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post #1 of 9 Old 06-27-2017, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Good day all ,I have been reading threads on the 650 vs 1000,I have a couple questions?

A little about me I have been riding along time currently gl1800 with about 90k Use to handling a bike bike on my toes LOL anyhow ,I am doing an Alaska tri next year & thinking of picking up v-strom for trip! I will ride solo up ( with camping gear ) wife may meet up and ride back!

1.seat height which is lower ?as I am 5/5
2.Better 2 up?
3.80/20 More Highway!
4. Sufficient Power I like to cruise at higher speeds 70limit 80-90
5.Gas tank size
Thanks in advance from the newb!
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-27-2017, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Good day all ,I have been reading threads on the 650 vs 1000,I have a couple questions?

A little about me I have been riding along time currently gl1800 with about 90k Use to handling a bike bike on my toes LOL anyhow ,I am doing an Alaska tri next year & thinking of picking up v-strom for trip! I will ride solo up ( with camping gear ) wife may meet up and ride back!

1.seat height which is lower ?as I am 5/5
2.Better 2 up?
3.80/20 More Highway!
4. Sufficient Power I like to cruise at higher speeds 70limit 80-90
5.Gas tank size
Thanks in advance from the newb!
I am thinking 1000 with it lowered ,But how will that perform 2 up touring loaded down?
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I am thinking 1000 with it lowered ,But how will that perform 2 up touring loaded down?
I have never ridden 2-up on my V2;, but, I do weight 265lbs. I have ridden with some camping gear (20 or 30 lbs.) with not problems. Suspension was fine with more than enough power.
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"3.80/20 More Highway!
4. Sufficient Power I like to cruise at higher speeds 70limit 80-90"


Go for the 1000!
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Even the possibility of any touring 2 up loaded, go with the 1000.

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post #6 of 9 Old 06-30-2017, 12:34 AM
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At 5'5" you are looking at lowering links for sure (for either sized bike). Maybe a custom seat cut lower as well. I'd recommend the 1000 as well. Stock spring carried me (250ish), my lovely waif-like wife, and three bags loaded with no issues. I have since upgraded to an Ohlins but it wasn't really necessary.

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1.seat height which is lower ?as I am 5/5
What is inseam?
Either bike will need to be lowered and get some height from your boots for stability. Alaska mud in construction zones is nasty squirmy stuff and there are sections where many riders need to paddle due to rocks,
The 650 weighs less to start yet carries the same load.
You might like the extra power gettng to Alaska but my 650 had no issue at 75-85 all across the plains asnd there was more left.,

2.Better 2 up?
More oomph but see above.

3.80/20 More Highway!
I'd strongly suggest 50/50 K60s or Mitas 7 for the trip

4. Sufficient Power I like to cruise at higher speeds 70limit 80-90
The 650 will do those speeds but into a headwind uphill there will be less available but that's what gears are for.

5.Gas tank size
More concern is range and the 650 does better

Personally the lighter weight, longer range far outweighs the power for the height challenged rider ( I am as well )

The 650 is 41 lb lighter and a lower seat height by .6" as a start point.
With the new motor, traction control and other features I'd be recommending the 650 for you - lowered and you with lifted boots and careful with your luggage loading to get C of G as low as possible..

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After riding more than one of both got a 650 over the 1000 for a DeadHorse ,Alaska trip.Smallest new bike ever for me and first time ever I took a smaller motor over a bigger one on bikes so much alike. Two 1000s and two 650s with all camp gear,tools,food,etc.No chase. 10,300 miles with 900 of it gravel.Three and a half weeks all camp but for one night in DeadHorse when law said no camp because of too many bear alerts. 28 degrees and snow first week in June! That is as far as you can go by road in North America. Only time I liked the 1000 better was above 70mph.The little 650 will show well over 100 with ease.
We out chains on both the 1000s during the trip and had to stop in Sturgis on way back down so they could get new rear tires.The 650s never missed a beat but rear rubber was sad when we made it home.I like the new 1000 lots better than the older ones.All are great motorcycles IMO.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-03-2017, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Ty for all the great information and thought - I truly enjoyed the good read on Alaska trip! I am also considering the F700 GS As it does sit a little lower!
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