I have a 2015 650. Yesterday I was riding down highway 550 in the Colorado Rockies. While getting gas I see 6 Canadians on 2 Ducati’s, 2 KTMs, a BMW and a Versys. I walked over and talked to them about the weather in the mountains and their bikes. A guy on the BMW asked what I was riding; I said nothing sexy like your bikes, I’m on a V-Strom. He quickly asked which one, and when I said 650, he said “great bike! I wish I never sold mine.” He said he put a lot of miles on his 650, bought a 1000, then moved on to other bikes.
So far I’m 3800 miles into this year’s out west trip, and I haven’t felt like I needed the extra power of the 1000. Me, the bike and the gear add up to 810 lbs. I’ve had plenty of power to stay with traffic in the 80’s with a stupid strong head wind beating me to death. (South Dakota has 80 mph speed limit). You probably won’t “outgrow” the 650 as quickly as you did your 250.
Just my two cents.
2015 DL650XT w/ factory Suzuki/Motech side cases and engine guard.
First farkle - Motech center stand
Augustus Wind Deflectors
Fat, foamy grips
Givi AirFlow windscreen
Go-Cruise throttle lock
JD Astar 1260 lumen LED tail light bulb
Suzuki (SW Motech) Top Case
Hyde Racing skid plate
Adventuretech kickstand foot, fork brace, fender raising kit, and peg lowering kit.
Zita 26mm up / 20mm back risers
Sit and Fly Seat Net
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