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post #1 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Oklahoma
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Howdy!! Any information helps :)

Good day!

I recently joined, I have been obsessed with determining which route I want to go.... I recently lost my father, horrible circumstances. We had planned on building a couple of dr650’s, traveling, camping etc. Now that he is no longer here,, I figure i should just get another V-strom. ( I bought a 2009 model with 22k on it in 2013, back in the Marine Corps days: RODE FOR A MONTH BEFORE BREAKING MY LEFT ANKLE

However, I racked up about 6k miles in that time. Loved that bike to pieces. It was a sad thing to lose.

Which brings me to my question, do I go out and buy a new 2019 650xt for $8900USD with 1 mile.
Or a 1000 model.
I know the Stroms can run for a long long time, especially taken care of. I want to take this bike and ride it everywhere. Travel the United States to Canada etc

I also want to take my lady out with me occasionally LOL

Thank you all for your time and I look forward to chatting and potentially riding with some new friends!!!
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 08:04 PM
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I haven't owned both, just the DL1000 (2014). But I've read through plenty of the 650 VS 1000 threads. I'd say it comes down to personal preference. The general consensus seems to be that either will do the job.

I got the 1000 for interstate cruising with cargo or passenger. They are heavier than the 650 but not excessively.

I'd ask if you are excited for power or how much you plan on riding 2-up. If yes, then consider the 1000.

Mine has been great even though I ride solo significantly more than dual. I like being able to call on that extra power when I want it. Not having ridden a 650 I can't say if it has advantages over the 1000, but my Vee2 hasn't given me reason to worry about it.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
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I was honestly worried about having to much fun on the 1000 and "being seen" lol

I figured that can be costly!! Although I am 27, the freedom of the road is just invigorating!! Thank you very much for sharing with me! It looks like I am going to have to ride them both dealer wheelin'
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 10:56 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Eric.

The 650 has taken me every where I have wanted to go. Either one will serve you well. Try them both and pick the one that makes you feel at home.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 11:38 PM
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It depends on your destinations. If you intend long miles on good roads with gear, or maybe a passenger, the 1000. If you intend to travel lots of fire roads etc, that extra weight although modest, can make the 1000 more of a handful at times, and the 650 can tackle long miles if required.

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-25-2019, 03:49 AM
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Welcome to the Forum, Eric. There are many interesting threads on this site, listing the pros and cons of a DL650 vs a DL1000. My suggestion is if you can, either hire for a day or test ride one of each to find out for yourself, which meets your needs and style of riding. Good luck with your choice.
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-25-2019, 06:32 PM
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Welcome aboard. I first had a 650 back in 2008. When I decided to come back to the vstroms I decided to try the 1000. It's an 08 also. For me personally I like the torque and power especially with the change in gearing I made to the 1000. And yes the 650 is a bit more nimbler. It just kind of boils down to what type of riding you want to do most of.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-26-2019, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Location: Oklahoma
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Thank you, fellow Stromtroopers!!

After reading all of the advice and life experiences posted. I decided to try out both bikes. However, I am now leading towards the 1000 more than i was!! I will keep everyone updated.

I am going to look for a used bike instead of a new one. The idea of tipping over in a parking lot (doing low speed maneuvers) on a new bike is a bit much for me to process!!

Looking for a bike between 4K-10k shouldn’t Be to hard to find a good deal!!
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-26-2019, 03:38 PM
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I've seen lots of used vstroms between Toronto and Quebec City for cheap.

Regarding which bike. They are both great. There are days where I miss my 650 and days where I the 1000 is favourite bike in the world. Both great.

If you are new to riding, I would start with a 650. There is no better all around bike to learn how to ride adventure bikes.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-27-2019, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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I haven’t thought to look up North for a bike, I need to look into importing one if I can find one at a good enough deal! I haven’t ridden in 6 years so I think going with another 650 is the way to go also. Thank you for the advice brother!!

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