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I had a 2008 Wee, then a 2009 Honda CBF1000 and in 2015 got a new left over 2014 1000.
I have not ridden with a passenger on either of the stroms.
I took the wife out once on the CBF 1000.
The CBF was an inline four tuned for torque....a truly lovely engine.
I will say that when dealing with a heavier load, torque is your friend.
The 650 would do it but the 1000 has a ton of low and midrange torque and that makes things a lot more effortless.
Not to mention the brakes and suspension are better on the 1000.

BTW, not dissing on the 650 at all as it is very comfy and has one of the nicest engines ever made imho.
But once again, big torque is your friend when two up.
 

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Seat height isn't though. I agree with everything there, but the 1000 pillion seat is noticeably higher than the 650.

The gen 2 and up 650's are actually pretty decent with a pillion for the same reason the 1000 is better than either, they have noticeably more low end than the gen 1's.

I have a 2012 650 and 2014 1000 in the garage, two up it's her CTX700 gets the nod simply because of the seat height. That's despite really feral traffic calming measures on the local streets and a CTX being really clearance deprived even 1-up.
 

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Ok, I have a dr650 and blew the clutch riding back from Glacier Natl. I was riding into a 20mph head wind w gusts 25+. The bike was wrapped out trying to keep 75mph. Am I going to have the same problem if I get a 650 vstrom? The DR is carberated versus the fuel injection of a 2015 or newer vstrom.
 

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Not unless the clutch is out of adjustment.

I do replace the clutches earlier than most. They will start to slip a little between ~60,000 - 100,000k's but it's only noticeable after you replace the clutch pack as improved pickup, particularly drive out of corners. I've done rides like that loaded up with luggage with no problems at all.

There are a very few reports of blown clutches on 650's but they were traced back to poor adjustment, frayed cables and the like.
 
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