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post #1 of 36 Old 11-19-2006, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Which Strom for a 6' 4 1/2" rider?

6' 5 1/2" (with my boots on).

Being rediculously tall and weighing in at 235 pounds I've always had a hard time finding bikes that fit me. Now I've got my eye on a new Strom, but don't know which one to buy. Part of me thinks the 1000 is the way to go, what with my height and desire to ride 400+ miles days up to Yosemite and such (from the SF Bay Area), but at the same time it seems like such a HUGE bike. There's also the price to consider. I've always been pretty cheap when it comes to buying bikes and like the lower out-the-door price of the 650.
Is the 650 noticably smaller than the 1000, or is mainly the seat height that's different?
(easily correctable). If they're both about the same it makes my choice a little (lot) easier.

Then there's weight. Granted the difference is only 50 +/- pounds, but weight is weight and after adding the various bits of Bling it could start to add up.

Size
Weight
Price
Intended use

All things to take into consideration to be sure, but right now I just want to know which one's larger/taller.:mrgreen:

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The Wee is 1" inch shorter. Take care of that by swapping someone for a 1000 seat. At your size the weight difference would be a non issue. You mentioned the P word ($$$). Price and operating costs seem to be an important consideration for a lot of Wee riders. You sound like you'd be better off with the Wee.

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the height difference is due to the seats, not the bikes which are far more similar than different. If sitting on the 1000 feels better, you'll love the tall
touring seat which is nearly an inch taller, nearly 2" taller on the 650. All of the seats fit on either bike by the way. If you are tall tho, whether it's the 650 or 1000, you'll like the tall touring seat. You might want to lower the pegs as well. I haven't done that yet but it's on the list.
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You also need to consider your riding style. If you like to twist the right grip a lot, then the 1k might be a better fit. If you like to cruise and/or ride with less, ah, aggression, then the 6fiddy might be a better fit.

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Hello -

I am 6'4" and weigh 250 lbs.

No question for me the DL1000 is the way to go - more power - feels planted on the road! Main reason I bought the DL1000 in the first place is because this bike just feels custom made for tall people like us!

My vote is the Big V!

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I am 6 3 and love the riding position of the Wee. I have ordered the madstad bracket to lift the screen to stop the helmet buffeting issue. There is a rumour Suzuki may not continue the 1000 due to low sales, may be a resale/parts issue in the future??? Great thing about the wee is it's size for a 650, doesnt ride like a small bike and certainly doesnt look it. I dont miss the right wrist reponce of my last Honda V-twin 1000, as I was prone to be a bit silly, this bike has the GG's to get up and go for passing etc but doesnt beg to be ridden hard. Another issue for long trips is fuel consumption, if you want to do long trips without having to stop as often for fuel the 650 is great, and one of the major selling points for me when I was shopping around, 400km + to a tank.

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The 1000's demise isn't about sales so much as emissions. It won't meet the 2008 requirements.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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If there's one thing I've learned is that you body will adapt to either Strom. I went from a Honda cruiser to the Strom and it took a few weeks for the small pains to go away. There are plenty aftermarket parts to make either bike more comfortable. The DL1000 feels roomier and has an important safety feature...POWER. Kawidad said it best, it depends on your riding style.

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I sold my 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650 yesterday and after delivering it 60 kilometres I went to the local Suzuki dealer (VMS in Kelowna) where they let me take a used 1000 out for an hours ride...what a difference after a year with the KLR! The power is stunning and I felt so planted to the road, it does feel heavy though, so I'm 99% sure April 1st will bring a 2007 650 ABS as my new bike. I am only 5'11" with a 32 inch inseam but will likely go for the taller seat as the seat/foot peg relationship feels better on the 1000. The KLR did all it was supposed to do...great bike, but didn't work out with my riding style (more highway than I thought I was going to be doing)

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I sold my 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650. The KLR did all it was supposed to do...great bike, but didn't work out with my riding style (more highway than I thought I was going to be doing)
Amen to that. I just sold my (over-blinged) '05 KLR 650. It was a great bike for what it was built for, but I found I too was riding more street than dirt and wanted just a little more passing power and a more comfortable, less stressful/fatiguing ride on long hauls.

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If you like to twist the right grip a lot, then the 1k might be a better fit. If you like to cruise and/or ride with less, ah, aggression, then the 6fiddy might be a better fit.
I went from a 1200cc Buell Cyclone to a 650cc KLR and was told by my riding buddies that my riding not only smoothed out, but my overall speeds increased. Having less power made me smoother and faster, and this doesn't surprise me a bit. Extra power is nice for getting yourself out of trouble, but power can also get you into trouble if you're not careful or are prone twisting the right grip a lot.
Granted the KLR was a dog when it came to passing, but at least I knew I wasn't going to grab too much throttle heading into a turn and rocket off into the trees (something you couldn't be sure of on the Buell). It was very predictable and easy to control.


Since I'm going to have to change the seat regardless and have always been a bit frugal when it comes to my riding, I'm leaning towards the Wee/650 as my next bike.

Thanks for all the input and suggestions.

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