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post #1 of 10 Old 06-18-2019, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,
So Im looking to soon be buying my first ”real” bike and have come to the conclusion it should be a V-strom. Currently have been riding a Honda rebel 250 a couple of years. Problem now is choosing which one, DL650 or 1000.
Having read all kinds of comments about both models I feel basically lost, both seems like awesome choices and impossible to say which is right.
So I would like to ask, since Im 195cm and about 90kg, is there any real difference in size between the two? Its a concern of mine to not have a bike that feels too small (been having that issue with the rebel :P)
Also, is it a bad Idea of getting 1000cc model right away? Or is it better to start with the 650 anyway?
It will almost certainly be a 1st gen Strom in any case, thats about what I can afford.
Thx in advance for any input you can give.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-18-2019, 02:46 PM
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Relative new rider? Going to buy 1st generation?

I'd say go with the 650. It's almost identical in terms of dimensions and comfort, but is lighter and the engine is more refined. More than enough power to haul around a 200 lb solo rider. Or even with a passenger. They do work a bit harder at high speeds, but unless you're planning extended autobahn runs, that probably won't be a concern.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-18-2019, 02:49 PM
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At 6'2", 200 lbs, the 650 was plenty of bike for me, tall enough, powerful enough, even with wife as a passenger. I've done 4,000 mile trips, 80 mph on Utah freeways, and it has always done what I asked of it.
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Welcome to the forum, Simon.


You can't go wrong with either one. Like Byronw, the my Gen 1 DL650 has served me well and continues to do so. If I were to upgrade, it would be another DL650.

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From a 250 rebel the 650 will be a huge upgrade in power, agility, cornering, brakes, suspension, etc.

I would start there, get to the point where your skill is beyond the bike's limits before you consider a 1000. There is a big difference between the two and I'm happy I spent 3 years on the 650 first. There are moments where I still regret not having that 650 in my garage...

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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.

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You probably won’t “outgrow” the 650 as quickly as you did your 250.
You don't outgrow your DL650, you grow into it. I'm almost 69, riding street and dirt for 55+ years, and been thru a succession of big/superbikes over the years: from a 1973 and 1975 Kawasaki Z1-900, a couple of H-D FX models, an '84 Honda V-65 Magna, a '95 Kaw GPZ1100, an '07 Yam FJR, an '07 Honda CBR1000RR, an '09 Yam FZ1, an '11 Kaw Z1000, a '12 KTM 990SMT, and currently own a '13 Kaw ZX1000 Ninja...along with 2 DL650s--my '09 with 50K miles that I've owned for 9 years and a new(ish) '18 650XT. Guess which bikes I gravitate to when I want to go out and hoon the backroad twisties for a couple hundred mile day ride? Maybe it's because I don't feel the need to impress anyone with my ride--rather I let my riding do my talking. The WeeStrom is a completely capable motorcycle that will do anything you want to do, maybe short of riding the track competitively.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-19-2019, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all your comments. As of right now I def feels more inclined to be on the lookout for the 650. I live in Finland myself and for the most part there Will not be so much real high speed driving on motorways and such, which maybe also makes it more worth it than having 1000cc(?)
Then its just the matter of finding a bike, for some reason they are quite rare here, and also relatively expansive, which is annoying to say the least!

Are there Btw any special things at all to look out for when buying a used Strom?
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Welcome to the Forum, Simon. There are a few threads, that you will find when using the search on this site, to help answer your concerns. Each one of us is different in what we are looking for in a replacement ride, so it will depend on your needs. Not an easy choice by any means. The only advice I would recommend, is a lot of test rides and make notes of your observations. Don't simply purchase the first bike that you come across, unless you are sure that's exactly what you are looking for. Good luck with your hunt.
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... Will not be so much real high speed driving on motorways and such, which maybe also makes it more worth it than having 1000cc(?)
The DL650 will happily move along at speeds from 100 to 140 KPH all day, even with a passenger and packed with luggage. If you anticipate using it primarily for 2-up travel on multi-day trips heavily loaded, especially if you were headed to the mountains, I'd say get the DL1000.
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