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post #1 of 10 Old 09-11-2019, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe adding a DL650 in the garage

I am new to these forums and to the V Strom motorcycle. I've been riding for 15 years, about 10-12K a year, on a variety of bikes...sport, cruiser, standard...and am looking for a light touring motorcycle that will take me and my luggage on weekend-to-weeklong trips.

As an older rider, mid-60s, and at 5'9", the vast majority of the bigger/taller/heavier bikes are simply not practical. The VS650 seems like a very functional alternative for me. The ergonomics and economics are attractive, and it certainly has a dedicated and faithful following (suggesting a solid, reliable bike).

I've been prowling local dealerships and have a few new and lightly-used VS650 options to consider. Hope to add one to the garage shortly.

Looking forward to learning and sharing.
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-11-2019, 08:16 PM
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Welcome.
The SV650 may be what you need as the DL650 is a little tall for some, but it can be lowered.
The DL650 is economical and reliable, and probably the better touring bike once on the move. There is also a never ending supply of accessories.

Look here for more on SV's https://www.sv650.org/sv650_links.htm

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Welcome to the forum, Runaway.

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-12-2019, 02:47 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. There are a few members of a similar height on this forum, who, as per Brockie "ride can be lowered", have lowered their V-Stroms overall seat to ground height, to suit their respective needs. The lowering technique can range from raising the front forks in the yoke / triple tree, to longer dog bones to lower the rear end (typical info on lowering links, https://www.adventuretech.biz/gen-1-...-1-dl1000.html), to changing the seat height or cutting the seat rubbers. A search on this site will lead to some good info on each method. Good luck with your choice.
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-12-2019, 10:19 AM
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The Dl650 is a sit up bike and the SV650 is a crouch over the gas tank. Which sound more comfortable for the riding you want to do.
I'm shorter and older and uglier than you and find the DL650 a great bike for the riding you mention. Just do it!
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-12-2019, 02:23 PM
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Aint nobody got time for maybe's!

I really liked my SV650, but I LOVED my vstrom 650. I'm 5'8 and the DL650 height was not an issue. The DL will be more comfortable and satisfy more of your riding wants and needs. Plus, if you like to ride a little aggressive, you know for grins, I found the DL650 to be much more willing and capable.

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post #7 of 10 Old 09-12-2019, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome and advice. I have ridden a couple DL650s, it fits well and is fun to ride; just looking for the best buy for me.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-16-2019, 01:40 PM
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I really liked my SV650, but I LOVED my vstrom 650.
Same here. I'll point out the OP said he's looking at a few "VS"650s, not SV650s, so I assume the VS is an abbreviated VStrom. Both great bikes, but you can do so much more on 'strom...unless you need to go fast around a race track.

I'm 5'10", can't flat-foot on the bike but can get close enough. And i recently discovered I can pick it up by myself, although my back was sure sore for a couple days. It's a great lightweight, go-anywhere tourer, which is just what I want.

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Same here. I'll point out the OP said he's looking at a few "VS"650s, not SV650s, so I assume the VS is an abbreviated VStrom. Both great bikes, but you can do so much more on 'strom...unless you need to go fast around a race track.

I'm 5'10", can't flat-foot on the bike but can get close enough. And i recently discovered I can pick it up by myself, although my back was sure sore for a couple days. It's a great lightweight, go-anywhere tourer, which is just what I want.
Love mine too and 5'11 and almost flat foot. The pegs are right where my legs fall so they are widened out which is why I don't flat foot both on my 19 strom.

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-17-2019, 01:09 AM
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Go for it and welcome!

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