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post #1 of 30 Old 05-09-2019, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone move from a 650 to a 1000?

If so, any input appreciated. The reason I ask is, this. I spend most of my day commuting from job site to job site, and spend 90% of my time on the freeway. I will put anywhere from 150 to 250 miles a day.

Iíve had my Wee for just about a year and absolutely love it. But sometimes when on the freeway I find myself thinking more ccís would be better. 70 mph is the speed limit, and 75-80 mph is generally the flow of traffic. Iím just thinking as Iím rolling down the freeway at 75+ that the DL1000 would have an easier time at those speeds racking up the daily miles. I also wonder if MPGS would be better, I donít check often, but I seem to get around 47-48 mpg on my Wee when I do check.

I donít ever feel my bike is struggling, it actually seems to come alive at the higher freeway speeds and is really a blast to ride. It is nimble in traffic, has plenty of power, but at the same time, I wonder if the DL1000 is a better option for the freeway riding I do daily.

The one thing that does make me hesitant, is I spent the past year buying accessories and outfitting the bike just how I want it, I am literally 3 accessories from away from finishing, I think. I paid $1500 for the bike and have spent somewhere around $1000 so far, for new and used items.

Also, my bike was fairly low mileage when I got it and has only 36,000 on it now. I know, to get a similar DL1000, with similar mileage and outfitted how I want it, would cost more than double or maybe triple what I have in my bike now.

Anyway as I write this, and reading back what I wrote, I am talking myself out of considering the 1000.
Anyone who has moved from a 650 to the 1000, did you really feel as though you made a good choice? Or did you regret the move and wished youíd kept the 650?
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Are you talking about moving from your 2004 DL650 to a Gen1 Vee, or one of the later model Vees with ABS etc?

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I would most likely be looking at the Gen 1, but am not opposed to a later model, if the right one came along.

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Skip the Gen 1, go with 14 or newer.

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Honestly moving from a versys 650, to a 2014 Strom abs has been one of my favorite features as it's saved my ass a couple times. One of the biggest was an offramp that always has a long wait, I always go in left lane because inevitably someone pulls out of the exit lane and back into traffic, so the middle Lane for motorcycles is treacherous. Well someone pulled it right in front in a SUV that then swerved right in front of me on a rainy day in NYC, I felt.both abs systems activate and I missed the suv by 10 feet. In my versys might have been a mild rear end collision, I've locked brakes before and saved it, but not with the speed of abs.... That being said, I loves my Strom, have no complaint and want to one day have vtom mileage on it....
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For me if you are not carrying a load stick with the 650 that you are happy with.

I moved up from a 09 Wee to a 14 V2 just because I spend a lot of time with the bride on the back and she sure knows how to load up a pannier with weight.

The 1000 is great for quick overtaking manoeuvres when loaded, if it were not for that I would still be on my Wee.
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Just for some background: I bought a new 2003 DL1000 and enjoyed the bike for quite a while. It was lighter and more nimble than my past BMW R1100GS and more reliable than my past KTM640 EXC Dualsport. The performance was great and mileage was about 40-45 mpg

I bought a new 2016 DL650 ABS and immediately, I realized that it was better in every way than the 1000, except in torque, HP and acceleration---but not much different. 50 to 60 mpg all the time I did sell it a month ago to make room for:

2018 Africa Twin????
2018 Super Tenere????
2018 Suzuki DL 1000, Standard or XT, that are selling in my area right at $9,000+- which is much cheaper than the other two

Whatever you decide, have fun and be careful, that ol' Interstate 5 and HWY 99 are killers unless you run faster than traffic

I still have an almost new 2014 Honda CTX1300D for the LONG rides.

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Whatever you decide, have fun and be careful, that ol' Interstate 5 and HWY 99 are killers unless you run faster than traffic
CA99 is where I spend a good chunk of my work days, 75 mph is the minimum to keep up some days. But most days if Iím not right around 80, Iím getting blown off the road. Although when 99 becomes a parking lot, the 650 feels like the perfect traffic buster, agile, nimble and easy to maneuver.
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Your 2004 DL650 is a much nicer, better sorted out bike than a **stock** 1st generation DL1000.

As you mentioned the motor on your bike comes alive at higher speeds. There isn't the same reserve power as a DL1000 would have but I never felt either of my DL650's lacking. If you felt you absolutely must upgrade then there are some good arguments to be made for a 2014+ DL1000 but just as many good arguments to stick with a DL650.

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One tooth higher on the countershaft sprocket would help a little, maybe 500 rpm's lower across the board

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