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post #1 of 6 Old 01-10-2007, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom 650 weight question

I am considering the V-strom 650 and BMW 650 GS. I liked the BMW when I had a chance to test it.
I see that V-strom has some 20kg (44lb) more weight.
A test ride won't be possible for me on a Suzuki till mid June! (delaers schedule) so I was wondering if anybody could give me an idea of how that extra 20kg dry weight and the additional 30kg (fuel) would feel in the city riding condition.
I am 5' 9" and 175lb so the height is ok.
I will be doing 70% city, 25% highway and may be 5% regular gravel road commting.
Also, the protection for the exhaust pipe and the oil cooler, does not exist in the V-strom. Has anybody had a problem with this or has any fix to this that is not adding too much weight to the bike?
Any input is appreciated.
Oh by the way, after getting the ABS, heated grip, center stand and throwing in a few hundred bucks for the exhaust protection (I don't know what this cost will be), 20% less than the BMW. I am comparing 2000$ with the lower center of gravity in BMW and the less weight.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-10-2007, 10:24 AM
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A test ride won't be possible for me on a Suzuki till mid June! (delaers schedule) so I was wondering if anybody could give me an idea of how that extra 20kg dry weight and the additional 30kg (fuel) would feel in the city riding condition.
I am 5' 9" and 175lb so the height is ok.
I will be doing 70% city, 25% highway and may be 5% regular gravel road commting.
Also, the protection for the exhaust pipe and the oil cooler, does not exist in the V-strom. Has anybody had a problem with this or has any fix to this that is not adding too much weight to the bike?
If you're worried about maneuverability, you can easily run 18' circles, u-turns, figure 8's on the street. I suspect only you can really answer your question as to how the difference feels but perhaps someone who has owned both will chime in.

As regards crash bars/bash plates, there are a number available. For example:

http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...ture_motostuff

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While not a BMW GS650 owner, I owned a KLR prior to my DL650.
From what I have read the KLR & GS are similar with the GS having a bit of an edge on the road and a bit heavier.

Given that you are not planning on single track riding and only plan limited gravel road use, I don't think you will notice the weight saving of the GS that much. The MUCH smoother V-twin motor of the DL650 will more than make up for it on everything else you will be riding. The DL is also a MUCH better highway bike. The only time I notice the weight of the DL over the KLR is when I am stuck in the sand.

As far as the exhaust/oil cooler protection, that's your option. If your truly only doing a bit of gravel, no rocks or logs, a simple guard for the cooler or a fender extender to cut down on the gravel kick up should be enough.

As far as cost goes, don't forget cost of ownership. DL650's are cheap to keep.
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For the type of use you are describing, the DL650 wins hands down. It's better on roads and also way cheaper on maintenance. You won't notice the weight difference at all. The one thing is it feels way taller than the BMW. Sit on one and make sure you fit it okay. It's not the height that gets most people, it's the inseam. Center of gravity really isn't a problem. Starwatcher is right about maneuverability, you can do a figure eight in an area four parking spaces wide, no problem. Plus, the DL650 looks better
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I guess the fender extender is the nicer version of a bash-plate for 650. The bash-plates are UGLY for sure.

Is it possible to install the darker exhaust protection things from 1000 on 650?
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I guess the fender extender is the nicer version of a bash-plate for 650. The bash-plates are UGLY for sure.

Is it possible to install the darker exhaust protection things from 1000 on 650?
The fender extender goes on the back of the front fender and keeps the font wheel from kicking up as much gravel into the oil cooler & engine.



I saw a post where someone modded the 1000 lower to fit the 650, but its not a direct fit.

Have you looked at the Dan Vessel plate, its not as obtrusive as some of the others and does not require crash bars either.

I am waiting on some more info on the Hyde plate myself. But if you think most plates are ugly, you wont like the hyde plate at all.
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