How many have made the switch from Wee to Vee, or vice versa?
I know, I know... flame war territory. I'm not looking for drama, just honest answers.
I bought a DL650. My last bike was a GS500E. For those who don't know, I went from a 384 lb carbureted parallell twin to a 427 lb 650cc V-twin. When you consider the added drag of the V-strom aerodynamics & my side cases... well, they seem almost equally as fast.
Now, this goes without saying, but the V-Strom differs in a least a hundred different ways that, to me, makes it a more enjoyable ride. I'm simply talking about power-to-weight ratio.
When I ride my buddy's Ninja 650R (parallel twin 650cc), it seems A LOT faster than my V-Strom. I'm not complaining. To me, faster is safer. I once wrecked a 750cc Katana. But riding that Ninja 650R is exhilarating. I crave more of that in my bike.
All of the above leads me to wonder how many have actually jumped ship and sold their 650cc for a 1000cc, or perhaps ditched the added weight of the 1000cc for the 650cc. Or, if you own both, which do you ride more?
This is purely a search for numbers i.e. hard data, not a discussion of the subjective differences between the two bikes. I'll tell ya, I'm considering the conversion.