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post #1 of 5 Old 09-08-2017, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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2016 or 2017???

So I finally negotiated with my Wife to get a new bike! I have to fund her building a giant spider decoration for the lawn (probably 6-7ft across and 3-4ft high made out of PVC pipes and Great Stuff expanding foam) but at least I'm getting a new bike!

A Vstrom 650 is on currently at the top of my list, but I can't decide between a new non-current 2016 (still plenty of those around) or a new 2017. I have things I like and dislike about both. I will be looking for one with cast wheels regardless of the year as I don't want to have to clean spokes.

2016 Pros: Proven reliability, TONS of farkles available, deals on price, can get with factory aluminum luggage. 2016 Cons: Asymmetrical aluminum panniers look a little weird, being the end of the product run there won't be any new farkles come out for them.

2017 Pros: Newest of the new, should be able to get symmetrical aluminum panniers just like on the newer 1000 Strom, apparently they are narrower (slightly) at the tank making it easier to get my legs down to the ground which is a good thing seeing as I'm 5'8". 2017 Cons: I'm a little nervous about traction control and if it will hold up in 10yrs time or 100,000km as it's probably expensive to fix and seems overkill on a bike with 70hp, being new the farkles probably haven't caught up yet.


Things I want for either bike are a full set of aluminum GIVI luggage (I like the look better than the plastic ones on a Strom and I LOVE the fact that the panniers are top loading), an adjustable windscreen (probably a GIVI max air), a power outlet, centre stand, wider kick stand foot plate, fog lights, crash bars. Things I'd like to have are a GPS, tank bag with locking ring rather than magnets, top box back rest pad and heated grips or better yet a heated jacket.


So I'd love to hear all your arguments for or against either model. Cheers!
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-08-2017, 04:12 PM
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The money saved on the 2016 will buy a lot of extras. Suzuki makes optional heated grips, center stand, and lower seat. I agree traction control seems unnecessary. I'm not sure what other differences there are, but I can attest to the 2016 being a very good bike.
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I think the looks alone are enough to get a '17. And I think you have the best idea on the Givi top loaders. Good luck with your decisions and good luck with the spider decorations .....although most spiders don't seem to like being decorated. Be careful.
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I don't know how many new and exciting farkles could come about for the 2012 -2016 DL650if remained unchanged for another decade. I imagine not many. The DR650 has been the same from 1996 thru 2018 and farkels leveled out about 15 years ago.

As for the panniers I also hated the asymmetrical panniers on the XT for looks and function. I ended up buying a DL w/o luggage and added my own. I used Happy Trails pannier racks and Pelican 1550's for cases. All symmetrical.

Top loaders verses side loader is a personal preference. I prefer side loaders but more importantly I prefer panniers that have waterproof and dustproof seal, not just water resistant. Soggy personal effects are not my idea of a good time. Pelican's or to a slightly lesser degree Seahorse cases while not very stylish are inexpensive, durable, dust and waterproof. I look at DL as a utility/touring bike so comfort and function come WAY ahead of looks.
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They are just like women. If she is ugly enough to make a freight train take a dirt road then it doesnt matter how good she can cook. I've had an ugly bike before and soap farkles did not help.

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