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post #1 of 7 Old 07-31-2019, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, I'm a new member. I live in Indianapolis, In and am interested in finding out more on the V-Strom 650. I would like to make it my next bike and am looking to gain knowledge on the bike. I am 6'3" 240 Lbs. I'm researching whether I will fit on the bike and if the bike is able to handle highway speeds up to 75 O.K. I look forward to learning more and thank you for the opportunity. Dan
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-31-2019, 03:11 AM
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Hi IndyStrom650 -

Welcome to the forum. I am 6'2" and 230 and my '09 Wee fits me fine. I have stock heights for suspension, pegs, and seat. I have a 34" inseam and can flat-foot the bike, though usually I am a one-footer.
Bike will pull along on the highway at 75 or 80 all day without complaint or issue. The only place the 650 might lack power would be at high elevations or in a strong headwind. It is a great platform and well supported in both the accessories market as well as in the world of web forums.
Best of luck in your research. Would recommend looking at 2012 forward as these bikes have ABS and the engine was slightly changed for the better.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-31-2019, 03:50 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. For more leg comfort, you may want to consider installing a foot peg lowering kit. For more info read,
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-31-2019, 08:57 AM
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Hello and welcome. I'm slightly smaller and lighter than you, but I suspect the 650 might actually be tailored a bit more to your size. I can just reach to get both feet down firmly, and I installed up and back risers to feel more comfortable reaching the bars. I'm considering adding a tooth to the front sprocket, which is now probably just right for a heavier rider. I don't ride a lot of miles, as most of the guys here do, but I'm persuaded the 650 is the right bike for just about anything I want to do.

I had the chance to ride several new bikes at the local dealer's demo day last weekend. I rode a 1000 V-Strom, an Africa twin, a Suzuki SV650, a Honda NC-750, and Triumph Thruxton R 1200. All were excellent, but I was glad that the one I own, the one I rode home, was the DL650. DD
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-31-2019, 09:29 AM
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What draws your attention to the DL650?
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-31-2019, 02:54 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Dan.

You will find what you search for here.

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-31-2019, 03:00 PM
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The 650 and 1000 share the same ergonomics. Both bikes have a nice roomy lay out. You will find it hard to source a better tall mans bike. As for cruising capability, I owned a 1000.
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