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post #1 of 14 Old 09-02-2018, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Just looking

In the market for a new to me dual sport and heard good things about the 650. Lurking and learning!
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-02-2018, 08:59 PM
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Welcome to the forum, ugatha.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-02-2018, 09:24 PM
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Welcome. Good luck finding your next ride.

IMnsHO, the V-strom is not a dual sport. Oh, you can ride it on trails but it lacks the suspension and weighs too much, also my opinion. However, if you like riding on roads of all sorts, it is a great steed!
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What I ride now:
2013 Honda GoldWing (The Lady)
2014 V-strom 650 (The Mistress)
Previously: 07 Ultra Classic, 95 Softail, 80 gs450l
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post #4 of 14 Old 09-02-2018, 09:55 PM
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If you consider riding groomed gravel fire break roads then yes the Vstrom is okay. Honestly I have a DR650 that is easily 100lb lighter than the DL650 and anything beyond 2 track it gets to be strenuous. I've had my DR650 on some good ole' solid "B Class" Appalachian mountain trails and hated each and every second of it. I did not ride the bike through the rocks gardens I pounded it threw them. I didn't ride up hill I plowed up them. Downhills were controlled slides. If I was on a VStom I'd have just left it for dead about a mile in. Buy the way guys on light Euro woods bikes bopped by me casually tiptoeing over the rocks and kept asking "your seriously taking that thing threw here?"

What's your definition of "dual Sport"?
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-02-2018, 10:20 PM
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The DL650 is a fantastic bike, but it's more properly called an Adventure Bike. Not trying to split hairs, but it is more of a street bike that can do some off-pavement as stated by the previous posters.
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-03-2018, 02:50 AM
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-03-2018, 03:18 PM
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Welcome.Lots of good information to filter through here.Best thing you can do is test ride as many different bikes as you can.
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-03-2018, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Dual Sport

Yall are correct. I plan 99.9% hard surface riding and dual sport is probably not really accurate to apply to these great bikes. Thanks!
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-04-2018, 08:23 PM
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Yall are correct. I plan 99.9% hard surface riding and dual sport is probably not really accurate to apply to these great bikes. Thanks!
Then the V-strom should be on your list of test rides. I rode several bikes before getting my Strom. I documented how they felt to me and it may help you. They are all in this thread starting on this page:
condsidering a weestrom
post 53 - wee-strom and glee
post 54 - big Vee-strom
post 66 - nc700x
post 81 - tiger xrx
post 86 - versys
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What I ride now:
2013 Honda GoldWing (The Lady)
2014 V-strom 650 (The Mistress)
Previously: 07 Ultra Classic, 95 Softail, 80 gs450l
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-16-2018, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Just Waiting

I went from just looking to buying the Fully Farkled 2011 white Wee from the classifieds. Now Im Just Waiting for the shipping company to pick it up in about a week and get it to me just in time for prime south Louisiana riding weather. Looking forward to it!

Previous rides:
Suzuki 80cc Hillbilly
Honda 500 Twin
1975 Gold Wing
Suzuki Volusia (same bike twice)
HD V Rod
HD Sportster (3 of them)
HD Dyna
Aprilia Futura
Honda Magna 750 (3 of them)
Honda 750 Nighthawk
Triumph America
Triumph Thunderbird
Triumph Speedmaster
BMW R1150R (2 of them)
BMW F800ST
BMW K1200s
BMW K75
Yamaha 1100 Cruiser
Suzuki SV650
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