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post #1 of 10 Old 09-13-2006, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Buy an '03 1000 or '05 650?? Same $$. Here's the details...

Just when I had made a definitive decision to buy a '04-'05 DL650 for between $4500-$5000, this came up today.

A guy at work happens to have a 2003 DL1000 with 2,900 original miles (he's the original owner) that he's willing to part with for $4800. I know he'll take $4500. Its immaculate and it's yellow (my favorite color- people can see me better).

There were 2 things I was going to do with the 650. One, add a 2nd false exhaust (I hate the imbalance) and two, paint it yellow. So the 1000 takes care of that.
>> See here about exhaust: https://www.stromtrooper.com/forum/vi...t=fake+exhaust

I remember reading somewhere that the 2003 DL1000 had a clutch problem (?) in the early production models. Is that right? I asked the owner and he says he has had absolutely no problems with it.

I like that the DL650 is 40# lighter and gets better gas mileage as I plan to drive to South America in the spring. Also, from what I read, the 650 motor MAY be more reliable than the 1000.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-13-2006, 04:17 PM
 
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I will guarantee you will get two different types of opinions for asking this question. Since I ride a 650, here is mine.

Yes, there has been a problem with 1000 clutch in earlier version as well as the dreaded surge. Both issues are easily resolvable and no reason to disregard 1000 for its smaller sibling. What you really need to ask yourself is what type of riding you plan on doing.

The 1000 is a stomp puller and much faster the 650 although itís no slouch either. It will also be a better bike for 2 up riding. The 650 is a bit smoother, does get a little bit better mileage and behaves better on dirt or fire roads. Basically, if you plan on doing street riding, want to ride 2 up and go fast, get the 1000. If you see some dirt roads in your future and 2 up is not that important, go with 650.

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The 1000 is a stomp puller and much faster the 650 although itís no slouch either. It will also be a better bike for 2 up riding. The 650 is a bit smoother, does get a little bit better mileage and behaves better on dirt or fire roads. Basically, if you plan on doing street riding, want to ride 2 up and go fast, get the 1000. If you see some dirt roads in your future and 2 up is not that important, go with 650.

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Frankly, the 6fiddy is not much of a slouch 2-up. It actually amazes me how well it does. The large ergos (same frame size as 1k) make it quite comfortable as well.

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Frankly, the 6fiddy is not much of a slouch 2-up. It actually amazes me how well it does. The large ergos (same frame size as 1k) make it quite comfortable as well.
True, true, but when you to combine my weight with the weight of my SO (hope she never finds this out), we would definately be pushing the limit. But then again, thats why I have my Gold Wing. :wink:

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Surge?

What's the "dreaded surge" about?
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Re: Surge?

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What's the "dreaded surge" about?
It's a fuel computer issues some 1K's have. Basically makes them stumble in low gears at low speeds. Obnoxious as hell.

Fortunatly, it's a pretty simple fix with a power commander or Yosh box, or some years the dealer will even warranty you up a new computer.

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BUY THE YELLOW ONE!

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Forget what color the bike is. Buy a yellow helmet like I have. People see your yellow helmet in traffic far easier than your motorcycle color.

And the 650 is my pick.

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Personally, I own a 2003 DL1000. I have never had a clutch problem, and as far as stumble - it only does it when I get stupid and buy something other than regular fuel. The bike is fast, comfortable, and dead reliable. I would get the 2003 DL1000. By the way, mine is silver and it is not for sale! :P
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I havn't ridden the DL1000 yet but I did downsize from a 1200 Bandit some time ago to the 650.

I really enjoy the easy handling and light weight, particularly if the roads are not perfect or the speeds are low.

There's still enough oomph to satisfy the speed freak in me. :twisted:

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