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post #1 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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I am back, this time with 1000.

Could not stay away from Stormtropper for long. I bought Honda NT700V and Triumph Tiger 1050 before selling my DL650. So then I had three street bikes but with space in garage and in finances for only one. Difficult decision time for sure.

I really loved all three bikes and had a very tough decision to make. The NT700V was very nice in smooth twisties and was very convenient on longer trips with shaft drive and integrated luggage. The Tiger 1050 had the best engine/tranny of any bike I have ever ridden but also had cheesy factory luggage and high maintenance costs. The DL650 was actually most versatile of these three. I did not like the high RPMs and busy motor feel when pushing to keep up with freeway traffic on both NT700 and DL650 even though I knew I could not harm either motor. The NT700 and DL650 were both in need of suspension help.

Long story short, all three are gone and replaced with very nice low milage 06 DL1000.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 03:39 PM
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Thanks for posting OLDTURTLE;....you have answered a question I've had

about the NT700V...also welcome home
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Sounds like your porridge is just right now. Think Godilocks and the 3 bears...

That was sort of the thinking I went through to some extent before I bought the Vee. The 650 motor didn't have enough punch. I didn't want a land yacht such as Goldwing yet I wanted luggage. I wanted enough motor to keep me entertained from time to time. I had a longer list of requisites than these of course.

The Vee ticked off most of the boxes on a intellectual level. A test ride assured me that there was more of an emotional connection as well (at least if I could uncork the stock exhaust). For me there is just something about the rumble of a big V-twin that just gets my blood going.

Today I was standing about 15 feet behind my Vee while it was idling on the center stand. I could feel every exhaust pulse from the Akrapovic exhaust. There was just sometime really cool about that moment and even my kids thought it was pretty cool that you could be so far away and feel the pulse.

Every time I take my daughter for a ride she just lets out this infectious giggle whenever I grab a handle full of throttle in the lower gears. It is a nice balance for her between fast enough to be fun but no so quick as to be terrifying. We have a big Ninja (ZX-12R) and that bike is terrifyingly fast for her. Plus it is not comfortable for a passenger on the back.

I can have the backrest on or the rear trunk on and my kids feel more secure when accelerating hard. I think that is the part I really like about the Vee is it can be fully loaded with gear and 2 people and still accelerate pretty well. It may not be the quickest/fastest bike on the road but it sure entertaining. I know now if I'd bought the 650 I'd have been bored in short order as my time on the Vee has been about 90% riding double.

Enjoy your new ride! Let the farkling begin.
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Just sold my wee too and my DL1000 deal fell through. Now I'm chomping at the bit. Useing the opportunity to look at different bikes until the good DL 1000 deal comes along. I know I'll miss some things about the wee but I hope the 1k fills in the blanks well enough. I'm giving up some things with the wee but gaining others with a 1k. In the end I just, I just had to work the motor too hard to get some juice. It's all good,,,,,,,,,,,just the pursuit and all that........
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-04-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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.........That was sort of the thinking I went through to some extent before I bought the Vee. The 650 motor didn't have enough punch........

..........Enjoy your new ride! Let the farkling begin.
I really believe that a 650/700 V twin is one of the most sensible all around motors in the industry. The problem was not with lack of power as much as with my antiquated thinking that could not let me enjoy the high revs at speed. So now I am happier actually running at same speed as before but now with more relaxed engine under my arse.

I already miss the perfect fuel injection programming and smooth motor on the box stock Wee. My new Vee came with a pair of Leo Vince slip ons but no Power Commander to smooth out the power delivery. So a PC will more than likely be on my short list of mods.

The Vee also came with centerstand and heated grips. I just need to get luggage, guards, and EFI sorted out and I should be good to go.

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I really believe that a 650/700 V twin is one of the most sensible all around motors in the industry.
I agree with you 100%.

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Welcome back. I won't go down the 650 vs 1000 debate, I too have a K6 Vee and like it very much.

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-29-2011, 10:21 AM
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Saw a Black DL 1000 being prepped at a local dealer (09) leftover going to a smart buyer, I need one to go with my Wee! A shaft would be cool, hey Suz how bout it?
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