a first generation one without any fly screen. The SV is a brilliant back road carver for the money. I got rid of it for the DL because I found myself more on the interstate and less on the back roads, which is not where the SV is best suited.

The DL is a good solid bike, but for me, when Suzuki de-tuned the motor and added weight, it lost something in the translation.

If you're going to carve those back roads to work, get the SV. If you're going to ride to work, then get the DL.

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-24-2008, 02:13 PM
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I also had the old gen sv650 carburated no windscreen. and now have the wee. The sv was one of the funnest, most willing bikes I have ever had with a brilliant engine. With that said the strom is awesome too. I don't think you'd go wrong either way. Oh yeah one other thing my gas mileage is way better on the strom.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-24-2008, 04:11 PM
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Tough decision.....I have both an SV650S (with upright handlebars) and a DL1000.

I think you'd be happy with either of your choices, for the uses you're intending. I'm 6'5"/240, and although I might look like a monkey on a football, I've no problems doing sub-200 mile rides on the little bike.
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